For a list of previous and upcoming professional meetings, please see our Conferences and Workshop Schedules page on our website.



The Elling O. Eide Center Research Library and Preserve in Sarasota, Florida invites proposals for conferences, workshops, and professional meetings related to the culture, history, and literature of China, Inner Asia, or greater East Asia before 1500 CE. The objective of the Elling Eide Center’s academic programming is to sponsor professional meetings and scholarly collaborations related to early Chinese humanities that do not always receive financial support from institutions of higher education and grant funders. Proposals are welcome from all disciplinary backgrounds and research topics,

Selected proposals will receive funding up to $20,000 USD for participant travel, transportation, lodging, meals, and incidentals, based on the organizer’s budget needs. Priority will be given to professional meetings that produce a tangible scholarly product, such as an edited volume, special issue of a journal, scholarly translations, or instructional material. We also encourage applications that emphasize institutional diversity among participants and meetings that include graduate students and their research.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted at least six months prior to the proposed dates of the meeting. Applications will normally be reviewed within one month.


Situated on a beautiful 72-acre waterfront preserve on Little Sarasota Bay, the Center’s research library includes a spacious lecture hall accommodating up to 60 people and smaller meeting rooms configurable for 20 people. WIFI is available throughout the facility. The Center also has a large kitchen as well as indoor and outdoor seating areas suitable for receptions, meals, and breaks. Lodging is available on site free of charge for up to five participants, subject to availability.

The library itself houses more than 60,000 volumes covering every period of Chinese history from ancient times to the modern era and an extensive collection of more than 300 scholarly journals from around the world. Areas of concentration include medieval China from the fourth through tenth centuries, pre-modern peoples and languages of Central and Inner Asia, and poetry of the Tang Dynasty, a field in which Elling O. Eide made a significant and lasting scholarly mark. Holdings are in Chinese, Uyghur, English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German, and French.

For further information, please contact:
Harold G. Mitchell-

Please include the following information in a single PDF document. All items are required. Please submit your application directly to

Today’s Date
Proposed Event Start Date
Proposed Event End Date
Please list at least one alternative set of dates.

Conference Title
Name of the organizer(s): position, organization, contact information.
Organizer’s Street Address, including city, state, country, and postal code
Contact phone number
Contact email
Please submit a short CV of the principal organizer (institutional affiliations, positions held, and publications)

List of proposed participants: names, institutions, and topic of presentation or title of paper.
Workshop/conference Details: Planned length, format, and structure of the meeting, including proposed schedule of presentations
What size meeting spaces do you need: lecture room or smaller meeting rooms?
Goals and objectives of the conference/workshop.
Please include any plans for publication or circulation of the results to a wider audience.

Please list any additional funding sources and whether they been secured? If not, when you will be notified?
Provide an itemized conference budget.

Please Note: A final report will be expected after the completion of all approved conferences.