The 2024 Winner of The Laureate Erasmus Prize

The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation has awarded the Erasmus Prize 2024 to Amitav Ghosh.

The Erasmus Prize is awarded annually to a person or institution that has made an exceptional contribution to the humanities, the social sciences or the arts, in Europe and beyond. This years theme was “imagine the unthinkable”.

“[Amitav Ghosh] receives the prize for his passionate contribution to the theme ‘imagining the unthinkable’, in which an unprecedented global crisis – climate change – takes shape through the written word. Ghosh has delved deeply into the question of how to do justice to this existential threat that defies our imagination. His work offers a remedy by making an uncertain future palpable through compelling stories about the past. He also wields his pen to show that the climate crisis is a cultural crisis that results from a dearth of the imagination.”

Read the full announcement here.