Terence Heng

Terence Heng
University of Liverpool | UoL · Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

PhD Visual Sociology

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Introduction
Terence Heng is a photographer and sociologist. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool. His research has been featured in journals like Area, The Sociological Review, Cultural Geographies. In 2015, he was the inaugural winner of the International Visual Sociology Association’s Prosser Award. In 2017, he received the 2015 Sociological Review Prize for Outstanding Scholarship.
Additional affiliations
January 2018 - present
University of Liverpool
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Lecturer in Sociology and Director of Postgraduate Teaching
July 2014 - December 2017
Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Assistant Professor and Deputy Programme Director for the Glasgow School of Art Singapore's BA (Hons) Communication Design Programme.
Education
April 2007 - March 2011
Goldsmiths, University of London
Field of study
  • Visual Sociology
September 2004 - June 2005
University of Oxford
Field of study
  • Management Research
September 1999 - July 2001
University of Nottingham
Field of study
  • Economics

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In this paper I consider the material ways in which individuals overlay an imaginary, ethnicized secondspace in the form of a spiritual realm onto their state-defined, lived firstspaces. Through the use of temporary roadside altars and shrines, I argue that this imaginary space is reified into transient aesthetic markers that subvert state-mandated...
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The Hungry Ghost Festival is a month-long spiritual period celebrated and observed mostly by Chinese individuals, where it is believed that ancestral spirits are released from the netherworld to roam the earth. During this festival, various rituals of offering and burning are performed in simultaneously private and public ways to feed and appease t...
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In this chapter I discuss the various approaches social scientists can take to "write" visual social scientific essays. Although visual essays come in many different forms, they often take either a narrative or thematic approach, or some combination of the two. Using photographs from my own fieldwork, I will show how one can curate, arrange and dev...
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Understanding the opportunities and limitations of smartphones for visual research • Basic techniques for better smartphone photographs • Holding a smartphone for photography • Focus lock / exposure lock • Exposure compensation • Working with apps in post-processing • Conclusion: the future of visual documentation?
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When thinking about deathscapes and how they are assembled, current literature often points to the presence of material objects as ways in which individuals evoke the absence of the dead. These objects can be both performative and communicative, becoming a channel of communication. But the literature has so far mostly neglected the ability of spiri...
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"Official" religious space in Singapore is highly regulated-organisations of recognised religions compete and bid for parcels of land on which they create houses of worship. Against this bureaucratic backdrop are countless other "unofficial" places of worship-operating out of industrial units, social housing and liminal spaces. From vernacular shri...
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Dominant visual narratives of reading tend to portray readers as solitary individuals, deeply immersed in reading a single text in a quiet, undisturbed spot. Yet, reading is both social and solitary and takes place in different kinds of spaces, not all quiet and not all undisturbed. This visual essay examines how reading as everyday practice is sit...
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How do visual methods, particularly the practice of photography, help us to visualise and understand absence in deathscapes? In this paper I will argue that photographs, with their ability to freeze moments, are able to capture what I term points of praxis – moments in which practices by individuals inscribe meaning onto deathscapes, and in that in...
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How do individuals make sense of and learn to engage in spiritual spaces and places? This visual essay recounts the activities, rituals and everyday lives of individuals operating and worshipping with sintua (spirit altars) as they go about celebrating various events in their religious calendar. The photographs document and explore the ways in whic...
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The use of images, particularly photography, has been steadily gaining popularity in academia, but there has not yet been a book that deals with the act and process of photo-taking in the field. Drawing upon 21 years of photographic experience and sociological research, Terence Heng’s immersive and narrative style will: 1. introduce photography as...
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Although there has been significant work done on the creation of sacred space in residential housing, not enough attention has been paid to a particular segment of Chinese religion leadership in Singapore – spirit mediums – and the processes in which they practice within the political ideology of the modernist Singaporean state. In this paper, I wi...
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This methodological paper reviews the recent work done by photojournalists in Singapore who have leveraged on the use of multimedia to create meaning-rich narratives of the social situations they investigate. Using an online multimedia project recently launched by journalists and photojournalists in Singapore, I will show how photographers'/photojo...

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