Tom Sykes Passes PhD

The University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries are thrilled to share the success of Dr Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, and has just passed with PhD at Goldsmiths University with minor corrections.

The title of his PhD is: Searching for Manila: Personal and Political Journeys in an Asian Megacity, an abstract of which can be found below.

Searching for Manila: Personal and Political Journeys in an Asian Megacity is an autobiographical travelogue based on a period I spent living and working in Manila, the Philippines in 2009-10, and on two subsequent visits to the city.

The book, which is slightly abridged for this submission, addresses themes both personal (such as difficult processes of deciding what to do with my life, of falling in love and of becoming a surrogate father) and the political (the struggles of marginalised communities against official oppression, the impact of neo-liberalism on various aspects of Philippine society and the ideological reasons why Filipinos selectively remember national traumas).

I interweave my lived, empirical experiences of people and places with data researched from other Manila-focused texts both historical and contemporary: novels, memoirs, travel book, media reports, statistical surveys and historiographical analyses.”


Image Credits: Photo by Bash Carlos on Unsplash

Katie Clarke

Katie Clarke is a Media Studies Student, currently on her Placement Year, working as Promotions Assistant for the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, at the University of Portsmouth.

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