Anna Fedele is a senior researcher (FCT Investigator) at the Center for Research in Anthropology of the Lisbon University Institute (CRIA, ISCTE-IUL), whose research focuses on the intersections of religion and gender with a particular interest for pilgrimage, ritual creativity and heritage. Currently she is coordinating a research project funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) on pilgrimage and lived religion at the Marian shrine of Fatima in Portugal. She is the author of the award-winning Looking for Mary Magdalene: Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France (Oxford University Press, 2013), and the co-editor of Gender and Power in Contemporary Spirituality (Routledge, 2013) as well as Encounters of Body and Soul in Contemporary Religious Practices (Berghahn, 2011). Anna is co-founder of the Network for the Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and the co-director of the Routledge book series Gendering the Study of Religion in the Social Sciences.
As part of the HERILIGION project Anna explores the heritagization of sacred spaces in Fatima as well as processes of interreligious dialogue at this important Marian shrine in occasion of the celebration of the centenary of the apparitions and the canonization of the visionaries (2016-2017).