Welcome to the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
In recognition of the School’s long-standing interest in the region and its potential as a UK centre of excellence, the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus was founded in 2001 as one of the regional centres of SOAS, University of London.
The principal role of the Centre is to promote, coordinate and disseminate information relating to, the academic study of Central Asia and the Caucasus across the disciplines and to act as a resource for academic, governmental, non-governmental and business constituencies with an interest in Central Asia and the Caucasus. It does so through the research and publications of its staff, new teaching programmes, an established seminar series and special events.
Constitution of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
SOAS currently hosts a multi-disciplinary team of scholars working on Central Asia and the Caucasus, the largest grouping in any single institution in the U.K. and Europe.
Alongside those engaged in the study of contemporary problems of post-Soviet transition, there is a broader grouping of scholars involved in the study of neighbouring areas (Iran and Afghanistan) and the archaeology, religion, linguistics, pre-history and history of Central Asia and the Caucasus, lending breadth and depth to the study of the region.
The Centre also hosts research associates and visiting scholars who are working on projects relevant to the Centre.
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