Sharon Bong

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, Malaysia

Monash University Malaysia


Academic Position:
Associate Professor

Prior Education Background:
Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of Lancaster, UK, 2002 M.A. Women and Religion, University of Lancaster, UK, 1997 M.A. English Literature (Distinction), University of Malaya, Malaysia, 1996 B.A. (Honours II Upper) English Literature, University of Malaya, Malaysia, 1991

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Recent Publications:
Book Bong, Sharon A (2006) The Tension Between Women’s Rights and Religions: The Case of Malaysia. New York: the Edwin Mellen Press Edited Book 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). Book chapters 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: Claretian 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. Journal articles Bong, Sharon A (2012) 'Decolonizing Malaysian theologies'. In Asian Christian Review 6 (1): 67-89. 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 (2011) ‘Beyond queer: An epistemology of bi choice’, Journal of Bisexuality 11(1): 39-63. 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.

Professional Activities and Affiliations:
Academic community Qualitative Research Association of Malaysia Committee member (, 2012- Ecclesia of Women in Asia (academic forum of Catholic women theologizing in Asia) Local conference team (head), 2011 (EWA V) Ex-officio, 2009-2011 Coordinator, 2007-2009 Executive Coordinator, 2004-2006 Asian Regional Committee of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church Forum writer (, 2011- Member of the Asian Regional Committee ( Forum for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Race, and Religion Research Associate, 2011- (,gender,raceclas.aspx) UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations Asia-Pacific Associate, 2010- Postcolonial Networks Member (, 2012- Catherine of Siena Virtual College Patron (, 2009- John Wijngaards Catholic Research Centre Patron (, 2013-

Research Interests:

  • Sexual ethics
  • Human rights
  • Feminist ethics
  • Gender

Past Events:

  • Trent 2010

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