In Honor of the Opening
November 10-12, 2016
The Elling O. Eide Library, Sarasota Florida
The T’ang Studies Society, with the support of the Elling O. Eide Foundation and the Numata Program in Buddhist Studies, University of Calgary, organized an international conference to celebrate the opening of the Elling O. Eide Library.
The conference had three goals: (1) to bring together a wide range of scholars of the Tang to present papers in different disciplines, emphasizing new, emerging questions and interdisciplinary approaches; (2) to connect scholars of the Tang from different generations, from senior scholars to graduate students; and (3) to introduce the Eide Library and the Elling O. Eide Charitable Foundation to those scholars, showcasing the facility and its collection as an important new scholarly resource.
Information about the Elling O. Eide Charitable Foundation and the Elling O. Eide Library is available here: www.ellingoeide.org/
Friday, November 11, 2016 (Eide Library):
Panel One: New Perspectives on Tang Dynasty Political History
Panel Chair: Anthony DeBlasi, University at Albany
Panel Two: Tales, "Notes," and Anecdotes: Prose in the Tang
Panel Chair: Sarah Allen, Wellesley College
Panel Three: Tang in the World
Panel Chair: Michael Drompp, Rhodes College
Panel Four: Ritual Environments of the Tang Dynasty: Text through Context
Panel Co-Chairs: Amy McNair, University of Kansas; Tracy Miller, Vanderbilt University
Saturday, November 12, 2016 (Eide Library)
Panel Five: Doing Things with Things: Religious Objects of the Period of Division, Sui, and Tang
Panel Chairs: Wendi Adamek, University of Calgary
Panel Seven: Social History of the Tang
Panel Chair: Nicolas Tackett, University of California Berkeley
“The Chinese Biographical Database (CBDB) Project and Tang Studies”
Xin Wen, Harvard University
Panel Six: New Approaches to Tang Poetry
Panel Chair: Christopher Nugent, Williams College
Panel Eight: Influences of Religion on Tang State and Regional Identity
Panel Chair: James Robson, Harvard University
Round-Table: Reflections on Past Paths and Future Directions in the Study of the Tang and the Role of the Tang Studies Journal
Full Conference Program and Schedule:
The full program is available for download here:
"Making Connections" Conference Program
The Society arranged for the registration of panel participants. Registration fees for all others were as follows:
Regular Member Conference Registration Fee: $150
Student Member Conference Registration Fee: $100
Banquet-only Fee (for those only attending the banquet, not the conference): $75
Paid registration included lunch both days, a complimentary reception Thursday
evening in the Library, and a banquet on Saturday evening.
The Society negotiated a conference rate for a bloc of rooms at the following hotel:
Comfort Suites Sarasota
5690 Honore Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34233
There are two airports that serve Sarasota:
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ): This is the closer of the two airports.
Tampa International Airport (TPA): Tampa often has cheaper flights. It is approximately one hour by car from Sarasota.
Local Ground Transportation:
The Society arranged for a bus to transport conference attendees to and from the Comfort Suites hotel and the Eide Library each day. The bus also transported the group to the banquet on Saturday evening. The hotel is about a ten-minute drive from the library.
There are a number of attractions in Sarasota that might interest visitors. Information on these is available through:
Please address inquiries about
the conference to the following address:
Most recently updated: 11/27/2016