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Resounding Worship: Networks of Musical Devotion in the European Reformations, 1520-1648

Project description

Religious chants changing identities, gender roles

Public performing of chants evokes an emotional sense of unity, an expression of common identity over political, social, historical and other divisions. There is, however, little research on the multiple influences of liturgical music on the formation of religious beliefs, identities and gender roles in Europe. The EU funded ReSound project will focus on the significant impact of the composition and performance of plainchant in efforts to recreate devastated devotional networks and identities during the period of Reformation in Europe. The project will investigate how representations of femininities in revised saints’ celebrations influenced communities’ gendered ideas and expectations. It will also unveil the musical and devotional role of beguines and other semi religious women during religious upheavals.


Net EU contribution
€ 191 852,16
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala

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Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Uppsala län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00