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Making Connections:

Contemporary Approaches
to the Tang Dynasty

In Honor of the Opening
of the Elling O. Eide Library

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:

Conference Panels:

Friday, November 11, 2016 (Eide Library):


Opening Remarks

  • Anna M. Shields, President, T'ang Studies Society
  • Nicholas Williams, Editor, Tang Studies


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


Lunch Presentation:

“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


Conference Registration:

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.

Hotel Reservations:

The Society negotiated a conference rate for a bloc of rooms at the following hotel:


Comfort Suites Sarasota

5690 Honore Avenue

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 554-4475



Airline Transportation:


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.



Visiting Sarasota:


There are a number of attractions in Sarasota that might interest visitors. Information on these is available through:


Visit Sarasota County

Contact Us:

Please address inquiries about the conference to the following address:



Most recently updated: 11/27/2016