Research group Data Management
Specialisation Dutch East India Company Diplomacy


Kay Pepping (1997) studied General History in Leiden. During his bachelor he spent a semester abroad in Ireland, where he studied Celtic Culture and History at NUI Galway. He did his master partly at Leiden University and partly at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in France.

He wrote his master thesis about local Dutch East India Company (VOC) diplomacy as a student of Keble College at Oxford University. His thesis described the importance of negotiations with the local government for the VOC. Although historians prefer to write about the extravagant dealings of the VOC with the Mughal-court, many important deals were struck at a local level.

At the Huygens Institute, Kay works for the Globalise-project, that tries to digitalize the letters and papers of the VOC in an unprecedented manner. His interests lie with the early modern period, digital humanities, and the relationship between popular history and academic research.

In addition, Kay works as a functional administrator for OpenJournals.


The Mughal succession crisis and the diplomatic strategies of the VOC in Surat, circa 1699 – 1719: The impact of the death of Aurangzeb on the Dutch East India Company’s approach to solving local problems in Surat.