Short CV/Education and training

  • Rebekah Clements is an ICREA professor 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 in 2008. 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, 2015). From 2015 – 2018 she held a lectureship and then an associate professorship at Durham University. She joined the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) in October 2018.

  • 2017
    Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Durham University

  • 2011
    PhD in East Asian History, University of Cambridge (Trinity College)

  • 2008
    Master of Japanese Literature, Waseda University

  • 2004
    Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University

  • 2004
    Bachelor of Asian Studies (Japanese, hons.), Australian National University

Selected publications

  • Rebekah Clements, “Daimyo Processions and Satsuma’s Korean Village: A Note on the Reliability of Local History Materials," Japan Review, (35), 2021, pp.219-230.

  • Rebekah Clements, "Brush Talk as the 'Lingua Franca' of East Asian Diplomacy in Japanese-Korean Encounters, c.1600-1868", The Historical Journal, 62(2), 2019, pp.289.309

  • Rebekah Clements & Niimi Akihiko (eds), Genji monogatari no kinsei: Zokugoyaku, hon'an, eiribon de yomu koten (Tokyo: Benseisha, 2019).

  • Rebekah Clements, “Speaking in Tongues? Daimyo, Zen monks, and spoken Chinese in Japan, 1661-1711.” Journal of Asian Studies, 76(3), 2017, pp.603-626.

  • Rebekah Clements, A Cultural History of Translation in Early Modern Japan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Selected projects

  • Principal Investigator, European Research Council Starting Grant (€1,444,980, Horizon2020 grant number: 758347), “Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592 – 1598” (AFTERMATH), 2018 – 2024

  • Principal Investigator, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action International Fellowship (€160,932.48, European Research Council Horizon 2020 grant no. 892029), Giuseppe Marino “European Literature and the ‘First East Asian War’ of 1592 – 1598 (EURO-IMJIN), 2020 – 2022

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fellow, Royal Historical Society, since 2020

  • Member, Association of Korean Studies in Europe, since 2019

  • Member, European Association of Japanese Studies, since 2008

  • Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy, 2016 – 2018

Media coverage

  • 2013 Guest Speaker, “Japan’s ‘Sakoku’ Period.” In Our Time, BBC Radio 4, 4th April, 2013.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Exhibition: “The Shogun's Cultured Warriors”, Durham Oriental Museum, Durham, U.K, (co-curated with Dr Rachel Barclay), 7 June – 27 Nov 2016

  • Maternity leave, 2018


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