Dr Tan Meng Yoe
PhD (Arts, Monash University)
BA (Hons) (Communication, Monash University)
Tan Meng Yoe completed his PhD with Monash University Malaysia in 2013 after being awarded the Higher Degree by Research Scholarship in 2010. His thesis, The Digital Church: Urban Malaysian Christian Experiences in Cyberspace, was on the subject of online Christianity in Malaysia.
He is the co-founder of the Southeast Asia Internet Researchers Network (SEAIRN), a platform established in 2016 to bring together researchers of the internet in the region for networking and research collaborations. This initiative was following the inaugural Internet in Southeast Asia: Power and Society symposium, in which he served as co-chair.
He is currently serving as the coordinator for the Master in Communication and Media Studies programme, and is also actively involved in the popular “In Search Of” study trip series.
My ongoing research is a study on how internet practices shape religious and political communication among Malaysians in individual, institutional, and national socio-political contexts. Currently, I am specifically looking at inter/intra-religious engagement and structures of religious communities in Malaysian social-media spaces.
More broadly, I am curious about the concept of “reality” in cyberspace, and whether spirituality can be experienced online. It is my hope that my research can shed light on this discussion.
I am also actively involved in education research. Along with three other researchers, we received two research grants from the Monash University Malaysia Better Learning Better Teaching (BTBL) initiative and the Monash Education Academy to conduct a campus wide study on student and teacher expectations on assessment support and feedback. It is my hope that the findings will lead tangible improvements in the higher education experience.
- Tan, M.Y. (2014)) “Malaysian Christians Online: Online/Offline Networks of Everyday Religion”, in Maj, Anna (ed) Post-Privacy Culture: Gaining Social power in Cyber-Democracy, Inter-disciplinary Press, Oxford.
- Tan, M.Y. (2013) “Malaysian Christians Online: Online/Offline Spiritual Interactions and Integration”, in Maj, Anna (editor) Cyberculture Now: Social and Communication Behaviours on the Web, Inter-disciplinary Press, Oxford.
- Tan, M.Y. (2012) “Negotiating the Liberties and Boundaries of Malaysian Online Christianity: Case Studies”, in Hopkins, Julian and Julian Lee (editors), Thinking Through Malaysia: Culture and Identity in the 21st Century, SIRD Publications, Puchong.
- Tan, M. Y. (2016). Authenticity in Online Religion: An Actor-Network Approach. International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation (IJANTTI), 8(1), 44-54. doi:10.4018/IJANTTI.2016010104
- Tan, M.Y. (2012) “Malaysian Christianity and New Media: Evaluating Freedom of Expression”, in Mohd Hazim Shah and Saliha Hassan (editors), Proceedings of the 8th International Malaysian Studies Conference: Transition and Transformation – State, Market, and Culture in a Period of Rapid Change, Malaysian Social Science Association, Malaysia.
- Tan, M.Y. (2007) “Reality and Subjectivity: Digital Films as Cyborg Texts in a Post-Modern World”, in Hoofd, Ingrid Maria, Tan, Margaret, and Katharine Ho Kit Ying (editors), Proceedings of ISEA 2008: 14th International Symposium of Electronic Arts, ISEA2008, Singapore.
- Tan, M.Y. (2011) “Material Religion and Popular Culture”, E. Frances King (2012) in Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute, Volume 17(2), p.424
- Tan, M.Y., Y. Lin, Borrowman, L., and New J.Y. (2016) Expectations in Transition: Students’ and Teachers’ Expectations on University Assessment Support and Feedback, presented at the International Conference on Language, Education, and Innovation, Singapore.
- Borrowman L., New J.Y., Tan, M.Y., and Lin Y. (2016) Investigating Students’ Expectations and Experiences on Assessment Support and Feedback: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective, presented at the Learning and Teaching Conference: Educational Innovation for Employment, Monash University, Melbourne.
- Tan M.Y. (2015) "The Limits of Proselytization: Malay Christian Blogs in Malaysia", presented at Internet in Southeast Asia: Power and Society, Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia
- Tan, M.Y. (2014), “Adapting to Cyberspace: Perspective and Practices of Malaysian Pastors on Cyber-Christian Culture”, presented at AAS-in-ASIA: Asia in Motion – Heritage and Transformation, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
- Tan, M.Y. (2013) “From Facebook to a Book: Online Socio-Political Engagement Amongst Malaysian Christians”, presented at the 8th International Convention of Asia Scholars, University of Macau, Macau.
- Tan, M.Y. (2012) “Malaysian Christianity and New Media: Evaluating Freedom of Expression”, presented at the 8th International Malaysian Studies Conference: Transition and Transformation: State, Market and Culture in a Period of Rapid Change, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia.
- Tan, M.Y. (2012) “Malaysian Christians Online: Reimagining the Real/Virtual Binary in Online/Offline”, presented at the 7th Global Conference on Cybercultures: Exploring Critical Issues, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Czech Republic.
- Tan, M.Y. (2011) “Liberties and Boundaries of Malaysian Christianity“, presented at the International Young Scholar’s Conference, Monash University Sunway Campus, Malaysia.
- Tan, M.Y. (2007) “Reality and Subjectivity: Digital Films as Cyborg Texts in a Post-Modern World”, presented in the International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Singapore Management University, Singapore.
Other Publications and Engagements
- “Up Close and Personal – The Bryan Adams Experience”, CQ Magazine, 9 Feb 2017
- “Can Religion Come First?” Monash University Malaysia, 12 Feb 2016
- “Hating the Politics of Hate” The Malaysian Insider, 16 August 2013