Welcome to the website of The Oxford Society for the Caspian and Central Asia (TOSCCA)

TOSCCA Home Page

Welcome to the website of The Oxford Society for the Caspian and Central Asia (TOSCCA).    TOSCCA was set up in the summer of 2003.   The Society's aims are to promote the study of historical and contemporary Central Asia in Oxford and to bring together visiting students and scholars from the region with their colleagues in Oxford University.   TOSCCA's area of interest encompasses the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia and Kazakhstan, as well as their relations with neighbouring countries and regions like Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, Azerbaijan and Xinjiang.

Since its establishment, TOSCCA has organised a variety of lectures, seminars and conferences in Oxford.  In planning these events, TOSCCA strives to keep a balance between, on the one hand, the region's history, languages, literature archaeology and arts and, on the other, contemporary political, economic and social issues relevant to the region and its neighbours.  For details of these and of planned future events, click on the events option in the menu.   Every university term TOSCCA also organises meetings for the society's members details of which are announced on this web-site in advance.

Membership to the Society is open to all citizens of the above-mentioned states visiting and studying in Oxford and to Oxford-based scholars and students of the region.   Our sponsors include St Antony's College, Oxford and The Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  

An important date for your diary is Friday 23 September 2011 - a conference entitled “Coercion or Empowerment? Official Anti - Veiling Campaigns in the Middle East and Central Asia” - St Antony's College, University of Oxford. For full details visit our Future Events page, or download a copy of the conference introduction.

Information about our recent events may still be inspected.

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