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Dr. Peter Keppy


Peter Keppy (1965) is researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam. He holds an endowed professorship at Radboud University, Nijmegen on the history of popular culture and mass violence in Southeast Asia.

Among his main publications are The Politics of Redress. War damage compensation and restitution in Indonesia and the Philippines (KITLV/Brill, 2010). For his Tales of Southeast Asia’s Jazz Age. Filipinos, Indonesian and Popular Culture, 1920-1936  (Singapore. NUS Press, 2019) Keppy received an honorable mention from the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2020.

Keppy is currently working on several projects. Together with colleague Abdul Wahid from Gadjah Mada University, Jogja, Indonesia, he is writing a history of popular justice and the emergence of state-sponsored civil militia in 1950s Central Java. In collaboration with Roel Frakking (University of Utrecht), he is preparing a Special Issue for the journal War & Society (forthcoming Oct 2024) on the social-political trajectories of ex-combatants returning to society in postcolonial Africa and Southeast Asia. And with a small group of international scholars, Keppy is currently exploring from a social, historical and cultural perspective how groups in Southeast Asia cope with the aftermath of war and mass political violence.

After receiving his master's degree in anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, he obtained his PhD degree at the VU Free University of Amsterdam. He was member of the Dutch War Pension Board (Pensioen en Uitkeringsraad, PUR) in 2018-2023 and chaired the editorial board of the Amsterdam University Press War and Conflict series (2012-2022).

With NIOD colleague Dat Nguyen, Keppy co-leads the NIOD War and Society research group. He is also the NIOD PhD candidate mentor.

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