• 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 for 2022: Call for Proposals

    The Society for Song, Yuan, and Conquest Dynasties Studies (SSYCDS) is pleased to announce funding for two categories of 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. Download CFP Here

    1. Research and Publication Support Grants
    These grants are intended to support scholars 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.

    2. Conference and Workshop Support Grant
    Because interactions within the scholarly community is so important to the life of the field and because funding to support conferences and workshop is scarce, especially at smaller institutions, the society offers a small grant to assist in the planning of a conference or workshop.

    General Requirements:

    These grants are 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 2023.

    Society Officers and Board Members are not eligible for grant funding.

    Grant Information:

    Research and Publication Support Grants
        Amount of Award: Up to $1000
        Number of Awards: At least five
    Conference and Workshop Support Grant
        Amount of Award: Up to $3000
        Number of Awards: One
    Application Deadline: July 1, 2022. Recipients will be notified by September 2, 2022.
    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 2022

    The SSYCDS Annual Meeting will take place at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Honolulu, on Saturday, March 26th, from 2:15-3:45 pm HST, in Room 316A of the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. 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 newly-elected members of the Society’s Board. Please join us and share news of your recent research projects!

    SSYCDS Sponsored Panels at AAS 2022

    Download Panel Info Here

    We are happy to announce that SSYCDS will be sponsoring a panel at the AAS Annual Conference in Honolulu in March 2022. Congratulations to panel organizer Johannes Lotze! The panel date and time is listed below, along with a link to the conference schedule on the AAS Website. Please be sure to add it to your calendar.

    The End of an Era, Seen Through Many Eyes: Eurasian Dimensions of the Great Chinggisid Crisis

    Friday, March 25, 2022 9:30am – 11:00am HST (Hawaii)
    Location: Room 313A
    Organizer: Johannes Lotze
    Panelists: Qiao Yang, Ishayahu Landa, Xiaobai Hu, Johannes Lotze
    Chair/Discussant: Eiren Shea

    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/.