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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Deakin University

Enqi Weng is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ARC Discovery Project 'Religious diversity in Australia: Strategies to maintain social cohesion' (DP180101664). She was formerly a Research Assistant to the UNESCO Chair of Cultural Diversity and Social Justice at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. She teaches media and religious units at Deakin University.

Her doctoral thesis argues for an expanded understanding of religion in popular consciousness. It examined religious changes and changing attitudes toward religion through a study of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Q&A program using an expanded categorisation of religion into conventional religion, common religion and common religion. More broadly, her research interrogates the relationship between media, culture and society, with a particular interest in media's influences and effects on religious and social changes. She was a contributor on the Melbourne team involved in the "Religion on an Ordinary Day" media project (2013-2015) that was part of the Religion & Diversity Project housed at the University of Ottawa.

Born and raised in Singapore, she had over seven years of industry experience in marketing communications/branding working within commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Deakin University

Education

  • 2018 
    RMIT University, PhD, School of Media and Communications

Publications

  • 2020
    Media Perceptions of Religious Changes in Australia: Of Dominance and Diversity,
  • 2019
    Through a National Lens Darkly: Religion as a Spectrum, Journal for the Academic Study of Religion
  • 2016
    'The Heavens Opened and Cried': Mediatised National Mourning for Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, Asian Communication Research

Professional Memberships

  • The Australian Sociological Association
  • Australian Association for the Study of Religion

Research Areas

  • Media Studies (200104)
  • Religion And Society (220405)