• 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.


    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