2018 Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion was proud to award the following prize at the 117th AAA Annual Meeting in San Jose, California:

The Clifford Geertz Prize Award 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 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.

For more information about the award and a list of previous winners and honorable mentions, please visit http://sar.americananthro.org/index.php/activities/geertz/

First Prize

N. Fadeke Castor: Spiritual Citizenship: Transnational Pathways from Black Power to Ifá in Trinidad (Duke University Press, 2017)

Second Prize

Michal Kravel-Tovi: When the State Winks: The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel (Columbia University Press, 2017)

Third Prize

Jon Bialecki: A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement (University of California Press, 2017)

CONGRATULATIONS to these scholars for continuing to improve the anthropology of religion!

We would like to acknowledge JoAnn D’Alisera and her committee’s hard work on the 2018 Geertz Prize.

Our gratitude to Saliha Chattoo for capturing the 2018 Geertz Prize event.