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Research Fellow, Deakin University

Dr Enqi Weng is a media scholar and sociologist of religion. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. Occasionally she teaches across media and religious studies units at Deakin.
She completed her PhD in the School of Media and Communications at RMIT University in 2018 and has since published her monograph Media Perceptions of Religious Changes in Australia: Of Dominance and Diversity (Routledge, 2020). Her doctoral thesis analysed media representation of religions in Australia, and revealed that public discussions about religion were not only primarily constructed and influenced by white male perspectives, British influences also problematically continued to shape these discussions in post-colonial Australia. Her research interest has since turned towards decolonial/multicultural approaches to the sociological study of religion, where her work interrogates the role that news media play in reinforcing and normalising the racialisation of religion.

Experience

  • 2021–present
    Research fellow, Deakin University
  • 2019–2021
    Sessional research fellow, Deakin University

Education

  • 2018 
    RMIT University, PhD, School of Media and Communications
  • 2012 
    University of Melbourne, MA, Global Media Communications
  • 2003 
    National University of Singapore, BA, Arts and Social Sciences

Publications

  • 2021
    ‘Swamped by Muslims’ and facing an ‘African gang’ problem: racialized and religious media representations in Australia, Continuum
  • 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

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    (Con)spirituality, Science and the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia: Material and Digital Practices
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    International Research Network for Science and Belief in Society

Professional Memberships

  • The Australian Sociological Association
  • Australian Association for the Study of Religion
  • International Society for the Sociology of Religion

Research Areas

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