Call for Submissions: 2024 Geertz Prize

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion
A section of the American Anthropological Association

announces the 2024 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 2022 or 2023. 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 2024.

Submission guidelines

If you would like your book to be considered, please fill in the new online form.  After you have completed the form, please arrange for copies of the book to be sent to all members of the Geertz Prize Committee. Please contact Naomi Haynes ( to request addresses. Books must be submitted in hard copy to be considered. The committee will not accept electronic submissions.

Please direct all questions to the chair. Deadline for submission of books is:

April 1, 2024

Naomi Haynes
Chair, 2024 Geertz Prize Committee