The Conference on Tang-Song Transitions

The Conference has now ended. Thanks to all who attended and participated.

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Image Credit: Emperor Ming-huang’s Flight to Szechwan. Anonymous, T’ang dynasty Hanging scroll, 55.9×81cm. Held at the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Princeton University, Friend Center 113, June 16-18, 2022

As Song studies and Tang studies have grown as respective fields over the last several decades, older styles of work that had tried to make large claims across the period receded somewhat into the background — even as that work continued to supply many of the generalizations we all still make about cross-dynastic change— and it became rarer for a single scholar to work across dynastic lines. Such work has been reemerging in recent years, in part spurred by the Workshop on Tang-Song Transitions, held in alternating years at Princeton and Columbia University in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021. Our goal as organizers has been to stimulate the growth of a community of scholars undertaking new research tracing specific changes across the transition and thus working regularly with Tang sources, Five Dynasties sources, and Song sources within each single project. The Conference in 2022 gives us the opportunity to include a broader range of scholars from across disciplines in this collaborative conversation. We warmly invite you to attend; registration to attend is free. (See the Registration page above.) Registered participants will receive a confirmation email and the password to the Papers page when it becomes available. 

Check-in Process for All Guests

The entrance to the Friend Center is located on the south side of the building by Friend Courtyard (see image below). There will be a check-in table upon entry to the Atrium. The Atrium is also where boxed lunches will be served on Friday and Saturday, with seating there as well as in the Lower Atrium downstairs.

For conference participants only (listed in the table below): You will be directed to Jeff Heller who will be happy to greet you and give you your conference folder.

For registered guests from outside Princeton University: Please give your name when you approach the Check-in table. We will first confirm that you have filled out your vaccine attestation form (TigerPass). If you have, you will then be directed to write a name badge for yourself, and pick up a schedule and orange pencil.

For Princeton University guests: As a member of the University community, you are already cleared for building access. However, we ask that you check-in so you can write a name badge for yourself, and pick up a schedule and orange pencil.

Map of the Friend Center with entrance, check-in, and Convocation Room identified



Peter Bol (Harvard University) Patricia Ebrey (University of Washington) Terry Kleeman (University of Colorado) Yung-chang Tung (Harvard University)
Beverly Bossler (Brown University) Ronald Egan (Stanford University) Ari Levine (University of Georgia) Gabe van Beijeren (Leiden University)
Stephen Boyanton (Independent Scholar) Michael Fuller (University of California, Irvine) Jiangnan Li (Arizona State University) Curie Virág (University of Edinburgh)
Joshua Capitanio (Stanford University) Imre Galambos (University of Cambridge) Yiwen Li (City University of Hong Kong) Michelle Wang (Georgetown University)

Weiling Chang (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Charles Hartman (University of Albany – SUNY) Jeffrey Moser (Brown University) Xin Wen (Princeton University)
Ruth Yun-ju Chen
(Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica)
Jonathan Hay (Institute of Fine Arts – NYU) David Mozina (Independent Scholar) Ping Yao (California State University, Los Angeles)
Song Chen (Bucknell University) Bryce Heatherly (University of Pennsylvania) Gregory Sattler (UCLA) Cong Zhang (University of Virginia)
Hsiao-wen Cheng (University of Pennsylvania) TJ Hinrichs (Cornell University) Anna Shields (Princeton University) Yunshuang Zhang (Wayne State University)
Hugh Clark (Ursinus College) Robert Hymes (Columbia University) Paul Smith (Bryn Mawr College) Yiwen Zheng (Indiana University)
Hilde De Weerdt (KU Leuven) Yonglin Jiang (Bryn Mawr College) Nicolas Tackett (University of California, Berkeley) Ya Zuo (UC Santa Barbara)


Robert Hymes
Carpentier Professor of Chinese History
Anna Shields
Gordon Wu '58 Professor of Chinese Studies Chair, Department of East Asian Studies
Princeton University


For more information, email Anna Shields or Robert Hymes

For any questions regarding travel, lodging, or meal arrangements, contact Jeff Heller


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Image Credit: Along the River During the Qingming Festival (清明上河圖), the 12th-century original by Zhang Zeduan.  Held at the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.

Image Credit: Along the River During the Qingming Festival (清明上河圖), the 12th-century original by Zhang Zeduan.  Held at the Palace Museum, Beijing, China