Photo of Jiaqi (Chinese person with shoulder-length blond hair and glasses) smiling at the camera. They are wearing a beige shirt and a white button down over it, and standing in front of a tan plain background.

Jiaqi Kang

is a doctoral student in art history at Oxford University and the founding editor-in-chief of Sine Theta, an international, print-based creative arts magazine for the Sino diaspora. They are the winner of The White Review Short Story Prize 2022 and a Lambda Literary Fellow 2023. Originally from Geneva, Switzerland, they are based in Oxford, UK.



All my own stunts | Emerge 2023: anthology for the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, 03.2024Sunita | LIKE A FEVER, Asia Art Archive, 10.2023The Chinese Teacher | The London Magazine, 10.2023The Trip | Finalist: Joyland Open Border Fiction Prize 2022, 01.2023Class of 1985 | Winner: The White Review Short Story Prize 2022, 09.2022
edited by Izabella Scott
translated into Chinese by Cindy Ziyun Huang
Uncle's house; it was noon | SUSPECT, 04.2022Cake shop | Jellyfish Review, 04.2022Northern Beggar | The Spectacle, 04.2022
edited by Jenny Wu
Monologue of a pirate ship that doesn't have a figurehead, or perhaps it once did, but it’s difficult to tell now because its bow is encrusted with clam shells and barnacles, which scuttle about and scream during a storm, as though they had mouths | X-R-A-Y, 10.2021
reviewed in A Personal Anthology
An Lushan goes to war | Winner: Wadham Rex Warner Prize for Creative Writing, 06.2021slowburn AU | EX/POST, 05.2021
listed in wigleaf top 50 very short fictions, 2022
Swimming with Robert Rauschenberg; he erases a drawing of me; my teeth fall out of my mouth | Tiny Molecules, 03.2021
edited by Connor Harrison
Xianrenzhang | Hobart Pulp, 03.2021; Augment Review, 06.2022
edited by Kimberly Bliss
L'oeil d'Orochimaru | wildness, 02.2021
edited by Michelle Tudor
reviewed in fractured lit roundup
Dunhuang, in the summer | X-R-A-Y, 01.2021; Santa Fe Writers' Project, 02.2021
edited by Crow Jonah Norlander
Dunhuang, a continuation | Santa Fe Writers' Project, 02.2021
edited by Monica Prince
Gunk | Peach Mag, 01.2021The Buddha's Fist | Jellyfish Review, 10.2020Fujiyama, 2088 | perhappened, 09.2020
nominated for Best of the Net 2021


晋源 | The Lumiere Review, 09.2022
nominated for Best Microfictions 2023
Having your period in August in China | Zindabad Zine, 04.2021In Year Six We Had A Substitute Teacher Whose Heels Were So Dry That They Looked Like Cracked White Marzipan; I Saw Them While Going Up Some Stairs Behind Her. I Was Transfixed. These Days My Heels Have Been Really Dry And I Guess It’s My Turn To Have Marzipan Parmesan Feet. | Bat City Review, 04.2021Love sonnet from the perspective of Rod, a jock mouse who lived on my Animal Crossing island for 3 months | Ghost City Review, 10.2020A CACTUS I HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE | DAYBREAKING Zine, 09.2020Oeux | Fruit Journal #2, 08.2020hayfever | harana poetry #5, 07.2020

Selected non-fiction

News from Nowhere | TOLKA, 06.2023
edited by Catherine Hearn and Liam Harrison
Portrait of an ape | SmokeLong Quarterly, 03.2023
edited by Christopher Allen
nominated for Best of the Net 2024
A Set of Differences and Relations: Review of PEARLS FROM THEIR MOUTH by Pear Nuallak | SUSPECT, 10.2022
edited by Maggie Wang


Translator (Chinese to English) | My depression by Ren Hang, 2017Assistant Director (Theatre; devised) | My mother runs in zig-zags @ The North Wall (Oxford, U.K.), 02.2019 - 06.2019Director, DP, editor | 写真:浓与淡 / STUDY: NOW AND THEN (24m), 12.2015 - 01.2016


Peer-reviewed publications

Kang, Jiaqi. 'Art as Surgery: Hygiene Politics in Zhang Peili’s Glove Art, 1985–91', Art Journal, vol. 83, issue 1 (2024): 38–57. [Open access.]


History of Art Department, History Faculty, University of Oxford
Lincoln College, University of Oxford
DPhil History of Art, 2021 - 2025 (expected)
- June and Simon Li Scholarship in Chinese Art History, 2021- 2024
- DPhil associate, University of Oxford China Centre
Dissertation: "A pile of filth": hygiene politics and art in China, 1979–c.2012 | supervised by J. P. ParkKrasis Junior Teaching Fellow | Ashmolean Museum, Hilary Term - Trinity Term 2022Wadham College, University of Oxford
MSt History of Art and Visual Culture, 2020 - 2021, Distinction
- Wadham Cliff Davies Scholarship in History, 2020 - 2021
Dissertation: Land of the [ ……… ]: Japanese-American internment photography from an ecocritical perspective | supervised by Geoffrey BatchenSt. Catherine's College, University of Oxford
BA History of Art, 2017 - 2020, First Class
- Distinction in First Public Examinations, 2018
- College Scholarship, 2018 - 2019, 2019 - 2020
- Katritzky Prize in the History of Art, 2019
- Gibbs Prize in the History of Art for best average finals performance, 2020
Dissertation: "Horrible and Terrifying Deeds": André Derain's Pantagruel woodcuts | supervised by Alastair WrightLaidlaw Scholar | Oxford University Careers Service, 2019Krasis Scholar | Ashmolean Museum, Trinity Term 2019


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Author photo credit: Yinuo Meng, 2022