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 UK 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 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.


The Centres and Institutes Office oversees the administration of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus. For further information about any event, or to propose a talk, contact the Centres and Institutes Office team.

The Centres and Institutes office is open Monday to Thursday from 10:00am to 4:30pm

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If you would like to be added to the CCCAC email distribution list please send an e-mail to centres@soas.ac.uk stating the Centre you wish to join, your email address and your First Name and Surname.

Once you have joined the list you will receive emails informing you of seminars and events organised by the Centre, and news from other academic institutions that may be of interest to you.

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
c/o Centres and Institutes Office
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

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