Call for Nominations for the 2011 Geertz Prize

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion, a section of the American Anthropological Association, announces the 2011 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 bookÕs 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 2009 or later.

The prize will be awarded at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in November, 2011.

Submission Guidelines

To submit a book for consideration, please send six (6) copies to the following address by March 31, 2011:

Aisha Khan
Chair, Geertz Prize Committee
Department of Anthropology
New York University
25 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003