N.M. Sy MA (Nicholas)
External PhD candidate - Department of History, Art History and Classics
Teacher - Department of History, Art History and Classics
External PhD candidate - Radboud Institute for Culture and History
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Nicholas Sy MA (1988) is assistant professor at the Department of History, University of the Philippines Diliman where he teaches Philippine history and Asian history. Currently on study leave, he is now based at Radboud University where his is writing his dissertation entitled “Fraying the social fabric: The afterlives of slavery in Luzon at the Spanish Empire’s Asian frontier,” under the supervision of Prof.dr. Jan Kok and dr. Dries Lyna—a project that combines cultural, social, and demographic history approaches to describe an intertwining of colonial and local forms of slavery. This dissertation is an Early Modern history of Indian Ocean encounters in an archipelago that would come to be known as the Philippines, a vital link connecting Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic histories of slavery.
Sy, Nicholas. The Maestre de Campo General of Pangasinan, Jefe Superior of all the Municipalities, 1592-1762. In In the Spanish world, but not quite of it: Prismatic views of the Philippines from its early history to the late 18th century, ed. Maria Serena I. Diokno.
- Radboud Group for Historical Demography and Family History
- Sy, Nicholas. 2021. Producing “idolatry:” Indigenous knowledge production via colonial investigations into animism, Luzon, 1679–1687. In Philippiniana Sacra 56(167, Jan.-Apr.): 99–130. Full text
- Sy, Nicholas. 2020. Ambos difuntos: Demographic constraints on parental authority over marriage, San Pablo, Laguna 1853–1854. In The Journal of History 66: 90–113.
- Sy, Nicholas. 2019. Did municipal elites intermarry? A case study of marriage practices among the political elites of San Pablo, Laguna, 1853–1854. In Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 67(2): 151–80. Full text
- Sy, Nicholas. 2018. John Taylor’s Philippine insurrection against the United States: A preliminary digital interrogation of the archivist. In Philippine Social Sciences Review 70(1): 52–74. Full text
- Aguilar, Filomeno V. Jr. and Nicholas Sy. 2017. Horacio de la Costa, foreign missionaries, and the quest for Filipinization: The church in the age of decolonization. In Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 65(3): 267–314. Full text
Research grants and prizes
- 2022 - w/ Dries Lyna, RICH Small Research Grant, Radboud University
- 2017 - Research grant, Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund More information
- 2011 - Research grant, Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation, Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport
- 2019 - The Philippines, 1565-1898 (headed by Prof. Emeritus Maria Serena I. Diokno, funded by the University of the Philippines).
(01 August 2018)
University of the Philippines Diliman
(11 December 2019)
Toynbee Prize Foundation