visual sociologist


Terence Heng is a photographer and sociologist. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Deputy Programme Director at the Singapore Institute of Technology.

Terence graduated from the University of Oxford with an MSc in Management Research and a PhD in Visual Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London. Working on intersections between creative practice and sociological research, he investigates the making of ethnic identities amongst Chinese individuals through everyday rituals and geographies. His research has been featured in journals like The Sociological Review, Cultural Geographies, Visual Communication and Sociological Research Online. In 2015, he was the inaugural winner of the International Visual Sociology Association’s Prosser Award for outstanding work by beginning scholars in visual methodologies.

His artistic practice seeks to combine different genres into multi-textured performances and pieces. He has published two books of poetry and/or photography, Live a Manic Existence with a Cup of Sanity in Your Hand (1997) and From Where I'm Standing (2004). His poetry/ photography has been exhibited in Going Places (The Arts House at the Old Parliament, Singapore) and Picture This: Approaches to Visual Research (Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2016, Canada).


Terence retains a professional practice as a wedding and family photographer and an interactive designer. His clients include the Monetary Authority of Singapore, The Blenheim Singers and Singapore Dance Theatre.

above: winter clothing festival - bukit brown cemetery


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