Central Asia & Siberia Specialized Information Service

"Central Asia - Autochthonous Cultures and Languages"

The Central Asia & Siberia (CASSIB) Specialized Information Service "Central Asia - Autochthonous Cultures and Languages", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), provides literature and information on the autochthonous peoples of Central Asia and Siberia on a supra-regional basis since January 1st, 2019. We address scholars in the Humanities and Cultural Studies who deal with Central Asia and Siberia.

We are specialized in

Our focus

  • Linguistics (Altaic and Paleoasiatic Languages)
  • Ethnology (Social and Cultural Anthropology) of Central Asia and Siberia, also in historical perspective 
  • Literature and Literary Studies in and on the autochthonous languages of the following regions:  Central Asian Republics, Sinkiang (Xinjiang), Siberia, and of the Mongolian peoples


The aim of the Central Asia and Siberia (CASSIB) Specialized Information Center is to collect information from cultural sciences and the humanities on indigenous peoples of Central Asia and Siberia and to offer it central and freely accessible on a supra-regional level. 
We want to actively support research in and on these regions by developing networks and by offering up-to-date and transparent information.

Coordination and Synergies with other Specialized Information Services

The development of the  Specialized Information Service system means increasing entanglements of regional areas, as geographical lines are defined, but cultural, religious or linguistic extensions cross these lines. The Central Asia  Specialized Information Service works closely in the FID Network Asia with the following Asia-related Specialized Information Service , in order to ensure increased interoperability of the services while ensuring its own areas of responsibility (see above; here especially literature in the autochthonous languages).

FID Asien (Shared groups: Mongols and Uighurs in China)
FID Ost-, Ostmittel- und Südosteuropa (Shared area: Siberia)
FID Nahost-, Nordafrika- und Islamstudien (Shared focus: Turcic Peoples of Middle Asia)

Overview of all Specialized Information Services in German libraries.