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Pichayapat Naisupap

PhD candidate

P. Naisupap MA
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Pichayapat Naisupap is a PhD candidate at the Institute for History.

More information about Pichayapat Naisupap

Fields of interest

  • Cultural History
  • Dutch Empire
  • Dutch East India Company
  • Eurasian History
  • Southeast Asian History
  • Nonhuman History  


His research is basically about an elephant and the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The study attempts to challenge the anthropomorphism in the historiography of the VOC by investigating the central research question of how elephants played their material and emblematic roles in the making of the Dutch overseas empire during the early modern period (1600-1800). The study will explore the cultural, intellectual, environmental, economic, diplomatic histories of the VOC through the human-animal relations between the Dutch and elephants. Also, the research will conjure the elephant’s historical agency and see in what ways this charismatic megafauna appeased, complicated, and disrupted the Dutch empire-building project.

Curriculum vitae

Pichayapat Naisupap graduated with BA in Southeast Asian Studies at Thammasat University in Thailand with an interest in cultural history. He became more specialized in history when he studied for a master’s degree at Chulalongkorn University. His first MA thesis explores the social and cultural history of Thailand during the modern period by looking at contemporary ghost stories. In 2019, he was granted a scholarship to join in Cosmopolis Advanced program at Leiden University. He conducted the second MA thesis examining elephants and their emblematic role, especially in Eurasian diplomacy, in the seventeenth-century Dutch Empire. In 2021, he continues for PhD research investigating how elephants played their material and emblematic roles and expressed their agency in the making of the Dutch overseas empire during the early modern period (1600-1800).

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.73


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