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Heng, T (2020) Diasporas, Weddings and the Trajectories of Ethnicity. Routledge: London

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Heng, T ( 2020) Of Gods, Gifts and Ghosts: Spiritual Places in Urban Spaces. Routledge: London

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Heng, T (2016), Visual Methods in the Field: Photography for the Social Sciences. Routledge: London Buy or Order e-inspection copy


Heng, T (2004) From Where I'm Standing, Landmark: Singapore


Heng, T (1997) Live a Manic Existence with a Cup of Sanity in Your Hand, Terence Heng: Singapore


Peer-Reviewed Articles


Heng, T (2020) Interacting with the Dead: Understanding the role and agency of spirits in assembling deathscapes, Social and Cultural Geography, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2020.1744183


Heng, T and O’Neill, J (2019) Visualising the City, Visual Ethnography, 8 (1), 1-11


Heng, T (2019), Precarious Spaces: Visualising Unofficial Sacredness, Visual Ethnography, 8 (1), 62-70 Read here


Loh, C, Heng, T, Wang, Z (2019) Discipline and Desire in Spaces of Reading. Cultural Geographies, doi:10.1177/1474474018824085, Early View Online Read here

Heng, T (2018) Photographing Absence in Deathscapes. Area, doi:10.1111/area.12514, Early View Online Read here (Free to read online)


Heng, T (2016) Making "Unofficial" Sacred Space: Spirit Mediums and House Temples in Singapore. Geographical Review, 106 (2), 215-234 Read here


Heng, T (2015) An Appropriation of Ashes: Transient Aesthetic Markers and Temporal Place-Making as Acts of Ethnic Identity Subversion, The Sociological Review, 63 (1), 57-78 Read here


Heng, T (2014) Hungry Ghosts in Urban Spaces: A Visual Study of Aesthetic Markers and Material Anchoring, Visual Communication, 13 (2) 147-162 Read here

Heng, T (2012) A Wedding Photographer's Journey through the Chinese Singaporean Urban Landscape, Cultural Geographies, 19 (2) 259-270  Read here


Heng, T (2011) Recent Methodological Opportunities in Online Hypermedia – A Case Study of Photojournalism in Singapore, Sociological Research Online, 16 (2) 15  Read here


Book Chapters


  1. Heng, T (Nov 2019) Creating Visual Essays: Narrative and Thematic Approaches, in Pauwels, L and Mannay, D (eds) The Sage Handbook of Visual Research Methods, London: Sage


Heng, T (2018) Walking the Spiritual Neighbourhood, in Nichols, S and Dobson, S (eds) Learning Cities, Springer: Singapore


Heng, T (2015) Masculine-Feminine Tensions in Singaporean Chinese Wedding Photography: An Auto/Biographical Narrative in Koh A and Balasingham-Chow YM (eds) Women and the Politics of Representation in Southeast Asia: Engendering discourse in Singapore and Malaysia, Routledge: New York Read Here


Other Articles


Heng, T and Hui, Y.F. (2015) Diaspora after Death: A Visual Essay of Bukit Brown Cemetery in Singapore, ISA E-Symposium, 5 (3) Read Here High Res Article: Click Here


Heng, T (2014) Turkeys, Romance and Communists: Notes from the KTM and Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Oral History Project, Roots Read Here


Heng, T (Aug 2011), Christian Visual Culture in Singaporean Chinese Weddings. Church and Society in Asia Today, 16 (4), 93-102 Read Here


Heng, T (2007), It's more fun (to stomp on a gnome) with a friend – Why communities and social relationships are so important in online games. Templeton Views, Summer 2007, 24-25 Read here


Conference Presentations


Heng, T (Sept 2015) Documenting Religion in Intimate Spaces: A Visual Response, International Visual Methods Conference 4, Brighton, United Kingdom


Heng, T (April 2015) Milk Bottles, Pacifiers and Gods of Wealth: Urban Taoism in Transition. British Sociological Association Annucal Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom


Heng, T (June 2014), Breaking Down the Hypermedia Narrative: Methdological and Technical Challenges in Multi-Format Documentary Work, Visual In-Sights, Newcastle, United Kingdom


Heng, T (Sept 2013), Photographing the Dead: Practice-Based Visual Research in Midnight Exhumations, International Visual Methods Conference 3, Wellington, New Zealand


Heng, T (July 2013), Photographing Spirits: Visual Essays of Chinese Religious Practices at Night, International Visual Sociology Association Conference 2013, London, United Kingdom


Heng, T (July 2013), Aesthetic Dissonance in Postcolonial Diasporic Ethnicities: A Visual Study of Chinese Wedding Consumption, Race. Migration. Citizenship. Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives, BSA Theory Study Group Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom


Heng, T (July 2013), Of Gods, Gifts and Ghosts - A Visual Essay on Spirital Encounters in Urban Singapore, Encounters, The Morgan Center, Manchester, United Kingdom


Heng, T (Dec 2011), Understanding Ethnic "Taste" amongst Diasporic Individuals: A Visual Study of Singaporean Chinese Wedding Rituals, Hong Kong Sociological Association Annual Conference, Hong Kong

Heng, T (April 2010), Poetry and Photography in Social Research, British Sociological Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Heng, T (Sept 2007), LFG BRD PST: Initial Notes of an Ethnographic Foray into the World of Warcraft, Ethnographic Futures: Voice, Politics & Representation, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Heng, T (April 2007), "Take Picture! Take Picture!" A Technical Introduction to the use of Photography in Social Research, British Sociological Conference, London, United Kingdom

Heng, T (April 2007), Shaping Rituals Online - A Virtual and Visual Ethnography of the Singaporean Ethnic Chinese Wedding and its Preparations, British Sociological Conference, London, United Kingdom

Heng, T (Sept 2005), Tea Dresses and Wedding Gowns: A Visual Essay of the Singaporean Chinese Bride, International Visual Sociology Association Conference, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

above: hungry ghost festival - bukit brown cemetery


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