Di Wu
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Di Wu

Di’s research and practice focus on the relationship between disability, labor, and computing in post-1949 China. Her recent projects examine the labor and expertise of disabled persons in China’s AI industry, the history of disability innovation, and how different constituencies conceptualize China’s technoscientific futures in relation to disability. Di is an International Research and Collaboration Award winner of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on “Histories of Artificial Intelligence: A Genealogy of Power” at the University of Cambridge. 

Di’s research is informed by her five-year work experience in disability inclusion programs as an NGO founder and a United Nations program manager in China. Her work includes promoting inclusive employment, and facilitating China’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford, earning a “Barbara Harriss-White Dissertation Prize” in 2013 with her research on gender-based violence in India

Key words

disability studies; labor/work; history and culture of computing/AI; biopolitics; China studies




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