The Australian Centre for West and Central Asian Studies


The societies of West and Central Asia are in rapid transformation, on unpredictable paths, largely unrecognised from the outside. These transformations have already produced – and will continue to produce – profound effects both on the societies within the region itself and on many others around the world, including Australia.


Recent research has opened up new and fruitful perspectives regarding the development of knowledge about this region, allowing us to avoid essentialist views about the people and their situations. The “West-Central Asia” name avoids definitions based on religion, ethnicity, single culture to characterize these societies, thus stimulating better possibilities for understanding and interaction, both of which could be of great and enduring importance for Australian society, culture and economy.


The Centre aims to explore the opportunities arising from the rapid changes in the region and to facilitate exchanges in the fields of culture, education and business.