The Third Workshop on Tang-Song Transitions

Princeton University, April 12-13, 2019
Sponsored by the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grant from the Humanities Council, Princeton University 

Robert Hymes, Columbia University
Anna Shields, Princeton University

Introduction to the Workshop on Tang-Song Transitions

As Song studies and Tang studies have grown as fields in recent years, older styles of work that tried to make large claims across the period have receded into the background — even as that work has tended to supply the generalizations we all make about cross-dynastic change in our courses and elsewhere — and it became rarer for a single scholar to work across dynastic lines. Such work is reemerging now, and our aim in organizing the Tang-Song Transition Workshop is to encourage it. We hope to create a community of scholars who will participate in unified projects tracing specific changes across the transition, and who will work regularly with Tang sources, Five Dynasties sources, and Song sources. The Workshop is therefore intended to foster new scholarship, support work in progress, and unite scholars from a range of disciplines in discussing key questions and texts that span the transition. The Workshop’s first meeting took place at Princeton on April 22nd, 2017; the second took place on April 7th, 2018, at Columbia University. Planning is under way for a fourth meeting at Columbia in 2020, with the goal of holding a larger conference at Princeton in 2021. 

Participants in the 2019 Workshop

Sarah Allen, Williams College
Peter Bol, Harvard University
Beverly Bossler, University of California, Davis
Hugh Clark, Ursinus College (emeritus)
Anthony DeBlasi, University at Albany
Christian de Pee, University of Michigan
Hilde DeWeerdt, Leiden University
Patricia Ebrey, University of Washington
Ronald Egan, Stanford University
Michael Fuller, University of California, Irvine
Mark Halperin, University of California, Davis
Charles Hartman, University at Albany
Natasha Heller, University of Virginia
Jeehee Hong, McGill University
Robert Hymes, Columbia University
John Phan, Columbia University
James Robson, Harvard University
Anna Shields, Princeton University
Paul Smith, Haverford College
Stephen Teiser, Princeton University
Richard von Glahn, University of California, Los Angeles
Cheng-hua Wang, Princeton University
Jinping Wang, National University of Singapore
Xin Wen, Princeton University
Ping Yao, California State University, Los Angeles
Cong Ellen Zhang, University of Virginia




Header Image Credit: Emperor Ming-huang’s Flight to Szechwan. Anonymous, T’ang dynasty Hanging scroll, 55.9×81cm
Footer Image credit: Cloudy Mountains, Mi Youren (1074-1151), Metropolitan Museum of Art.