Rebekah Clements is an ICREA at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She completed degrees in law and Asian studies at the Australian National University where she was awarded the University Medal, before obtaining an MA in classical Japanese literature from Waseda University (2008). She completed her PhD in East Asian History from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) in 2011. Following her PhD she was a research associate at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, working on the Leverhulme-funded project "Translation and vernacularisation in pre-modern East Asia" (PI: P.Kornicki), and held a junior research fellowship from Queens' College from 2012-2015 where she completed her first monograph, A Cultural History of Translation in Early Modern Japan (Cambridge University Press). From 2015-2018 she held a lectureship and then an associate professorship at Durham University. She joined ICREA in October 2018.
Prof. Clements is a historian of Japan, specializing in the Tokugawa period (1600-1868). Her research focuses on language, society, and the characteristics of Japanese early modernity, as understood in the broader context of East Asia. She is currently working on the linguistic and religious networks of exchange that linked seventeenth and early eighteenth century Japanese elites with Chinese and Korean exiles present in Japan following the Imjin War.of 1592-1598 and the fall of the Ming Dynasty. This work takes place within her project funded by the European Research Council, "The Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592-1598".
Key words17th-19th century East Asia, East Asian networks, Cultural history of early modern Japan, History of translation, roots of cultural nationalism