Marcela Londoño


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Marcela Londoño holds a degree in Hispanic Philology and a PhD in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. At the same institution, she is currently director of the FORPRAL project, Forbidden Prayers Library. Shaping Private Piety in Counter-Reformation Europe (16th-18th centuries), developed within the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme, Marie-Slodowska Curie Action, Intra European Fellowship, and is a member of the academic board of the Seminario de Estudios sobre el Renacimiento (SR). Her research has focused on the control of private piety, with special attention to deviant or superstitious devotional practices, mainly those in which prayer is the central element.

Londoño has participated in several competitively funded research projects, and been the recipient of a competitive international research contract from the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon, 2016-2017) to study Portuguese collections linked to her research on devotion and superstition in the Iberian sphere. She has been a lecturer and researcher at the ENS-LSH in Lyon (France) and has completed research stays at the Universidade do Porto: Centro Interuniversitário de História da Espiritualidade.

She has published several studies on superstitious devotion and the monograph Las oraciones censuradas. Superstición y devoción en los índices de libros prohibidos de España y Portugal (1551-1583), Barcelona, Herder, 2019, focused on an analysis of the inquisitorial prohibition of prayers and other superstitious practices. The FORPRAL project, Forbidden Prayers Library: Shaping Private Piety in Counter-Reformation Europe (16th-18th centuries) is the culmination of the line of research on forbidden prayers; it adopts a comparative perspective that includes the Italian context, extends the chronology to the entire modern period, and focuses on users’ experiences of prayer and the importance of prayers in private devotional practices.