2019 SAR Conference Registration

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the 2019 SAR conference!

Please do pre-register for the conference through the AAA portal, which is now available. (Registration on site will be more complex and more expensive.) You can find the portal, listed along with other events, atwww.americananthro.org/section-meetings You have to login to register, and once you’ve logged in you should reach a page with various activities arrayed on the left. Go to ‘Add Meeting Registration’ and scroll down to find the SAR meetings. Once you start to register you’ll see the relevant prices displayed for your status (member, student member, non-member, student non-member).

It’s important also to register early for accommodation at Victoria College to guarantee a room. The relevant site is: http://www.vicu.utoronto.ca/hospitality/resaccommodations/SummerAccommodations/ReservationInformation/MakeAReservation.htm

Accommodation at Victoria College, where the SAR biennial will be held:

  • $77.25 per single room / per night (+ 13% HST = $87.29)
  • $103.00 per double room / per night (+ 13% HST = $116.39

When you book accommodation, please do let Simon Coleman (simon[email protected]) and the College know if you need meal accommodations for Ramadan, as well as access to a prayer room, and an indication of the times when the latter might be needed.

If you wish to make suggestions for what we should cover in our two graduate student mentoring sessions do let Simon know about that as well.

See you in May!

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.

Eligibility

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

To receive additional information on how to submit a book for consideration, please contact me at [email protected]. Deadline for submission of books is April 30 2019.


JoAnn D’Alisera
Chair, 2019 Geertz Prize Committee

2019 SAR Graduate Student Paper Prize Announcement

2019 SAR Graduate Student Paper Prize Announcement

Submissions Due June 15, 2019

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR) is pleased to announce its graduate student paper prize competition, which is aimed towards encouraging emerging scholars to write compelling ethnographies on religion. This prize is intended to foster theoretically significant, ethnographically rich work by students at an early stage of their career.

The prize includes a cash award of $250 for the winning paper, which might be recommended for publication in Religion and Society. There will also be a $100 cash award for the runner up. SAR will continue its mentorship program that will pair select graduate student finalists with faculty mentors. Finalists will have an opportunity to meet with their mentor at the 2019 AAA meetings in Vancouver to gain valuable feedback on revising their papers for publication.

At the time of submission, authors must be graduate students in anthropology or a related field in a university anywhere in the world and must be a member of SAR. Finalists will be notified early in the fall semester and paired with a faculty mentor before the 2019 AAA meetings. Winners will be publicly announced at a special mentorship reception, where finalists will be invited to present their work with commentary from their mentors. Winners and finalists will also be recognized at the SAR business meeting.

Interested graduate students are invited to submit their previously unpublished, original and polished work to Mara Leichtman ([email protected]) and Ana Mariella Bacigalupo ([email protected]) by June 15, 2019. Papers must be written in English, and should be no more than 30 double-spaced pages, including abstract, bibliography, and notes, and in 12-point font. Please write “SAR Paper Prize Submission” in the subject line of the email.

Limit of one submission per person. Students who competed in last year’s competition cannot reapply.’

2018 Student Paper Prize Meeting

Photo taken of the luncheon for the 2018 SAR Student Paper Prize winners, November 17, 2018.

2018 Student Prize Meeting

The Department of Anthropology at San Jose State University kindly agreed to host this lunch for SAR.

Names clockwise starting from the left end of the table: Simon Coleman, Leanne Williams, Kalpesh Bhatt (finalist), Robert Weller, Mayfair Yang (mentor), Jane Saffitz (winner), Roberta Ricucci, Mara Leichtman (judge), Stacey Langewick (mentor), Khalidah Ali, Crystal Sheedy (runner up), Fred Klaits (mentor), and Tyler Zoanni (finalist).

Our host from the Department, Jay Ou, is standing in the back. We also thank the Head of the Department of Anthropology at San Jose State U, Roberto Gonzalez.

To find out more about the SAR Student Paper Prize, and the upcoming call for submission, click here.

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.

2019 SAR Biennial Conference

SAR Biennial Conference May 21-23, 2019

Politics of Religious Knowledge and Ignorance

SAR meets every other year for a vibrant and diverse conference of research and ideas in the anthropology of religion. The next meeting of SAR will be in Toronto, Ontario from May 21 to May 23, 2019. The theme of the meeting will be “Politics of Religious Knowledge and Ignorance” (see abstract below).

Meeting Information:

When: May 21 to May 23, 2019

Where: Victoria College, University of Toronto

Address: Victoria College, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1K7

Rates: Excellent inexpensive accommodation will be available at Victoria College itself, and you should consider booking as early as possible after acceptance of your proposal to guarantee a place.

Registration Fees:

Registration details will in due course go through the American Anthropological Association website.

 

Meeting Abstract:

Politics of Religious Knowledge and Ignorance

Knowledge has always been a central concern of the anthropology of religion, touching on questions of rationality, myth, ethnographic evidence, and local forms of observation and explanation. Earlier approaches to anthropological knowledge have been productively challenged by important gendered, material, affective, cognitive, ethical, and ontological turns in recent decades. The time is ripe to re-examine the status of knowledge in our sub-discipline, and simultaneously to address increased scholarly interest in regimes of ignorance, where supposed lack of knowledge—in parallel with debates about ‘non-religion’—must often be understood not as absence but as ideologically charged presence. 

This conference invites contributors to examine these and related questions at a time when the social sciences as forms of knowledge are being placed under political scrutiny, but when new opportunities are also emerging. Given the continued role of religion in the public realms of most societies, how might the anthropology of religion—alongside or distinct from theology and the natural sciences—articulate an equally public voice? We invite papers and panels covering, but certainly not restricted to: 

Possible Panels or Sub-Topics

  • Knowledge and/or ignorance as regimes of religious power and authority
  • Connections and distinctions between knowledge, ignorance, secrecy, and the un-knowable 
  •  The prophetic voice in the wilderness?: who do anthropologists of religion speak to, how do they speak, and who listens? 
  • Competing forms of reality: ‘mythical’, ‘alternative’, and ‘fake’?
  • Post-colonial politics of knowledge production about religion 
  • Indigenous forms of ‘religious’ knowledge and the limits of anthropological imagination 
  • The ethics of knowledge creation and dissemination about religion 
  • Religious languages and the circulation of knowledge and ignorance 
  • Ritual as knowledge-making or knowledge-masking 
  • Relations between religious, spiritual, magical, and/or scientific modes of (un-)knowing 
  • (In-)commensurabilities between anthropology, theology, philosophy, psychology 
  • Queering knowledges in the anthropology of religion 
  • Gendered spaces of religious knowledge and ignorance 
  • Questions of race, religion, and varieties of knowing or not knowing 
  • Embodying knowledge and/or ignorance 
  • Religious planning and infrastructures: temporalities, aspirations, knowledges 
  • The impact of mobilities and transnational networks on religious forms of knowing and not-knowing 

General inquiries about the conference should be sent to [email protected] 

Proposed abstracts should be sent to [email protected] by January 21, 2019 at the latest, preferably earlier. 

We accept individual paper proposals or proposals for single or double panels. The format for all panel proposals is 500 words and for all papers is 250 words, including title. Panel proposals should include both a general panel abstract and abstracts for individual papers. Please do not include references.

Layout is single-spaced and font is Times New Roman, 12pt. All proposals should include name and email address(es) of author(s). Single panels are 105 minutes and double are 210. We recommend 15 minutes for each presentation, and that you include time for discussion. Proposed panels should include suggested Chair(s). We also accept more flexible panels, include author-meets-critics and roundtable discussions, or another format you may wish to suggest. Within reason, we do not intend to restrict multiple roles of participants. If you wish to advertise a panel proposal on the SAR list-serve contact [email protected] in the first instance. 

Please consider including people who are not currently members of SAR in proposals. 

We intend to offer small travel scholarships to graduate students, based on the program committee’s assessment of the best student abstracts. Please indicate if you are a graduate student and wish for your abstract to be put into the competition. 

We intend also to offer some mentoring sessions for graduate students: if you have ideas for topics to be covered please email [email protected] and [email protected] 

The conference will take place during Ramadan (May 5-June 4), and we are keen to ensure that members of the Muslim faith will be accommodated in every way possible. We hope to provide more details closer to the time, but please do contact us ([email protected]) with any concerns and suggestions you may have.

2018 SAR Student Paper Prize Competition

2018 SAR Graduate Student Paper Prize Announcement: Submissions Due September 10, 2018

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR) is pleased to announce its graduate student paper prize competition, which is aimed towards encouraging emerging scholars to write compelling ethnographies on religion. This prize is intended to foster theoretically significant, ethnographically rich work by students at an early stage of their career.

The prize includes a cash award of $250 for the winning paper, which might be recommended for publication in Religion and Society. There will also be a $100 cash award for the runner up. New this year, SAR will be launching a mentorship program that will pair select graduate student finalists with faculty mentors. Finalists will have an opportunity to meet with their mentor at the 2018 AAA meetings in San Jose, CA to gain valuable feedback on revising their papers for publication.

At the time of submission, authors must be graduate students in anthropology or a related field in a university anywhere in the world and must be a member of SAR. Finalists will be notified early in the fall semester and paired with a faculty mentor before the 2018 AAA meetings. Winners will be publicly announced at a special mentorship reception, where finalists will be invited to present their work with commentary from their mentors. Winners and finalists will also be recognized at the SAR business meeting.

Interested graduate students are invited to submit their previously unpublished, original and polished work to Mara Leichtman ([email protected]) and Ana Mariella Bacigalupo ([email protected]) by September 10, 2018. Papers must be written in English, and should be no more than 30 double-spaced pages, including abstract, bibliography, and notes, and in 12-point font. Please write “SAR Paper Prize Submission” in the subject line of the email. Limit of one submission per person.

2018 Geertz Prize Open for Nominations

 The Society for the Anthropology of Religion 

A section of the American Anthropological Association 

announces the 2018 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.

Eligibility 

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 2016 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 2018.

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 [email protected] Deadline for submission of books is 30 April 2018.

JoAnn D’Alisera

Chair, 2018 Geertz Prize Committee

2017 Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion was proud to award the following prize at the 116th AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.:

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

Elizabeth Pérez

Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions

(NYU Press 2016)

Timothy Landry presenting Elizabeth Pérez with the 2017 Geertz Prize. Photo by Stephen Selka.

Honorable Mentions

Annalisa Butticci

African Pentecostals in Catholic Europe: The Politics of Presence in the Twenty-first Century

(Harvard University Press 2016)

 

Attiya Ahmad

Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work, and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait

(Duke University Press 2017)

 

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