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Funding awarded for development of global history educational resource


Monash University Associate Professor Adam Clulow working closely with colleagues at the University of Warwick’s Global History and Culture Centre has been awarded significant grant funding for the development of an online global history teaching and research platform named World History Commons.

In partnership with the World History Association, Associate Professor Clulow received US$325,000 of funding to develop the platform. It’s one of 15 Digital Humanities Advancement Grants funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities, and one of 218 humanities grants designed to support cultural infrastructure, humanities research, exhibitions, documentaries, education programs for teachers, and the preservation of historic collections.

“World history is a rapidly growing scholarly and teaching field in the humanities that seeks to understand the globalised and connected world in which we exist,” Associate Professor Clulow explains. “The development of World History Commons emerged from a collaboration and shared interests between the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, the World History Association and Monash University, with longstanding support from the University of Warwick.

“World History Commons will provide an indispensable online teaching and research platform in world and global history that will transform classrooms across the world,” he says. “It will deliver new content and provide a conduit for the latest scholarship to reach precisely those students and teachers who can benefit from it most.”

World History Commons will enhance widely-used resources from World History Matters, an existing collection of history websites that receives millions of visitors every year, and the Global History Reader, a collaboration between academics through the Monash Warwick Alliance designed to introduce students to world history.

As Associate Professor Clulow explains, over the past five years, Monash University’s School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies and the University of Warwick’s Global History and Culture Centre have worked collaboratively to develop the Global History Reader as an introduction to the field.

“The Monash Warwick Alliance funded our original partnership, and without this support the World History Commons project would never have been possible,” he says.

Colleagues from the University of Warwick are equally enthusiastic about the development of the World History Commons platform.

“World History Commons will transform the way we teach world history, and I cannot overstate its importance,” says Professor Giorgio Riello, from the Department of History at University of Warwick. “This project will provide a wide array of resources – including primary source clusters, teaching guides and a world history primer – that are indispensable to effective teaching in the field, but are currently not readily available.

“At the same time, the project will establish a template by which early-career scholars can contribute clusters of resources, providing a channel for the most exciting new scholarship to rapidly reach the widest possible audience,” he says.

The project is expected to run for the next four years.