Dr Sharon A. Bong
Ph.D. (Religious Studies, University of Lancaster, UK)
Phone No: +603 5514 6126
Fax No: +603 5514 6365
Room No: 2-6-13
From my foray into journalism as a Specialist Writer with the New Straits Times Press and programme officer (publications) with the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women, I now anchor Gender Studies offered at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia. My qualifications include; PhD in Religious Studies and MA in Women in Religion (with Distinction) from Lancaster University, UK (which were funded by the British High Commissioner’s Award) and MA in English Literature and BA (Hons) majoring in English Literature from the University of Malaya, Malaysia. I am the proud recipient of the Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Community Service Award 2007 in recognition of my long-standing participation in the women’s movement globally, regionally and nationally through involvement with, among others, the 7th Women’s Global Leadership Institute (Rutgers University), Amnesty-International Malaysia, All Women’s Action Society, Young Women’s Christian Association of Malaysia, National Council of Women’s Organisations and presently, the Ecclesia of Women in Asia; an academic forum of Catholic Asian women theologising in Asia.
Honours/Research Degrees Supervision
Research Interests, writing projects and academic involvements
My on-going research interests include feminist standpoint epistemologies; women’s human rights and sexualities in religions; qualitative researching and analyses using ATLAS.ti (Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software). I am currently writing up my current research project that examines the ways in which GLBTIQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, queer or questioning) persons negotiate fully living out their religiosity and spirituality in same-sex partnerships in Malaysia and Singapore. Future research projects include religious discourses in cyberspace, asexuality and queering time and space. I am involved in global and regional academic forums such as the Forum for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Race and Religion, Asian Regional Committee of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, and the Ecclesia of Women in Asia.
Bong, Sharon A (2006). The Tension Between Women’s Rights and Religions: The Case of Malaysia. New York: the Edwin Mellen Press
Bong, Sharon A and Joseph, Pushpa (eds.) (2008) Re-imagining Marriage and Family in Asia: Asian Christian Women’s Perspectives. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: Strategic information and Research Development Centre (SIRD).
Bong, Sharon A (2012) ‘Theologies Of, For, And By Asians: Reformulating Dialogue’. Decolonizing The Body Of Christ: Theology And Theory After Empire? Edited by David Joy and Joseph F. Duggan. New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 79-106.
Bong, Sharon A (2011) 'The Narratives of GLBTQ Persons: Towards an Epistemology of the Body'. In Feminist Theology of Liberation Asian perspectives: Practicing Peace.Edited by Judette Gallares and Astrid Lobo - Gajiwala.Quezon City, Philippines: Claretion Publication: 81-100.
Bong, Sharon A (2010) ‘The Suffering Christ and the Asian Body’. In Hope Abundant: Third World and Indigenous Women’s Theology. Edited by Kwok Pui-Lan. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books: 186-193.
Bong, Sharon A (2009) ‘Sexualising Faith and Spiritualising Sexuality in Postcolonial Narratives of Same-Sex Intimacy’. In Persons and Sexuality. Edited by Allison Moore and Carlo Zuccarini. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press: 33-44. Available at: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Pas5ver1170110.pdf#page=44
Bong, Sharon A (2009) ‘The Sexuality-Spirituality Project’. In Handling Qualitative Data, 2nd edition, Companion Website. Edited by Lyn Richards. Available at: http://www.uk.sagepub.com/richards/homeP8.htm.
Bong, Sharon A (2008) 'Going Beyond the Universal-versus-Relativist Rights Discourse and Practice: The Case of Malaysia'. In Violence and Gender in the Globalised World: The Intimate and the Extimate. Edited by Sanja Bahun-Radunović and V. G. Julie Rajan. Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate: 25-40.
Bong, Sharon A (2007) ‘Queer Revisions of Christianity’. In Body and Sexuality: Theological-Pastoral Perspectives of Women in Asia. Edited by Agnes Brazal and Andrea Lizares Si. Manila, Philippines: Ateneo de Manila University Press: 234-249
Bong, Sharon A (2006) ‘Postcolonialism’. In Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture. Edited by John Sawyer. Blackwell: Oxford: 497-514
Bong, Sharon A (2004) ‘An Asian Postcolonial and Feminist Methodology: Ethics as a Recognition of Limits’. In Gender, Religion and Diversity: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Edited by Ursula King and Tina Beattie. London and New York: Continuum: 238-249.
Bong, Sharon A (2004) ‘Bodies that Suffer, Resist and Heal (‘Körper, die leiden, sich wehren und heilen’)’. In Believing with Body and Soul (Frauen Glauben: Mit Leib und Seele). Aachen: Institute of Missiology [Desk of Women’s Studies in Religion and Feminist Theologies]: 14-15.
Bong, Sharon A (2003) ‘Suffering, Resisting, Healing: An Asian View of the Body’. In Feminism and Theology. Edited by Janet Martin Soskice and Diana Lipton. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 356-364.
Bong,sharon A (2011) 'Beyond Queer: An Epistemology of Bi Choice'. In Journal of Bisexuality 11(1):39-63
Bong, Sharon A (2011) 'Negotiating Resistance/Resilience Through The Nexus Of Spirituality -Sexuality Of Same-Sex Partnerships In Malaysia And Singapore'. Marriage and Family Review, 47 (8): 648-665.
Bong, Sharon A (2009) ‘Not “For the Sake of Peace”: Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred Body’. In Asian Christian Review 3 (1): 50-68.
Bong, Sharon A (2007) ‘Debunking Myths in CAQDAS Use and Coding in Qualitative Data Analysis: Experiences with and Reflections on Grounded Theory Methodology’. In Historical Social Research: the official journal of Quantum and Interquant; an international journal for the application of formal methods to history, Supplement, 19: 258-275.
Bong, Sharon A (2002) ‘Suffering, Resisting, Healing: An Asian View of the Body’. In Concilium [International Journal of Theology and Religious Studies]. Edited by Regina Ammicht-Quinn and Elsa Tamez. London: SCM Press. Vol. 2: 122-129.
Bong, Sharon A (2002) ‘Debunking Myths in Qualitative Data Analysis [44 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/ Forum: Qualitative Social Research [Online journal], 3 (2). Available at: http://qualitative-research.net/fqs/fqs-eng.htm
Social Commentaries and industry engagement
Bong, Sharon A (2012) 'To Cut Or Not To Cut: That Is Not The Question' , The First (Newsletter of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church), October: 6- 7.
Bong, Sharon A (2012) 'A Second Life', The First (Newsletter of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church), May: 6-7.
Bong, Sharon A (2011) 'Odedient Wives,First-Class Prostitutes and Terrorism', The First (Newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church), October 2011: 6-7.
Bong, Sharon A (2010) ‘The Way of Love’, Catholic Asian News, December 2010/January 2011, 39 (11)/40 (1): 7-10.
Bong, Sharon A (2010) ‘The Future of Catholic Theological Ethics’ (Guest Editorial), The Herald, 15 August, 17 (31): 10.
Bong, Sharon A (2010) ‘Foreign Brides in Malaysia’. On BFM (The Business Station), 17 August. Available at: http://www.bfm.my/foreign-brides-purchase.html?searched=foreign+brides&advsearch=exactphrase&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1 (podcast)
Bong, Sharon A (2007) ‘Positions That Matter’ in http://www.kakiseni.com/articles/features/MTAzMw.html (30 January)
Bong, Sharon A (2007) ‘Re-imagining Marriage and Family Life’ in Catholic Asian News, March, 36 (3): 15-17.
Bong, Sharon A (2007) ‘Re-imagining Women, Marriage and Family Life in Asia’ in Herald: The Catholic Weekly, February 18, 2007, 14 (7): 28.
Bong, Sharon A (2004) ‘The Spirit of the Cheong Fatt Tze’ in Resource, 12 (2): 95-99.
Bong, Sharon A (2004) ‘To Develop or Not to Develop: That is the Question?’ in Resource, 11 (4): 85-90.
Bong, Sharon A (2004) ‘Restoration and Conservation of No. 8 Heeren Street’ in Resource, 11 (3): 65-68.
Bong, Sharon A (2004) ‘Moving Forward By Remembering Our Past: Conserving Malaysia’s Built Heritage’ in Resource, 11 (1): 61-67.