Personal identification

Full name
Anna Fedele

Citation names

  • Fedele, Anna

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Knowledge fields

  • Social Sciences - Sociology - Anthropology


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Italian Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
German Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
English Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
French Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Intermediate (B1) Advanced (C1)
Spanish; Castilian Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Catalan Intermediate (B1) Advanced (C1) Beginner (A1) Intermediate (B1)
Portuguese Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Intermediate (B1) Advanced (C1)
Degree Classification
Social and Cultural Anthropology (Doutoramento)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Social and Cultural Anthropology (Mestrado)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Lingue e Letterature Straniere (Mestrado)
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy


Host institution
2020/07/01 - Current Researcher (Research) Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal
Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal


Host institution
2013/10/01 - Current Chercheure associée (Associate Researcher), Centre d'Etudes Interdisciplinaires des Faits Religieux (CEIFR) Centre d’études en sciences sociales du religieux, France
2002/05/01 - Current Director of the research group Religion, Ritual and Power (GIRRPO) Institut Catalá d'Antropologia, Spain
2015/07/01 - 2020/06/30 Investigadora FCT Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal
2016/09/20 - 2016/12/12 Research period as part of the project "Fatima, One Century after the Apparitions" Università degli Studi di Trento Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale, Italy
2009/05/01 - 2015/06/30 Post-doctoral student funded by the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT) Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal
2013 - 2015 Post-doctoral researcher funded by FCT Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal
2014/01/27 - 2014/04/18 Visiting Fellow, Institut de Sciences Sociales des Religions Contemporaines, short visit funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland
2008/02/01 - 2013/06/30 Chercheure associée (Associate Researcher), Groupe de Sociologie Politique et Morale Groupe de Sociologie Politique et Morale, France
2013/02/01 - 2013/04/30 Visiting Fellow, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, European University Institute Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Italy
2010/02/01 - 2010/04/30 Visiting Fellow, Anthropology Department Stanford University Department of Anthropology, United States
2004/05/03 - 2004/12/17 Lecturer of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Institut Catalá d'Antropologia, Spain
2004/02/02 - 2004/04/30 Ph.D Research Fellow Centre d’études en sciences sociales du religieux, France


Designation Funders
2016/09/01 - 2021/01/31 HERILIGION
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
European Commission Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development Socio Economic Sciences and Humanities


Designation Funders
2022/06/01 - 2023/12/31 RES, Religion and Environmental Sustainability
Post-doc Fellow
Studio Teologico Accademico Bressanone, Italy
2015/06 - 2020/06 Fátima One Century After the Apparitions: Gender, Pilgrimage and Lived Religion
Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology FCT
2016/09/01 - 2020/02/28 The heritagization of religion and the sacralization of heritage in contemporary Europe
Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal


  1. Fedele, A.; Knibbe, K.E.. Secular societies, spiritual selves?: The gendered triangle of religion, secularity and spirituality. 2020.
  2. Fedele, A.; Knibbe, K.E.. Introduction: Spirituality, the third category in a gendered triangle. 2020.
  3. Fedele, A.; Isnart, C.. From cryptic to critique: Early and contemporary French contributions to the study of pilgrimage. 2015.
  4. Fedele, A.. "Black" madonna versus "white" madonna: Gendered power strategies in alternative pilgrimages to Marian shrines. 2013.
  5. Fedele, A.; Knibbe, K.E.. Introduction: Gender and power in contemporary spirituality. 2013.
  6. Fedele, A.. Looking for Mary Magdalene. Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France.. Oxford University Press. 2013.
  7. Fedele, A.. The Goddess movement in traditionally Catholic countries of Southern Europe and its reinterpretation of Christian public spaces | Il movimento della Dea nei paesi tradizionalmente cattolici del Sud dell'Europa e la sua reinterpretazione di spazi pubblici cristiani. 2012.
  8. Fedele, A.. Gender, sexuality and religious critique among mary magdalene pilgrims in Southern France. 2012.
  9. Fedele, A.; Blanes, R.. Introduction. 2011.
  10. Fedele, A.; Blanes, R.. Encounters of body and soul in contemporary religious practices: Anthropological refl ections. 2011.
  11. Fedele, A.. El camino de Maria Magdalena. un recorrido antropológico por la ruta de peregrinaje de la nueva espiritualidad. RBA. 2008.
Book chapter
  1. Anna Fedele; Mapril, José. "Between Catholic Nationalism and Interreligious Cosmopolitanism". In Managing Sacralities: Competing and Converging Claims of Religious Heritage, edited by Ernst van de Hemmel, Oscar Salemink and Irene Stengs, 183-202. Berghahn, 2022.
  2. Fedele, Anna. "Mo(nu)ments of Vulnerability: The Centrality of Ritual Creativity in Pilgrimages to Catholic Shrines in France and Portugal". 275-296. Springer International Publishing, 2021.
  3. Fedele, Anna. "Introduction". edited by Anna Fedele; Kim Knibbe, 1-29. London and New York: Routledge, 2020.
  4. Fedele, Anna. "God Wants Spiritual Fruits Not Religious Nuts". edited by Anna Fedele; Kim Knibbe, 166-183. London and New York: Routledge, 2020.
  5. Fedele, A.. ""God wants spiritual fruits not religious nuts": Spirituality as middle way between religion and secularism at the Marian shrine of Fatima". 166-183. 2020.
  6. Fedele, A.. "Spirituality and gender". 135-141. 2019.
  7. Fedele, A.; Knibbe, K.. "From Angel in the home to sacred prostitute: Unconditional love and gendered hierarchies in contemporary spirituality". 2016.
    Published • 10.1007/978-3-319-42598-6_9
Edited book
  1. Fedele, Anna. Secular Societies, Spiritual Selves? The Gendered Triangle of Religion, Spirituality and Secularity. London and New York: Routledge. 2020.
    Published • Editor
  2. Fedele, A.; Knibbe, K.. Gender and Power in Contemporary Spirituality: Ethnographic Approaches. Routledge. 2013.
    Published • Editor
  3. Fedele, A.; Blanes, R.. Encounters of Body and Soul in Contemporary Religious Practices. Anthropological Reflections. Berghahn Books. 2011.
    Published • Editor
Journal article
  1. Fedele, A.. "La spiritualité comme terrain d’entente entre la religion et le sécularisme : une approche ethnographique". Social Compass 67 2 (2020): 177-190. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0037768620921705.
    Published • 10.1177/0037768620921705
  2. Fedele, A.. "When homebirth “goes wrong”: holistic mothers who end up giving birth in a Portuguese hospital". Etnográfica 22 3 (2018): 691-714. https://journals.openedition.org/etnografica/6099.
    Published • 10.4000/etnografica.6099
  3. Fedele, A.. "Che genere di spiritualità? Riflessioni antropologiche su donne, maternità e spiritualità nei paesi tradizionalmente cattolici del Sud dell'Europa". Religioni e Società: Rivista di scienze sociali della religione (2017): http://www.libraweb.net/articoli.php?chiave=201731302&rivista=313.
  4. Fedele, A.. "‘Holistic mothers’ or ‘bad mothers’? Challenging biomedical models of the body in Portugal". Religion and Gender 6 1 (2016): 95-111. https://religionandgender.org/articles/abstract/10.18352/rg.10128/.
    Published • 10.18352/rg.10128
  5. Fedele, A.. "Créativité et incertitude dans les nouveaux rituels contemporains". Social Compass 61 4 (2014): 497-510. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84911021861&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  6. Fedele, A.. "Energy and transformation in alternative pilgrimages to Catholic shrines: deconstructing the tourist/pilgrim divide". Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change 12 2 (2014): 150-165. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14766825.2014.915091.
    Published • 10.1080/14766825.2014.915091
  7. Claverie, É.; Fedele, A.. "Incertitudes et religions vernaculaires/Uncertainty in vernacular religions". Social Compass 61 4 (2014): 487-496. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84911019931&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  8. Fedele, A.. "Reversing Eve’s curse: Mary Magdalene Pilgrims and the creative ritualization of menstruation". Journal of Ritual Studies (2014): http://www.pitt.edu/~strather/journal.htm.
  9. Fedele, A.. "From Christian religion to feminist spirituality: Mary Magdalene pilgrimages to La Sainte-Baume, France". Culture and Religion 10 3 (2009): 243-261. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14755610903279663.
    Published • 10.1080/14755610903279663


Other output
  1. When homebirth ¿goes wrong¿: holistic mothers who end up giving birth in a Portuguese hospital. The article is based on research about holistic mothering in contemporary Portugal. Holistic mothering is an umbrella term, used here to describe different mothering choices based on the assumption that pregnancy, birthing and early mothering are important spiritual experiences for the mother and the child, but also for the father. In Portugal, many holistic mothers choose homebirth and avoid what. 2018. Fedele,Anna. http://www.scielo.mec.pt/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0873-65612018000300010.
  2. Birthing matters in Portugal: introduction. In this introduction to the collection ¿Birthing matters in Portugal,¿ the contributions of anthropology to the understanding of childbirth as social practice are outlined. Portugal is a country with one of the highest rates of medical intervention in childbirth in Europe, and widespread and diverse opposition to current medicalised approaches to birthing care in Portugal are becoming increasingly. 2018. Fedele,Anna; White,Joanna. http://www.scielo.mec.pt/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0873-65612018000300006.
  3. The Metamorphoses of Neopaganism in Traditionally Catholic Countries in Southern Europe. Sites and Politics of Religious Diversity in Southern Europe. 2013. Fedele, A.. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004255241_005.
  4. 2012: The environmental prophecy that could not fail. Religion and Society. 2013. Fedele, A.. https://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/religion-and-society/religion-and-society-overview.xml.

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2020/03/04 Pilgrimages and social critique in Fátima
Universitá Roma Tre (Roma)
2020/02 What can we learn from pilgrimages to Fátima
University of Torino, Italy (Torino, Italy)


Thesis Title
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2018/01/01 - 2025/01/01 Perceptions, discourses and representations related to experiences of obstetric violence
Co-supervisor of Ana Catarina de Figueiredo Barata
Antropologia (PhD)
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
2018/01/01 - 2023/10/10 Teias de plenitude e transformação: dinâmicas de género, ecologia e poder em grupos Neopagãos em Portugal e no Reino Unido
Supervisor of Joana Rita Rosa Martins
Antropologia (PhD)
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2020/01/30 - Current "Enchanted places, heritage spaces (Lugares encantados, espaços de património )" (2020/01/30)
Exhibition (Co-organisor)
Museu Nacional de Etnologia, Portugal
2020/01/30 - Current "Enchanted places, heritage spaces (Lugares encantados, espaços de património )" (2020/01/30)
Exhibition (Member of the Organising Committee)

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2020/02/12 - Current Fátima and Politics
Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy
2020/02/01 - Current (Dis)enchanted heritage, enchanted pilgrimage? Managing Fátima as a space for heritage and religion, invited lecture at the final project meeting of the HERA funded research project HERILIGION, Lisbon, National Museum of Ethnography, February 2020
Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal

Museu Nacional de Etnologia, Portugal


2019 Prémio ISCTE
ISCTE Business School, Portugal
2013 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion
American Academy of Religion, United States

Other distinction

2023 Invited Visiting professor, Friedrich August University, Erlangen Germany
2015 Fifth Aasta Hansteen Lecturer on Gender and Religion, August 2015
2014 Livro do Mes , Biblioteca ISCTE-IUL, MAIO 2014
American Academy of Religion, United States
2008 Award of the additional title of European Doctor
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
1998 Prize for the best graduate student at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the Universitá Cattolica di Milano