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.
- the acquisition, cataloguing and provision of printed and digital literature of the autochthonous peoples of Central Asia and Siberia.
- the construction of the "Web Archive Central Asia" in cooperation with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Chicago by using theArchive.Itservice.
- national and international research network: our Memoranda of Understanding and joint projects
- What have we achieved so far? Activity overview 03/2019 - 03/2021 here
- 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.
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 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.