Wellen, Dr. Kathryn

Kathryn Wellen is a historian of Southeast Asia specialized in the early modern era. Her current research focuses on the pre-Islamic history of South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Kathryn studied Southeast Asian history at the University of Hawaii (BA, PhD) and the University Malaya (MA) and was the first western exchange student at the University of Brunei Darussalam. In 2003-2004 she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Belle van Zuylen Institute for Multicultural and Comparative Gender Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She has also served as an area specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington and a consultant to the Borneo Studies Centre in Bandar Seri Begawan. Currently she is an affiliate member of the Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities and she is currently planning a project to use digital technologies to ask new questions of known Indonesian sources.

In addition to Southeast Asian history, Kathryn is also interested in Pacific Islands and world history, particularly how microhistorical studies can inform large-scale paradigms and vice versa.

Selected Publications

The Danish East India Company’s War against the Mughal Empire, 1642-1698‘, Journal of Early Modern History 19:439-461, 2015.

Review of Macassan History and Heritage: Journeys, Encounters and Influences, Marshall Clark & Sally K. May (Eds), The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 16:2, 198-200, 2015.

The Open Door: Early Modern Wajorese Statecraft and Diaspora, De Kalb: Northern Illinois University Press, October 2014.

(With A. C. Lopez) ‘Traversing the Malay-Indonesian World: An Interview with Leonard Andaya’, Itinerario, 38, 1:7-12, 2014.

‘Nothing Lost in Translation: The Indonesian Edition of The Audacity of Hope’, The Federalist, Second Series No. 21, pp. 8-9. 2009.

‘Credit among the Early Modern To Wajoq’, in: David Henley and Peter Boomgaard (eds.), Credit and Debt in Indonesia, 860-1930, pp. 80-101. Singapore: ISEAS, 2009.

‘Melayu Islam Beraja: Brunei’s Tripartide Ideology’, in: Chong Shin, Karim Harun and Yabit Alas (eds.), Reflections in Borneo Rivers: Essays in Honor of Professor James T. Collins, pp. 227-242. Pontianak: STAIN Pontianak Press, Book I, 2006.

‘Review van Women and Households in Indonesia’ , Koning, Nolten, Rodenburg & Saptari (eds.), Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 160-1: 126-127.

‘Searching for the Malay World at the Library of Congress’, in: Rohani Rustam and Zawiyah Baba, Libraries and the Malay World. Bangi: Institut Alam dan Tamadun Melayu, 2009.

Related Research Project(s)

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