February 2022 Newsletter

Hello everyone,

SAR newsletter for this month has arrived! Thank you to everyone who has shared their new publications (congratulations!) and CFPs. We hope to include as many information germane to the anthropology of religion as we could, so please do not hesitate to contact me (febiramadhan2025@u.northwestern.edu) if you have anything to share! We will always look forward to including new books and articles, calls for papers, employment opportunities, awards and prizes, conferences and workshops, publishing opportunities, grant and fellowship opportunities, podcasts, public scholarships, and any other information that you can think of in SAR newsletter to come.

As always, keep up with the most recent SAR news and activities on our websiteFacebook, and Twitter pages! You are certainly welcome to engage with these pages and accounts as well. If you are on Twitter and have something that you wouldd like to be retweeted (or you want us to tweet that information), just DM or mention @AnthroReligion. We are here to support any anthropological scholarship on religion from all the subdisciplines, so do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Thank you,

Febi R. Ramadhan
SAR Communication Liaison
PhD Student, Northwestern University

Society News

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion
A section of the American Anthropological Association
announces the 2022 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 2020 or 2021. 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 2022.

Submission guidelines

If you would like your book to be considered, please ask your publisher to contact me at bielojs@miamioh.edu. To receive additional information on how to submit a book for consideration, please contact me via email. Deadline for submission of books is:

April 1, 2022

James S. Bielo
Chair, 2022 Geertz Prize Committee

New Books and Articles

Powers of Pilgrimage: Religion in a World of Movement
Simon Coleman
New York University Press, 2022

Defining Religion: Durkheim and Weber Compared
Robert Launay
Religions, 2022

Concepts and Persons
Michael Lambek
University of Toronto Press, 2021

A Rabbi of One’s Own? Navigating Religious Authority and Ethical Freedom in Everyday Judaism
Lea Taragin-Zeller
American Anthropologist, 2021

Chinese Environmental Ethics: Religions, Ontologies and Practices
Mayfair Yang (editor)
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Co., 2021

Re-enchanting Modernity: Ritual Economy and Society in Wenzhou, China
Mayfair Yang
Duke University Press, 2020

Call for Papers

Buddhism in the Anthropocene
Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies, Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology, July 14-15, 2022
Abstract deadline: February 28, 2022

Religion and Social Science Unit
2022 American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 19-22, 2022
Proposal deadline: March 1, 2022 at 5 PM EST
Further instructions for submitting proposals can be found here.

Representations and Interpretations of the Passion and Death of Christ: Global Perspectives
Manuscript deadline: April 15, 2022

Employment Opportunities

Assistant Research Professor in Biblical Studies and/or Early Judaism (non-tenure track)
Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Pennsylvania State University
Closing Date: Position open until filled

Assistant Professor in Religion and Culture
Department of Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University
Closing Date: Position open until filled