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dr. Peter Keppy

Biography

Peter Keppy (1965) is senior researcher at NIOD and trained as anthropologist at the University of Amsterdam and as historian at the Free University of Amsterdam. His field of interest is modern Southeast Asia with a particular interest in war and society, capital and labour, and cultural history.

His publications amongst others include The politics of redress.  War damage compensation and restitution in Indonesia and the Philippines (2010) and Tales of Southeast Asia's Jazz Age. Filipinos, Indonesian and Popular Culture, 1920-1936  (2019). He is a member of the Dutch War Pension Board (PUR) and member of the editorial board of the Amsterdam University Press Series War, Conflict and Genocide Studies.

Peter Keppy is currently working on two books and one article, funded under the NWO project, 'Indonesia in transition. From revolution to nation building 1943-1958':

  • A monograph together with Abdul Wahid (UGM, Yogyakarta) provisionally entitled 'Community Security in Early 1950s Central Java: Troublemakers, Vigilantes and Self-Defence Groups'.
  • An edited volume with Abdul Wahid and Roel Frakking (KITLV) on the return of former combatants to society.
  • A chapter (with Bart Luttikhuis & Abdul Wahid): 'Insurgencies in early post-colonial Indonesia' in: Martin Thomas and Gareth Curless (eds.) Handbook Colonial Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

In 2020 Keppy received an honorary mention by the Society for Ethnomusicology for his Tales of Southeast Asia's Jazz Age. Filipino's, Indonesians and Popular Culture 1920-1936 (NUS Press, 2019).

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