• Society for Song, Yuan, and Conquest Dynasties Studies

    Welcome to the Society for Song, Yuan, and Conquest Dynasties Studies (SSYCDS) website. The Society is an international, scholarly, non-political, and nonprofit professional association of all persons interested in the study of Chinese, Jurchen, Khitan, Tangut, and Mongol history. Incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in 2011, the SSYCDS has been granted federal 501(c)3 nonprofit status.

    Our Mission

    The mission of the Society for Song, Yuan, and Conquest Dynasties Studies is to create a dynamic resource for university professors, graduate students, and independent scholars interested in the cultures of China from the tenth century and the founding of the Song and Liao dynasties to the end of the Yuan dynasty in the fourteenth century.


    Panel Support Award for AAS 2022: Call for Proposals

    Download CFP Here

    The Association for Asian Studies has announced the accepted panels for its Annual Conference, to be held from March 24-27 in Honolulu (in-person) and online. The Society for Song, Yuan, and Conquest Dynasties Studies will again offer sponsorship for two AAS panels in our research timeframe (10th-14th centuries). The selected panels will receive official recognition by the Society on the conference program and on our Society website as well as a small grant of $200/person to offset the costs of participation for up to six (6) participants (typically four panelists, a discussant, and a panel chair).

    Additionally, organizers of award-winning panels are encouraged to request a supplementary grant of up to $500/panel to support travel costs and technological upgrades for video conferencing for panelists. These supplemental funds will be awarded according to demonstrated need, with a preference for emerging scholars.

    If you would like to apply for SSYCDS sponsorship for your panel, please send your CV, panel proposal, individual paper abstracts, and the names and contact information of panel participants to the SSYCDS Secretary (Ya Zuo leahyzuo@gmail.com) by February 28, 2022.

    Please note that panelists must be members of the Society to receive support. Although participants are not required to be members at the time of application, all sponsored panel participants are required to pay membership dues for 2022 prior to January 31, 2022. For more information about membership and SSYCDS, please see our website: https://www.songyuan.org/membership.html.

    Call for Papers for Conference on Tang-Song Transitions, June 2022

    From Professors Anna Shields and Robert Hymes
    Download CFP Here

    Since 2015 the annual Workshop on Tang-Song Transitions has been the venue for innovative and interdisciplinary work on the multiple changes encompassing the eighth through thirteenth centuries in China. For June 16-18, 2022, we plan a larger three-day conference at Princeton University to deepen our discussions and extend them in new directions. We envision as many as eight topical panels, typically of four papers each, ranging across multiple fields, comprising scholars of all ranks including advanced PhD students, and scheduled sequentially so that all Conference participants are present at every panel. Topics on which we would welcome contributions include: literary culture; society and social change; religious culture and practice; institutions and institutional history; art and architecture; regional differences and dynamics; interactions with or among border states and peoples; historiography and the problem of “transition.” On these or other pertinent topics we invite individual-paper abstracts or whole-panel proposals (in the latter case with abstracts of all included papers), with individual papers to be assembled into panels by the organizers. Panels will not include dedicated discussants, as on the model of the Workshop we expect discussion to come from the whole group of participants. Because the focus of the Conference is on the problem of change from Tang through Song, each paper should draw on sources from at least two of three historical periods: Tang, tenth century, and Song. The Conference will continue the practice of the Workshop, which has been to require papers and relevant primary texts to be submitted to the Conference website for circulation a month before we meet; panel time will thus be dedicated to the discussion of papers rather than their presentation. Transportation, lodging, and meals will be covered for all accepted panelists. We also welcome attendance by interested guests of all academic ranks, space allowing. Please send individual-paper or panel proposals by October 1, 2021, to the organizers, Professors Anna Shields and Robert Hymes, at ctst2022@princeton.edu. For information on a sample past meeting of the Workshop, see https://tang-song-workshop.princeton.edu/.

    SSYCDS Small Grants Program 2021: Call for Proposals

    The Society for Song, Yuan, and Conquest Dynasties Studies (SSYCDS) is pleased to announce funding for small grants to support research in any scholarly discipline on Chinese— as well as Khitan, Jurchen, Tangut, and Mongol— history, society, and culture from the early tenth to mid-fourteenth centuries.

    These grants are intended to support scholars whose research programs have been disrupted by the pandemic, and who plan to present their current projects through print or digital publication. These grants can be used to support research and publication expenses including (but not limited to) travel, database subscriptions, copy-editing, research assistance, programming assistance, data entry, scanning, photocopying, image reproduction fees, and publication subventions. Download CFP Here

    General Requirements:

    This grant is intended to support research by scholars who hold the Ph.D. and are at any career stage, with priority given to non-tenured and junior scholars.


    Applicants must be members of the Society in good standing at the time of application. Information on membership can be found at https://songyuan.org/membership.html.
    Research grant recipients are eligible to participate on Society sponsored panels and receive subventions for panel participation at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting in March 2022.
    Society Officers and Board Members are not eligible for grant funding.

    Grant Information:

    Amount of Award: Up to $1000
    Number of Awards: At least five
    Application Deadline: July 1, 2021. Recipients will be notified by September 1, 2021.
    Except in exceptional circumstances, grant funds are ordinarily disbursed upon submission of receipts or invoices.

    Application Process:

    Applicants must submit: a two-page proposal describing the project and the specific component that this grant would support; a current C.V.; an itemized budget; a short statement describing what support, if any, the applicant expects to receive from other sources (including from his or her institution).
    Applications should be emailed as a PDF to secretary@songyuan.org.

    SSYCDS Annual Meeting

    The SSYCDS annual meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 24, from 6:30-8:30 pm EDT. The meeting is an opportunity to connect with friends old and new and learn of recent scholarship in the field. We will also be introducing new members of the Society leadership team. This event is free and open to the public--you do not need to be an AAS member, or register for the conference, to attend our annual meeting. The link to the ZOOM meeting has been sent via the society's listserv. Please join us and share news of your recent research projects!

    Anyone needing access to the Zoom meeting, please join the SSYCDS listserv by 4 pm (EDT) Wednesday, March 24 for the final invitation and reminder with access information.

    SSYCDS Sponsored Panels at AAS 2021

    We are happy to announce that SSYCDS is able to support three panels at the virtual AAS annual conference this spring. Congratulations to panel organizers Wonhee CHO, Yunshuang ZHANG, and Xiuyuan MI! The panel dates and times are listed in chronological order below, along with a link to the conference schedule on the AAS Website. Please be sure to add them to your calendars.

    Making Space in Song China

    Monday, March 22, 2021, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT
    Organizer: Xiuyuan MI
    Panelists: Cong Ellen ZHANG, Jeffery MOSER, Xiuyuan MI, Wanmeng LI
    Chair/Discussant: Steven H. WEST

    Word, Image, Studio, Water: Remembrance of Place in Premodern China

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021; 8:30 am-10:00 am EDT
    Organizer: Yunshuang ZHANG
    Panelists: Yunshuang ZHANG, Xiaolin DUAN, Graham CHAMNESS, Einor K. CERVONE
    Chair: Ronald Egan
    Discussants: Ronald Egan and Peter Sturman

    New Views on the “Conquest Dynasties”

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:30 am – 10:00 am EDT
    Organizer: Wonhee CHO
    Panelists: Wonhee CHO, Roslyn L. HAMMERS, Karl DEBRECZENY, Valerie HANSEN
    Chair: Valerie HANSEN
    Discussant: Johan ELVERSKOG