Memorial Colloquium for Professor Jing Wang

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Building 56, 114
21 AMES ST, Cambridge, MA 02139

Attending in person: Attendance limited to MIT community members enrolled in Covid Pass. Please bring your MIT ID.

Streaming: This event will be available live on Zoom ( and recorded.

Professor Jing Wang — a beloved longtime colleague, vocal supporter of Comparative Media Studies/Writing, and mentor to countless students and fellow faculty — passed away at age 71 this past July. At this Colloquium, we publicly honor her life and work, featuring brief talks by some of those who knew her best. They include:

Emma J. Teng, T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations in MIT History and the Director of Global Languages. She teaches classes in Chinese culture, Chinese migration history, Asian American history, East Asian culture, and women’s and gender studies. Teng was Wang’s close colleague in Chinese studies for two decades.

T.L. Taylor, Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT and co-founder of AnyKey, an organization dedicated to diversity and inclusion in gaming. She is a qualitative sociologist whose research explores the interrelations between culture and technology in online environments. She was a colleague to Wang, working with her on various department-related issues, but mostly counted her as a dear friend.

Han Su, S.M. CMS, ’20, is Founder & CEO of Privoce, which builds tools to help netizens take better control of their data. Jing Wang served as advisor on his thesis Theory and Practice Towards a Decentralized Internet.

Tani Barlow, George and Nancy Rupp Professor of Humanities at Rice University, who met Wang in 1986 at Duke University, where Barlow came to her first academic conference.  Over the next 45 years, Wang and Barlow were close friends, sisters, comrades.  “We saw each other through joy, success, battles, losses, tragedies and the tedium and labor of writing,” Barlow writes.  She is the author of The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism (2004) and In the Event of Women (2021), as well as many edited volumes.  She is the founding senior academic editor of positions: asia critique.  Jing Wang was a founding member of the journal.

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