Ilana van Wyk‘s book, The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in South Africa: A church of strangers (Cambridge University Press, 2014), has recently been nominated for the prestigious Clifford Geertz prize. Awarded by the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, a section of the American Anthropological Association, 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. According to the Society, the Geertz prize “seeks to encourage excellence in the anthropology of religion by recognizing an outstanding recent book in the field… 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”. The Prize will be awarded at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting in November, 2015.
The African edition of Ilana’s book, renamed A church of strangers: The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, and with a different cover, published by Wits University Press, will be available from early to mid-April 2015.