Senior researcher
Modern history of Southeast Asia
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Peter Keppy specializes in the modern history of Southeast Asia and obtained his PhD in 2001 at the VU University Amsterdam with the thesis: Hidden Business: indigenous and ethnic Chinese entrepreneurs in the Majalaya textile industry, West Java, 1928-1974.

Current Research Activities
    Starting June 2017, he has been involved as a researcher in the KITLV / Leiden University research project subsidized by NOW: A history from revolution to nation building 1943 - 1958. "Applicants are Prof. Henk Schulte Nordholt (KITLV), Prof. Nanci Adler (NIOD) and Prof. Gert Oostindie (KITLV / UL).
    The first expected co-publication from this project is: "Insurgencies in revolutionary and early post-colonial Indonesia", together with Bart Luttikhuis (KITLV) and Abdul Wahid (UGM), to appear in the Oxford Handbook on Colonial Insurgencies and Counter- Insurgencies.

Publications (selected)
•    Tales of the Southeast Asian Jazz Age. Filipinos, Indonesians and Popular Culture, 1920-1935. NUS Press. Singapore, 2019.

Tales of Southeast Asia’s Jazz Age appeared in the framework of the project Articulating modernity: the making of Popular Music and the Rise of New Audiences in Twentieth Century Southeast Asia funded between 2010 and 2014 by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)and coordinated by the Royal Institute for Language, Land and Ethnology (KITLV) in collaboration with NIOD and Leiden University.

•    Popular Music in Southeast Asia: Banal Beats, Muted Histories. Amsterdam. Amsterdam University Press, 2017 (co-authors: Henk Schulte Nordholt and Bart Barendregt)
•    Southeast Asia in the age of jazz; Locating popular culture in the colonial Philippines and Indonesia’, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies vol. 44 (2013): 444-464.
•    The politics of redress. War damage compensation and restitution in Indonesia and the Philippines, 1940-1957. Leiden. KITLV Press (2010).
•    ‘Twisted Roads to Employment: Revolution, Independence and the Fate of Indonesian Freedom Fighters’, in: H. de Jonge  & T. van Meijl (eds.) On the subject of labour. Essays in Memory of Frans Hüsken. Nijmegen. In de Walvis (2010): 17-21.
Other activities
Effective 1 January 2018, the Dutch State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport appointed Peter Keppy as member of the Pension and Benefit Board (PUR) for four years. The PUR is an independent administrative body and works closely with the Social Insurance Bank and a number of social organizations in the Netherlands such as Stichting Joods Maatschappelijk Werk, the Stichting 40-45, and Pelita. PUR is responsible for the admission to the schemes that provide financial support to (surviving relatives of) resistance members and victims of the Second World War in the Netherlands and the former Dutch East Indies. The Board determines the policy for these statutory regulations and advises the Social Insurance Bank (SVB), which is responsible for the implementation of these regulations.
Since 2013, Keppy is co-editor of the Amsterdam University Press’ series War, Conflict, and Genocide Studies.