Distinguished Visiting Fellow for 2019-2020

Amitav Ghosh

7-11 October 2019

Amitav Ghosh
Amitav Ghosh, Author of The Great Derangement

We are thrilled to announce that author Amitav Ghosh will be the Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Jackman Humanities Institute for 2019-2020, as we address our focus to the annual theme of Strange Weather.

He will present a public lecture on Wednesday 9 October 2019.

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He is the author of two books of non-fiction, a collection of essays and eight novels. His most recent book is The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016). His books have won many prizes and he holds four honorary doctorates. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and he has served on the Jury of the Locarno and Venice film festivals. He is married to the writer Deborah Baker and divides his time between Brooklyn, Goa and Kolkata.

In 2018 the Jnanpith Award, India’s highest literary honor, was conferred on Amitav Ghosh. He was the first English-language writer to receive the award. In 2019 Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the most important global thinkers of the preceding decade.