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2016 Geertz Prize open for nominations. The Society for the Anthropology of Religion a section of the American Anthropological Association announces the 2016 juried competition for the CLIFFORD GEERTZ PRIZE IN THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION The Geertz Prize seeks to encourage excellence in the anthropology of religion by recognizing an outstanding recent book in the field.  The prize is named in […]

2015 Student Paper Prize Announcement. The Society for the Anthropology of Religion was proud to award the following prize at the 114th AAA Annual Meeting in Denver: The Student Paper Prize IN THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION The Society for the Anthropology of Religion seeks to encourage excellence in the anthropology of religion among emerging scholars by recognizing an outstanding student paper in the field. […]

About The Society for the Anthropology of Religion

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR) is a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). We seek to facilitate the research and teaching of the anthropology of religion.

We wish to support anthropological approaches to the study of religion from all the subdisciplines: cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology and others. We also intend to encourage and help provide avenues for enhanced communication among scholars sharing the interests of anthropology and religion. When you join AAA or renew your membership, you can become a member of SAR by selecting it as one of your sections.

Each year we host sessions at the annual meeting of the AAA and every other year hold a conference on the anthropology of religion, including the Roy Rappaport Lecture. We also publish a book series, Contemporary Anthropology of Religion, with Palgrave-Macmillian. Every year, we honor an outstanding recent book in our field with the Clifford Geertz Prize.

There are a number of ways to serve your colleagues in SAR. SAR is governed by four officers, the immediate past president or president-elect (as available), and eight members-at-large, at least one of whom is a student. The current members of the executive committee are listed here.

And we always welcome new members! You become a member of SAR when you join AAA or renew your membership and select it as one of your sections. Feel free to contact the officers, or sign up for our listserv.