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Dr Enqi Weng



Casual Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, RMIT University, 2018
Master of Global Media Communication, University of Melbourne, 2012

+61 3 924 46764

Biography summary

Dr Enqi Weng is an interdisciplinary scholar with research interests in religion, intercultural relations and decoloniality. She is a Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. She completed her PhD from 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. Broadly, she is interested in decolonial theory and methodologies, particularly media methods. She has experience teaching media and religious studies units at Deakin and RMIT.

Research interests

Decolonising 'religion'; race and religion; media and religious/social changes; religious/cultural diversity; decolonial theory and methodologies.


  • Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)
  • International Society for the Sociology of Religion (SISR/ISSR)
  • International Society for Media, Religion and Culture (ISMRC)
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • Australian & New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)

Units taught

ACX701 Communication Concepts

ALC215 Global Media

ASR300 - Religion, Rights and Governance

ASR200 Religion, Spirituality and Popular Culture

ASC211 Religion and Social Change

Knowledge areas

Decolonising 'religion'; race and religion; media and religious/social changes; religious/cultural diversity; religious literacy in journalism; sociological sacred; decolonising methodologies.

Professional activities

  • Vice President, The Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) (2022-current)
  • Reviews Editor, Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture (2020 to current)
  • Co-Convenor, Religion Thematic Group, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) (2020-2023)

Research groups

Asian Media, Culture and Society Network

Mobilities, Diversity and Multiculturalism Stream (ADI)


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Parallel lives or active citizens? Examining the interplay between multicultural service provision and civic engagement in Australia

F Mansouri, M Vergani, E Weng

(2024), pp. 1-21, Journal of Sociology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Decolonising Studies of Religion in So-Called Australia: Truth-Telling, Collective Reflections and Future Trajectories

Anna Halafoff, Rosie Shorter, Enqi Weng, Yin Paradies, William Abur, Monika Winarnita

(2024), pp. 1-19, Journal of Intercultural Studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Decolonial Perspectives on Dominant Constructions of "Religion"

Enqi Weng, Rosie Shorter

(2023), pp. 1-15, Handbook of Critical Whiteness: Deconstructing Dominant Discourses Across Disciplines, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

Contesting empire religion: coloniality and sticky media discourses

E Weng

(2023), pp. 1-20, Culture and Religion, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The effectiveness of ethno-specific and mainstream health services: an evidence gap map

Matteo Vergani, Fethi Mansouri, Enqi Weng, Praveena Rajkobal

(2022), Vol. 22, pp. 1-10, BMC Health Services Research, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Selling (Con)spirituality and COVID-19 in Australia: Convictions, Complexity and Countering Dis/misinformation

Anna Halafoff, Emily Marriott, Ruth Fitzpatrick, Enqi Weng

(2022), Vol. 35, pp. 141-167, Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, Sheffield, Eng., C1

journal article

Buddhism in the Far North of Australia pre-WWII: (In)visibility, Post-colonialism and Materiality

Anna Halafoff, Kim Lam, Cristina Rocha, Enqi Weng, Sue Smith

(2022), Vol. 23, pp. 105-128, Journal of Global Buddhism, Lucerne, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Christianity in contemporary Australian media: "get your rosaries off my ovaries"

Enqi Weng

(2021), pp. 219-234, Grounded in the body, in time and place, in scripture: papers by Australian women scholars in the Evangelical tradition, Eugene, Or., B1

book chapter

'Swamped by Muslims' and facing an 'African gang' problem: racialized and religious media representations in Australia

E Weng, F Mansouri

(2021), Vol. 35, pp. 468-486, Continuum, C1

journal article

Blessed be the educated journalist: Reflections on a religious literacy gap in the field of journalism

E Weng, A Wake

(2021), Vol. 43, pp. 81-97, Australian Journalism Review, Bristol, Eng., C1

journal article

Worldviews complexity in covid-19 times: Australian media representations of religion, spirituality and non-religion in 2020

A Halafoff, E Marriott, G Smith, E Weng, G Bouma

(2021), Vol. 12, Religions, C1

journal article

Higher education, exclusion and belonging: Religious complexity, coping and connectedness among international students during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia

E Weng, A Halafoff, G Barton, G Smith

(2021), Vol. 11, pp. 38-57, Journal of International Students, C1

journal article

Religion on an ordinary news day in Australia: Hidden christianity and the pervasiveness of lived religion, spirituality and the secular sacred

E Weng, A Halafoff

(2021), Vol. 10, pp. 225-249, Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Introduction: Religion on an ordinary day: An international study of news reporting

E Poole, E Weng

(2021), Vol. 10, pp. 165-178, Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, C1

journal article

Whiteness, Religious Diversity and Relational Belonging: Opportunities and Challenges for African Migrants in Australia

Enqi Weng, Anna Halafoff, Danielle Campbell, William Abur, Gary Bouma, Greg Barton

(2021), Vol. 34, pp. 289-313, Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, Sheffield, Eng., C1

journal article

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on delivery of services to CALD communities in Australia

Enqi Weng, Fethi Mansouri, Matteo Vergani

(2021), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Media perceptions of religious changes in Australia of dominance and diversity

Enqi Weng

(2020), Abingdon, Eng., A1


A social marketing perspective of young adults' concepts of eating for health: Is it a question of morality?

L Brennan, K Klassen, E Weng, S Chin, A Molenaar, M Reid, H Truby, T McCaffrey

(2020), Vol. 17, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, England, C1

journal article

Media representations of religion, spirituality and non-religion in Australia

E Weng, A Halafoff

(2020), Vol. 11, pp. 1-16, Religions, C1

journal article

Through a National Lens Darkly: Religion as a Spectrum

Enqi Weng

(2019), Vol. 32, pp. 3-26, Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal article

The heavens opened and cried: mediatised national mourning for Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew

Enqi Weng

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 65-85, Asian communication research, Seoul, Korea, C1

journal article

The Trappings of Time: The Effects of Global Social Media Uprisings on Singapore's Political Scene

E Weng

(2012), pp. 151-164, Movements in Time Revolution, Social Justice and Times of Change, Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Observing the impact of locative media on the public space of contemporary cities

E Weng

(2012), Vol. 2, pp. 1-10, Polymath: an interdisciplinary arts and sciences journal, Edwardsville, Ill., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Conspirituality' and science in Australia: Material and Digital Practices, Activism and Risks

A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Prof Cristina Rocha, Prof Andrew Singleton, Dr Alexandra Roginski, Dr Enqi Weng

International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society Research Grant

  • 2021: $26,172


No completed student supervisions to report