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



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 honor of the late Professor Clifford Geertz, in recognition of his many distinguished contributions to the anthropological study of religion.  In awarding the Prize, the Society hopes to foster innovative scholarship, the integration of theory with ethnography, and the connection of the anthropology of religion to the larger world.


Any single-authored or co-authored book focusing on the anthropology of religion, broadly defined, is eligible for the Prize. Edited volumes, textbooks, and reference works are not eligible, nor are works in which religion is a secondary subject. The book’s author need not be an anthropologist by profession, but the work should draw on and respond to research and theory within the anthropology of religion. Books must have a publication date of 2014 or later. Books that have already been reviewed for the Prize will not be reconsidered.

The prize will be awarded at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in November, 2016.

Submission guidelines

To receive additional information on how to submit a book for consideration, please send a flyer or an abstract about the book to Jonathan Hill at [email protected]. Deadline for submission of books is March 31, 2016.

A pdf of this call for nominations can be found here.

Jonathan D. Hill

Chair, 2016 Geertz Prize Committee