Image credits: Emperor Minghuang’s Flight to Shu, possibly 10th-11th c. copy of painting att. to Li Zhaodao (c. 670-730), National Palace Museum, Taipei; Cloudy Mountains, Mi Youren (1074-1151), Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Tang-Song Transition Workshop
Princeton University, April 22, 2017
Sponsored by the Princeton Council for the Humanities, the Department of East Asian Studies, and the Program in East Asian Studies

Anna Shields, Princeton University
Robert Hymes, Columbia University

Introduction to the Workshop
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. Ideally we hope to create a community of scholars who will participate in unified projects tracing specific changes across the transition 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 ask scholars from a range of disciplines to discuss key questions and texts that span the transition. The Workshop’s first meeting will take place on April 22nd, 2017, at Princeton University. Funding is pending for a second meeting in 2018 at Columbia University, and we hope to continue the Workshop well into the future.

Participants in the 2017 Workshop
Peter Bol, Harvard University
Beverly Bossler, University of California, Davis
Hugh Clark, Ursinus College
Anthony DeBlasi, University at Albany
Christian de Pee, University of Michigan
Hilde De Weerdt, Leiden University
Michael Fuller, University of California, Irvine
Mark Halperin, University of California, Davis
Valerie Hansen, Yale University
Charles Hartman, University at Albany
Robert Hymes, Columbia University
James Robson, Harvard University
Anna Shields, Princeton University
Paul Smith, Haverford College
Nicolas Tackett, University of California, Berkeley
Stephen Teiser, Princeton University
Cheng-hua Wang, Princeton University
Ellen Cong Zhang, University of Virginia