Doctoral Candidate in History
Bryan Goh is student of the socio-cultural history of modern Southeast Asia. He is particularly interested in the study of the History of Catholicism in insular Southeast Asia. Bryan’s scholarly endeavors lie broadly in the intersections of religion, community formation, and cultural memory. His work dialogues with fields of diasporic studies and world history through an analysis of religious networks.
His undergraduate thesis, "The Rhythms of a Catholic-Teochew Community: Church, Family, and School in Hougang (1945-1981)" is a microhistorical analysis of the growth and development of a communal identity within a parish in Singapore. This thesis was awarded the Wong Lin Ken Memorial Medal for best Academic Exercise in the Honours Year Course in History in 2017. Bryan's master's thesis, "Hongkar Experiences: Teochew Catholic Communities in Singapore, 1820-1980" is an extension of that microhistory, examining the interconnectedness of different communities and argues for a model of community formation that centers on experiences of cultural negotiation.
Apart from research, Bryan places a heavy emphasis on teaching and learning pedagogy, and was formerly placed on the Graduate Students' Teaching Award Honor Roll in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore. He was also part of a pedagogy reading group focusing on learner-centered teaching.
Bryan Goh, "The Catholic-Teochew Rhythm: Communal Identity in Hougang" in SOJOURN Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 33,1 (2018): 227-264.