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Listening and Knowledge in Reformation Europe

Hearing, Speaking and Remembering in Calvin’s Geneva


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Anna Kvicalova
    Pages 1-35
  3. Anna Kvicalova
    Pages 37-67
  4. Anna Kvicalova
    Pages 133-181
  5. Anna Kvicalova
    Pages 215-255
  6. Anna Kvicalova
    Pages 257-261
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-267

About this book


This book investigates a host of primary sources documenting the Calvinist Reformation in Geneva, exploring the history and epistemology of religious listening at the crossroads of sensory anthropology and religion, knowledge, and media. It reconstructs the social, religious, and material relations at the heart of the Genevan Reformation by examining various facets of the city’s auditory culture which was marked by a gradual fashioning of new techniques of listening, speaking, and remembering. Anna Kvicalova analyzes the performativity of sensory perception in the framework of Calvinist religious epistemology, and approaches hearing and acoustics both as tools through which the Calvinist religious identity was constructed, and as objects of knowledge and rudimentary investigation. The heightened interest in the auditory dimension of communication observed in Geneva is studied against the backdrop of contemporary knowledge about sound and hearing in a wider European context.


Calvinist Reformation sensory perception auditory communication performativity of auditory religious epistemology Reformed Sermon Consistory Deaf and Mutes de Nature

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Theoretical StudyCharles UniversityPraha 1Czech Republic

About the authors

Anna Kvicalova is Research Fellow at the Center for Theoretical Study at Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Listening and Knowledge in Reformation Europe
  • Book Subtitle Hearing, Speaking and Remembering in Calvin’s Geneva
  • Authors Anna Kvicalova
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-03836-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-03837-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 267
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Early Modern Europe
    Cultural History
    Social History
    History of Religion
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“This is an extremely impressive piece of scholarship that many will want to read. Its findings are important and will likely lead to other work exploring sense perception, hearing, memory, and the like in the Genevan Reformation.” (Jon Balserak, Reading Religion,, February 9, 2021)