Contact details


Telephone number: +44 7565216855

Social media: @whatswoman


Junior Research Associate of International Gender Studies centre (IGS), Lady Margaret Hall

DPhil candidate in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

President, British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS)

Co-founder of public academic projects whatswoman and 见树又见林

Ling Tang


Ling Tang joined the University of Oxford in 2016 as a DPhil student in Oriental Studies (under the supervision of Dr. Maria Jaschok and Prof. Rachel Murphy).  Ling studies gendered and sexualized guanxi and critically brings into the discussion the concept of erotic capital, which she sees essential for understanding of instrumental interpersonal relationship in urban China and beyond. While her MPhil thesis targets the white-collar women workers in Shenzhen, her DPhil research focuses on the female-led E-commerce entrepreneurs. 

Ling is interested in social enterprises and moral business, and therefore recently co-founded a food sharing platform business company called TryMyDish incubated by Oxford She has also co-founded a photography-based visual anthropology feminist art project called Whatswoman.

Research interests

The Internet; E-commerce; Erotic Capital; Intimate Labour; Gender and Sexuality in China; Guanxi

Selected publications

2017: Book review of The Afterglow of Women’s Pornography in Post-Digital China by Katrien Jacobs. Palgrave Macmillan. Screen Bodies, 2017(2).