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Dr Enqi Weng



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 a media scholar and sociologist of religion. 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. 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.

Research interests

Religion and media; religious/cultural diversity; religious literacy in journalism; religion and social change; decolonial study of religion


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)

Units taught

ACX701 Communication Concepts

ALC215 Global Media

ASR300 - Religion, Rights and Governance

ASR200 Religion, Spirituality and Popular Culture

Knowledge areas

Religion and media; race and religion; religious/cultural diversity; religious literacy in journalism; sociological sacred

Professional activities

Reviews Editor, Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture

Co-Convenor, Religion Thematic Group, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

Communications Officer, Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)

Research groups

Religion, Society and Culture Research Network


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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

Enqi Weng, Fethi Mansouri

(2021), pp. 1-19, Continuum, London, Eng., 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

Anna Halafoff, Emily Marriott, Geraldine Smith, Enqi Weng, Gary Bouma

(2021), Vol. 12, pp. 1-21, Religions, Basel, Switzerland, 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, Monroe, La., C1

journal article

Religion on an Ordinary News Day in Australia: Hidden Christianity and the Pervasiveness of Lived Religion, Spirituality and the Secular Sacred

Enqi Weng, Anna Halafoff

(2021), Vol. 10, pp. 225-249, Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, 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?

Linda Brennan, Karen Klassen, Enqi Weng, Shinyi Chin, Annika Molenaar, Michael Reid, Helen Truby, Tracy McCaffrey

(2020), Vol. 17, pp. 1-14, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, Eng., C1

journal article

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

Enqi Weng, Anna Halafoff

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

  • 2021: $26,172


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