Amitav Ghosh awarded the Erasmus Prize 2024

March 9, 2024by Team EKC0

Indian writer Amitav Ghosh has won the Erasmus Prize 2024 for his contribution in bringing forth the global crisis of climate change through his writings.

The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation in the Netherlands awards the prize annually for an organisation or individual’s “exceptional contributions” in the fields of the humanities, social sciences or arts in Europe and the rest of the world. Many of Ghosh’s works including The Great Derangement and The Nutmeg’s Curse dwell on the ongoing planetary crisis and are interlinked with the impacts of climate change, fitting the theme of the year, ‘Imagining the unthinkable.’

“He 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,” the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation said in a press release.

The prize consists of a sum of money of Euro 1,50,000 and adornments designed by Bruno Ninaber van Eyben. The patron of the foundation presents the prize during a ceremony that usually takes place at the royal palace in Amsterdam.

Photo Credits: Praemium Erasmianum Foundation

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