Adam Clulow

Assoc Professor

20072021
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Personal profile

Biography

I did my first degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. I later completed a M.A. in East Asian studies at Niigata University in Japan in 2002. I moved to Monash in 2008 after completing my PhD in Japanese history at Columbia University in New York.

Research interests

Adam Clulow is a historian of early modern Asia.  His work is concerned broadly with the transnational circulation of ideas, people, practices and commodities across East and Southeast Asia.  He received a M.A. in East Asian history from Niigata University in Japan (2002) and a Ph.D. in Japanese history from Columbia University in 2008.  Clulow’s first book, The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan, was published by Columbia University Press in 2014.  It received multiple prizes including the Jerry Bentley Prize in World History from the American Historical Association and the W.K. Hancock Prize from the Australian Historical Association. He has published articles and chapters on a variety of topics including claims to possession, early modern piracy, the origins of international law (with Lauren Benton), Tokugawa period domains, Japanese merchants and mercenaries in Southeast Asia and the role of maritime violence in European expansion.  His work has appeared in the American Historical Review, Monumenta Nipponica, the Journal of World History, the Journal of Early Modern History, Itinerario and other publications.

Clulow is the creator with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) of the Amboyna conspiracy trial, an interactive Digital Humanities project focused on a famous seventeenth century case involving Dutch officials, Japanese mercenaries and English merchants.  It received the New South Wales Premiers History Award (Multimedia History Prize) in 2017.

He is also the developer with Tom Chandler of the Virtual Angkor project which has been built from the ground up by Virtual History Specialists, Archaeologists and Historians with the goal of providing an accurate reconstruction of the Cambodian metropolis of Angkor at the height of the Khmer Empire’s power and influence in the thirteenth century.  It received the American Historical Association’s 2018 Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History

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Projects 2009 2021

Research Output 2007 2018

Commemorating Meiji: History, Politics and the Politics of History

Botsman, D. V. & Clulow, A., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Japanese Studies. p. 285-287 3 p.

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Gifts for the Shogun: The Dutch East India Company, global networks and Tokugawa Japan

Clulow, A., 2018, Global Gifts: The Material Culture of Diplomacy in Early Modern Eurasia. Biedermann, Z., Gerritsen, A. & Riello, G. (eds.). 1st ed. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 198-216 19 p. (Studies in Comparative World History).

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Webs of protection and interpolity zones in the early modern world

Benton, L. & Clulow, A., 2018, Protection and Empire: A Global History. Benton, L., Clulow, A. & Attwood, B. (eds.). 1st ed. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 49-71 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Empires and protection: Making interpolity law in the early modern world

Benton, L. & Clulow, A., 1 Mar 2017, In : Journal of Global History. 12, 1, p. 74-92 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Introduction: The long, strange history of protection

Benton, L. & Clulow, A., 2 Nov 2017, Protection and Empire: A Global History. Cambridge University Press (Anthem Press), p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword / PostscriptOtherpeer-review

Prizes

American Historical Association's 2018 Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History,

Thomas Chandler (Recipient) & Adam Clulow (Recipient), 23 Sep 2018

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Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Adam Clulow (Recipient), 2016

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Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction 2015 Book Prize

Adam Clulow (Recipient), 2015

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International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) 2015 Humanities Book Prize

Adam Clulow (Recipient), 2015

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International Research Award in Global History

Adam Clulow (Recipient), 2015

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