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2014 Geertz Prize open for nominations. The Society for the Anthropology of Religion would like to announce our annual 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 [...]

2013 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion. 2013 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion and Honorable Mention The SAR is pleased to announce the winner of the seventh annual Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion: Michael Lempert’s Discipline and Debate: The Language of Violence in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery (University of California Press, 2012). Honorable mention is awarded to [...]

About The Society for the Anthropology of Religion

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR) is a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). We seek to facilitate the research and teaching of the anthropology of religion.

We wish to support anthropological approaches to the study of religion from all the subdisciplines: cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology and others. We also intend to encourage and help provide avenues for enhanced communication among scholars sharing the interests of anthropology and religion. When you join AAA or renew your membership, you can become a member of SAR by selecting it as one of your sections.

Each year we host sessions at the annual meeting of the AAA and every other year hold a conference on the anthropology of religion, including the Roy Rappaport Lecture. We also publish a book series, Contemporary Anthropology of Religion, with Palgrave-Macmillian. Every year, we honor an outstanding recent book in our field with the Clifford Geertz Prize.

There are a number of ways to serve your colleagues in SAR. SAR is governed by four officers, the immediate past president or president-elect (as available), and eight members-at-large, at least one of whom is a student. The current members of the executive committee are listed here.

And we always welcome new members! You become a member of SAR when you join AAA or renew your membership and select it as one of your sections. Feel free to contact the officers, or sign up for our listserv.