Gregory Claeys
professor of history, Royal Holloway, University of London; author, Searching for Utopia: the history of an idea; fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce

Professor Gregory Claeys (PhD, Cambridge, 1983) has taught in Canada, Germany and the US and since 1992 has been professor of History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of nine books, including Searching for Utopia: the History of an Idea (Thames & Hudson, 2011; German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese editions), Dystopia: A Natural History (Oxford University Press, 2016), and Marx and Marxism (Penguin Books, 2018) (Chinese, Greek, Italian translations), and edited, inter alia, The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2010; Turkish edn., 2017) and (with Gareth Stedman Jones) The Cambridge History of Nineteenth Century Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2011; Chinese edition, 2018).

In 2015 Claeys was elected to the Academia Europaea/The Academy of Europe, History Section. In 2019 he was elected fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. He has held visiting posts at the History of Ideas Unit, Australian National University, Canberra (1993), Keio University, Tokyo (1995), the University of Hanoi (2008), and the School of Government, Peking University (2009, 2011). He was awarded the Cantemir Prize in 2018 (for Dystopia: A Natural History) for contributions to humanistic scholarship. He has spoken twice at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and in 2019 gave a TEDx talk, ‘My Road to Utopia’. He is currently Chair of the Utopian Studies Society.

Follow Gregory on Twitter: @GClaeysHistory


Sunday 3 November, 16:00 Cinema 1
Extinction or progress? Visions of the future