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Research Environment

Research at Fames

FAMES research is unified by a commitment to approaching the study of Asia and North Africa through indigenous languages, in written and oral form, creating an emphasis on languages, literatures and cultures, both past and present. Within this framework our research shows great variety from the disciplinary and geographic perspectives. Historians, anthropologists, linguists and literature specialists work alongside each other to generate a rich and diverse research environment looking at China, Japan, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

Library and archival resources

Faculty library

The Faculty library contains around 70,000 monograph volumes and around 180 current journals. It is primarily an English and European language collection for teaching, but it also contains numerous publications in the various Asian and Middle Eastern languages taught in the Faculty.


Cambridge University Library

The University Library is a legal deposit (copyright) library and has one of the largest open access collections in Europe. Acquisitions specialists complement the collection with selected purchases of overseas and foreign-language material including electronic resources. The UL also houses several major collections in all the ancient and modern Asian languages taught in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

College libraries

College libraries are mainly teaching libraries. However, especially the libraries of the old Colleges often have impressive collections of books and manuscripts.


    Affiliated institutions and research groups