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Academic and cultural institutions

Web links and brief descriptions of academic and cultural organisations.

Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), Miami University, Oxford, Ohio Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
The Central Eurasian Studies Society is a private, non-political, non-profit, North America-based organization of scholars interested in the study of Central Eurasia, and its history, languages, cultures, and modern states and societies. It defines the Central Eurasian region broadly to include Turkic, Mongolian, Iranian, Caucasian, Tibetan and other peoples. Geographically, Central Eurasia extends from the Black Sea region, the Crimea, and the Caucasus in the west, through the Middle Volga region, Central Asia and Afghanistan, and on to Siberia, Mongolia and Tibet in the east. The CESS's purpose is to promote high standards of research and teaching, and to foster communication among scholars through meetings and publications. It works to facilitate interaction among senior, established scholars, junior scholars, graduate students, and independent scholars in North America and throughout the world. It holds an Annual Conference, and coordinate panels at various conferences relevant to Central Eurasian studies. The Society also works to promote the publication of peer-reviewed scholarship and other information essential to the development of knowledge in this field.

Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Bloomington Campus, Indiana University
Associated institutions: Inner Asia and Uralic Resource Center (IAUNRC), Denis Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies (SRIFIAS), Center for the Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR). Central Eurasia, the home of some of the world's greatest art, epic literature, and empires, is the vast heartland of Europe and Asia extending from Central Europe to East Asia and from Siberia to the Himalayas. The Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University took its present name in 1993. It was founded as an Army Specialized Training Program for Central Eurasian languages in 1943, then formally organized as the Program in Uralic and Altaic Studies (from 1956 to 1965) and later the Department of Uralic and Altaic Studies (from 1965 to 1993). The Department has long been one of the world's leading centers of academic expertise on Central Eurasia.

ESCAS. The European Society for Central Asian Studies, Leiden
In 1985 a group of scholars from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Great Britain and Denmark working within Central Asian Studies decided to establish informal cooperation to promote joint research and interdisciplinary studies among European scholars on Central Asia. The Utrecht University, Department of Oriental Languages and Cultures, took the initiative to organise the first and founding conference of ESCAS, inviting scholars from Central Asia. Its immediate purpose was to define the geographic area of Central Asia. It was agreed to include the Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan as well as adjacent areas of Mongolia, Northern Iran, Northern Afghanistan and North-Western China. A primary reason for establishing ESCAS was to give Central Asian Studies the status of a separate research field in its own right, independent of Soviet and Eastern European studies, to establish research links with disciplines working within the same historical and cultural continuum in adjacent areas, and to create opportunities for direct cooperation between scholars of the former Soviet Central Asia and scholars in adjacent areas. It was agreed to hold conferences in order to maintain and develop European research cooperation and an exchange of information.

Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
A National Resource Center promoting in-depth interdisciplinary study of all major postcommunist subregions - Eastern and Central Europe, the Baltic region, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and Russia - in order to understand the legacies of the imperial and communist past as well as to analyze the emerging institutions and identities that will shape Eurasia's future. This mission, which flows naturally out of Professor Ellison's longstanding commitment to building long-term, sustainable networks of cooperation with the diverse peoples of the region, is strongly and actively supported by the UW administration.

Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), Istanbul
IRCICA is an international institution active in the fields of research, publishing, documentation and information. Its mandate covers multifarious themes in the fields of the history of Muslim nations, history of arts and sciences in Islam, and other subject areas in Islamic culture and civilisation. By means of these activities, IRCICA aims at studying and better introducing the Islamic culture and civilisation throughout the world and acting as a catalyst for research and cooperation in these areas to promote mutual understanding between Muslims and with other nations and cultures of the world.

Area Study Centre(Russia, China & Central Asia),
A department and institution dedicated to spreading knowledge of the land and people of Central Asia. It publishes a bi-annual journal Central Asia.

Central Eurasian Studies Worldwide. Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
A Road Map for Central Eurasian Studies throughout the World: «Central Eurasian Studies World Wide» gives a broad perspective on what is being done in all disciplines and all countries.

  • A Wealth of Information: Behind the "Front Page" of «CESEWW», there are hundreds of pages of information -- now, about 7MB of data and steadily growing -- accessible to anyone anywhere.
  • A Network of Related Information Resources: «CESWW» is not only a website, but an integrated network of information gathering and distributing functions, including list servers such as the Central-Eurasia-L Announcement List for Central Eurasian Studies, and the reference publications such as the Guide to Scholarly Resources for the study of Central Asia.
  • A Practical Tool: «CESWW» assists students and scholars in the training, information-gathering and the logistical tasks essential for to study the region.
  • A Means to Integrate the Field and Build Community: «CESWW» puts members of the world wide scholarly community in touch with one another and with those who need their knowledge.

BACSA, an association dedicated to the preservation of European cemetries and recording the history of European life in South Asia - produces a lively but serious journal plus numerous publications.

Asia House, London
Asia House is a dynamic focal point for people to meet and exchange ideas, a ‘must visit’ centre for all who have an interest in developing their contacts and understanding of business as well as diplomatic and cultural interaction between Asia and Britain. It was founded in London in 1996.

The Royal Asiatic Society, London
The Royal Asiatic Society was founded in 1823 by the eminent Sanskrit scholar Henry Colebrooke and a group of like-minded individuals. In the same year, it received its Royal Charter from King George IV 'for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia'. The Society provides a forum for those who are interested in the history, languages, cultures and religions of Asia to meet and exchange ideas. It offers lectures and seminars and provides facilities for research and publishing.The library contains books and journals on a wide variety of subjects concerning Asia.

Asia Society, New York
Asia Society is the leading global organisation working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. It seeks to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts, and culture. Established in New York in 1956, Asia Society is a non-partisan, non-profit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Seoul, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.

Cambridge Central Asian Forum, Cambridge U.K.
Cambridge Central Asia Forum, an interdisciplinary research centre brings together scholars from arts and humanities, social, natural and biological sciences to conduct research and to study and aid development in Central Asia. It also serves as a coordinating body for research in reference to the Central Asia Region, Afghanistan and the Caucasus. The Forum sees the promotion of bilateral academic relations between the region and the UK as part of its primary purpose. This implies gathering and disseminating information about existing activities both within the region and in the UK, and making this information accessible to a wider population.

Central Eurasian Studies Worldwide. Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program form a joint transatlantic research and policy center. It has offices in Washington and Stockholm, and is affiliated with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and the Institute for Security and Development Policy. The first of its kind, it is today firmly established as a leading center for research and policy worldwide, serving a large and diverse community of analysts, scholars, policy-watchers, business leaders and journalists.

Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia), Canberra
The Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies (Middle East & Central Asia) forms part of the ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences at The Australian National University and is Australia’s premier location for studies in this field, with a high international standing and links with its major counterparts in the Arab & Muslim world, as well as in North America and Europe. It integrates the study of Middle Eastern and Central Asian contemporary politics, history, culture, political economy, economics, and the religion of Islam within the broader framework of the changing global order. It fosters the study of the region’s most relevant languages of Arabic, Persian and Turkish and focuses on issues pertinent to Australia's interests in, and the development of its commercial, scientific and industrial ties with these areas.