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Expert meeting “Fatima, One Century after the Apparitions: Ethnographic Approaches to Pilgrimage and Marian Devotion”

04/12/2017 - 05/12/2017

Expert meeting
“Fatima, One Century after the Apparitions: Ethnographic Approaches to Pilgrimage and Marian Devotion”

With: Anna Fedele, William A. Christian, Monique Scheer, Clara Saraiva, Marina Pignatelli, Tiago Marques Pires

4 december 2017: Room AA.226, ISCTE-IUL
5 december 2017: fieldwork excursion to Fatima

Convenor: Anna Fedele
Org.: NAR – Network for the Anthropology of Religion (CRIA)

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This expert meeting brings together scholars specializing on the study of Marian devotion who have done research on the cult to Our Lady of Fatima. In occasion of the celebration of the centenary of the apparitions in 2017, this meeting will allow to reflect about the changing meanings related to Our Lady of Fatima and on the experiences of the pilgrims visiting the shrine.

This meeting is part of a five-year research project funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology focusing on pilgrimage and lived religion in Fatima, that privileges an ethnographic approach seeking to understand the pilgrims’ experiences. Through the compilation of life stories and follow-up interviews the aim of this project is to offer an in-depth understanding of the ways in which the pilgrims’ beliefs and practices change and adapt during and after the pilgrimage experience. The encounter and exchange with scholars who have approached religion and Marian devotion from an anthropological and historical perspective will allow to situate the ethnographic findings in a broader context and to analyze continuities and ruptures throughout time.

The expert meeting includes a fieldwork excursion to Fatima, to assess and discuss the changes made at the Marian shrine to mark the centenary of the apparitions, the papal visit in May 2017 and the canonization of two of the visionaries. This ethnographic excursion will allow to test previous findings and analyses presented and discussed during the first day and open also pathways for new interpretations.


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