Call for papers
drwier at trance.ch
Mon Sep 9 13:14:39 EST 1996
CALL FOR PAPERS
Trance in the Arts
The Trance Institute in conjunction with Trans Media, Inc. of Ann
Arbor, Michigan, is sponsoring the publication of a series of
research papers on trance theory as applied to various fields of
The first publication in the series will be entitled Trance in the
Arts, and is scheduled for publication June 1998.
Papers for the first series are due before the end of December, 1997.
Papers received after that date will be scheduled for a later edition
to be announced. All papers in Trance in the Arts will be available
both in electronic as well as printed formats.
The Electronic edition will preferably be on the web and consist of
links to author maintained documents whenever possible.
Trance theory proposes to explain a variety of trance states and
altered states of consciousness through the systematic identification
of trance generating loops, the description of the resulting
dissociated trance plane and the identification and measurement of
the trance force as well as a description of its effects.
Music, theater, dance and the visual arts represent areas of interest
in which the dissociated trance state can readily be found. Authors
of research papers will chose a specific area within their field of
interest and expertise and apply trance theory in order to identify
important elements of trance.
For example, the music of the Baka pygmies of southeast Cameroon
is created with a series of repeated rhythms in which there are
slight but distinct variations. A research paper would specifically
describe those repeated rhythms as well as each of the distinct
variations. A suggested methodology may be the writing of a computer
program with appropriate instrumentation to isolate and identify
these trance generating loops. In addition the measurement of
physiological effects as a result of listening to the music would be
The research papers should present conclusions regarding the
application and practicality of trance theory and its approach to
meditative, hypnotic, addictive and centric trances.
Assistance in interpreting and applying trance theory is available by
An editorial committee for Trance in the Arts is being formed.
Interested persons should communicate their interest by email.
Completed papers (links) should be sent electronically or via air
Dennis R. Wier, Director
The Trance Institute, Inc.
CH-8311 Bruetten, Switzerland
Tel: 011-41 52 347 10 02
Fax: 011-41 52 347 10 12
E-Mail: drwier at trance.ch.
Trans Media, Inc.
317 South Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104
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