Academic Degree



Associated researchers


Research Context

Portugal | Spain | Italy | France

Research Interests

Religion | Gender | Pilgrimage | Sexuality

Institutional Subunit


Biographical Note

Anna Fedele is a senior researcher at CRIA - Lisbon University Institute. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University (2010), the European University Institute (2013) and the University of Lausanne (2014). Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, religion, and corporeality. She is the author of “Looking for Mary Magdalene” (Oxford University Press, 2012) that received the Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion of the American Academy of Religion. She has co-edited “Encounters of Body and Soul in Contemporary Religious Practices” (Berghahn Books, 2011) and “Gender and Power in Contemporary Spirituality” (Routledge, 2013).

All projects

Data updated on 26-05-2024, from platform CIÊNCIAVITAE.


RES, Religion and Environmental Sustainability


Post-doc Fellow

Studio Teologico Accademico Bressanone


The heritagization of religion and the sacralization of heritage in contemporary Europe



Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia

Financiers: HERA-JRP





Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Financiers: European Commission Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development Socio Economic Sciences and Humanities


Fátima One Century After the Apparitions: Gender, Pilgrimage and Lived Religion


Financiers: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology FCT

All Publications

Data updated on 26-05-2024 , from platform CIÊNCIAVITAE .

Book chapter

Between Catholic Nationalism and Interreligious Cosmopolitanism

Anna Fedele; Mapril, José, Managing Sacralities: Competing and Converging Claims of Religious Heritage, edited by Ernst van de Hemmel, Oscar Salemink and Irene Stengs. Berghahn. 2022. Published

Book chapter

Between Catholic Nationalism and Inter-religious Cosmopolitanism Religious Heritage in Fátima and Mouraria, Portugal

Mapril, José; Fedele, Anna, Managing Sacralities: Competing and Converging Claims of Religious Heritage. Berghahn. United Kingdom. 2022. Published

Book chapter


Fedele, Anna, Anna Fedele; Kim Knibbe. Routledge. London and New York. 2020. Published

Edited book

Secular Societies, Spiritual Selves? The Gendered Triangle of Religion, Spirituality and Secularity

Fedele, Anna, Anna Fedele; Kim Knibbe. Routledge. London and New York. 2020. Published

Journal article

La spiritualité comme terrain d’entente entre la religion et le sécularisme : une approche ethnographique

Fedele, A., Social Compass. 177 - 190. 2. 67. 2020. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0037768620921705 . 10.1177/0037768620921705 . Published

Journal article

When homebirth “goes wrong”: holistic mothers who end up giving birth in a Portuguese hospital

Fedele, A., Etnográfica . 691 - 714. 3. 22. 2018. https://journals.openedition.org/etnografica/6099 . 10.4000/etnografica.6099 . Published

Journal article

‘Holistic mothers’ or ‘bad mothers’? Challenging biomedical models of the body in Portugal

Fedele, A., Religion and Gender. 95 - 111. 1. 6. 2016. https://religionandgender.org/articles/abstract/10.18352/rg.10128/ . 10.18352/rg.10128 . Published

Book chapter

From Angel in the home to sacred prostitute: Unconditional love and gendered hierarchies in contemporary spirituality

Fedele, A.; Knibbe, K., 2016. Published

Journal article

Energy and transformation in alternative pilgrimages to Catholic shrines: deconstructing the tourist/pilgrim divide

Fedele, A., Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change. 150 - 165. 2. 12. 2014. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14766825.2014.915091 . 10.1080/14766825.2014.915091 . Published

Edited book

Gender and Power in Contemporary Spirituality: Ethnographic Approaches

Fedele, A.; Knibbe, K., Routledge. 2013. Published


Looking for Mary Magdalene. Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France.

Fedele, A., Oxford University Press. 2013. Published

Edited book

Encounters of Body and Soul in Contemporary Religious Practices. Anthropological Reflections

Fedele, A.; Blanes, R., Berghahn Books. 2011. Published


Encounters of body and soul in contemporary religious practices: Anthropological refl ections

Fedele, A.; Blanes, R., 2011. Published



Fedele, A.; Blanes, R., 2011. Published

Journal article

From Christian religion to feminist spirituality: Mary Magdalene pilgrimages to La Sainte-Baume, France

Fedele, A., Culture and Religion. 243 - 261. 3. 10. 2009. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14755610903279663 . 10.1080/14755610903279663 . Published


El camino de Maria Magdalena. un recorrido antropológico por la ruta de peregrinaje de la nueva espiritualidad

Fedele, A., RBA. 2008. Published