2019 Clifford Geertz Prize In The Anthropology Of Religion

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion – A section of the American Anthropological Association announces the 2019 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 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 2017 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 2019.

Submission guidelines

The submission process for 2019 is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Simon Coleman @ [email protected]

JoAnn D’Alisera
Chair, 2019 Geertz Prize Committee