Category Archives: Publications

Peculiar Politics in Malaysia: A Queer Perspective on Non-Heteronormative Malay-Muslim Men

Goh, Joseph N. “Peculiar Politics in Malaysia: A Queer Perspective on Non-Heteronormative Malay-Muslim Men.” In Ways of Queering, Ways of Seeing, edited by Jillian E. Cox and Jo Grzelinska, 3-33. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2015. Abstract In this chapter, I postulate that the adamant insistence by Islamic and civil authorities on specific performativities of masculinity and sexuality to the extent of persecuting non-heteronormative Malay-Muslim men underwrites the pursuit of an image of Malay-Muslim cohesiveness. This politically motivated antagonism, in turn, secures the maintenance of political Read More +

Our Lady of Subang Jaya

Goh, Joseph N. Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present, ed. Patrick J. Hayes, s.v. “Our Lady of Subang Jaya.” Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016.   Description of Encyclopedia: Miracles give hope to the hopeless and exemplify the intersection of the divine and the mundane. They have shaped world history and continue to influence us through their presence in films, television, novels, and popular culture. This encyclopedia provides a unique resource on the philosophical, historical, religious, and cross-cultural Read More +

Identity Formations in Contemporary Malaysia: Traversing and Transcending Ethnicity

Marco Ferrarese, Joseph N. Goh, Julian C. H. Lee and Caryn Lim. “Identity Formations in Contemporary Malaysia: Traversing and Transcending Ethnicity.” In Malaysia Post-Mahathir: A Decade of Change?, edited by James Chin and Joern Dosch, 41-69. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2015.   “… ethnicity as a point of primary identity construction is being traversed and transcended … as the authors demonstrate, at the wider socio-political level members of civil society movements, such as Bersih and Seksualiti Merdeka, have deliberately sought to either explore non-ethnic identities or Read More +

Preach to the Converted – With Julian C. H. Lee

Lee, Julian C. H. with Joseph N. Goh. “Preach to the Converted.” In Second Thoughts: On Malaysia, Globalisation, Society and Self, authored and edited by Julian C. H. Lee, 179-181. Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, 2015. “You don’t need to go to many activist events before you encounter someone who, upon looking around and seeing familiar faces, expresses the regret that the hosts of the event are ‘preaching to the converted.’”            

Reclaiming Vision and Voice: A Queer-Feminist-Liberation Reading of Mark 10: 46-52 in relation to Non-Heteronormative Malaysians

Goh, Joseph N. “Reclaiming Vision and Voice: A Queer-Feminist-Liberation Reading of Mark 10: 46-52 in relation to Non-Heteronormative Malaysians.” in God’s image 33, no. 1 (June 2014): 40-51.   This essay deploys a queer-feminist-liberation reading of Mark 10:46-52 to articulate the issues and struggles of non-heteronormative Malaysians, and the ways in which they reclaim their visions and voices as sexual subjects in a disenabling ethos.            

SEA Studies Symposium 2015 – Roundtables and Workshops: “The Year of ASEAN: Integrating Southeast Asia,” March 20-24, 2015

  ●  Goh, Joseph N. “The Contestation of Muslim Homogeneity through Queer Variegations of Lived Islam among Gay-Identifying Malay-Muslim Malaysian Men.” Paper presentation at “Gender and Nationhood: The Emerging Gendered Modernities of Malaysia and Indonesia” Panel, SEA Studies Symposium 2015 – Roundtables and Workshops, “The Year of ASEAN: Integrating Southeast Asia,” in conjunction with the Asian Economic Panel Conference, Sunway University, Malaysia, March 22, 2015. Chair: Gaik Cheng Khoo. ●   Alicia Izharuddin, Joseph N. Goh and Pang Khee Teik. “The State and Future of the Read More +

Queering Migrations Towards, From, and Beyond Asia

Edited by Hugo Córdova Quero, Joseph N. Goh, Michael Sepidoza Campos Queering Migrations Towards, From, and Beyond Asia explores the intersection of migration and queerness as they relate to ethnic/racial identity constructions, immigration processes and legal status, the formation of trans/national or trans/cultural partnerships, and families and/or love-friendships. Woven into these narratives are explorations of the roles that religious identities, values, and world views play in the fortification/critique of queer migrant identities. These essays explore assumptions of hetero-normativities, gender role expectations, sexual identities, body configurations, Read More +

Fracturing Interwoven Heteronormativities in Malaysian Malay-Muslim Masculinity: A Research Note

Goh, Joseph N. “Fracturing Interwoven Heteronormativities in Malaysian Malay-Muslim Masculinity: A Research Note.” Sexualities 17, no. 5-6 (September 2014): 600-617   My aim in this article is to problematise the heteronormalised interlacings of citizenship, ethnicity, masculinity, ascendancy, morality, matrimony and religion among Malaysian Malay-Muslim men through queer analyses. The civil partnership of Malaysian Ariff Alfian Rosli caused considerable tumult among many Malay-Muslims in Malaysia, dislodging an entrenched image of heteronormative masculinity. I argue that Ariff’s resoluteness in faith has irrevocably fractured heteronormative familiarities and opened Read More +

Sacred Sexual Touch: Illness, Sexual Bodies and Sacramental Anointing in Rural Bidayŭh Villages

Goh, Joseph N. “Sacred Sexual Touch: Illness, Sexual Bodies and Sacramental Anointing in Rural Bidayŭh Villages.” Rural Theology: International, Ecumenical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives 12, no. 1 (May 2014): 42-52.   Although the sacrament of anointing has undergone a major shift in focus from the dying to the sick after Vatican II, the official ritual maintains that its administration necessitates an ordained minister. This exclusive prerogative, coupled with the number of priests that is disproportionate to an increasing growth of baptized laity, underscores the reality that Read More +