The Association for Central Asian Civilizations and Silk Road Studies (ACANSRS) is a private non-profit organization of scholars and others interested in the study of Central Asian civilizations and the Silk Road. The association aims to promote research on Central Asia from antiquity to modern times through sponsoring events, publications, film-making, and educational trips to the region.
ACANSRS takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Central Asia and the Silk Road. Fields of interest include history, linguistics, philology, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, musicology, art, and cultural studies.
ACANSRS’s area of interest, Central Asia, is comprised of both Eastern and Western Central Asia including Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan as well as Xinjiang, Mongolia, and Tibet. The Silk Road is broadly defined as the legendary trade routes across Eurasia that connected the great civilizations of Europe and Asia in antiquity.
ACANSRS is a Massachusetts nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of multidisciplinary research on Central Asia. ACANSRS has been recognized as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code since December 3, 2010, the date of its incorporation. Donations to organizations exempt under section 501(c)(3) are deductible from federal income tax.