Opinion: Pentecostal, Pearl Jam – music brings ecstasy to us all June 27, 2014 Whatever the setting, music can lead us into a shared experience of ecstasy – a world which literally means “to stand outside oneself.” This is a subject Sociology Lecturer, Dr Mark Jennings discusses in The Conversation. Dr Jennings draws a correlation between two very difference musical spaces; a Pentecostal congregation and the West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival. He said that within both of these spaces people engage in behavior that they would be unlikely to indulge in otherwise. In both settings music is used to create a discrete space for ecstatic experience. DJs, churches and bands use music to create atmosphere and to build euphoria. Studying these experiences may help us to find ways to connect people and build bridges. You can read his full piece here. Dr Jennings research is primarily in the Sociology of Religion. He has an interest in Pentecostal spirituality and the development of Pentecostalism as a phenomenon in the twenty-first century. His research explores the interaction between theology and sociology, particularly as it relates to popular culture and religion. Print This Post Media contact: Hayley Mayne Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, Research, School of Arts Tags: conversation, mark jennings, pearl jam, pentecostal, west coast blues n roots Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!