On the 25th January Professor Pashayeva, Chair of the Trustees of the British Foundation for the Study of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus (BFSAC) launched the foundation at the V&A Museum in London. The event was attended by the foundation’s trustees; Lord Bruce, Professor Robert Hoyland, Professor Robert Gleave and Professor Andrew Peacock, together with many of Professor Pashayeva’s colleagues from the Oxford University, which included Professor Edmund Herzig the director of the Nizami Ganjavi Centre at Oxford. The Nizami Ganjavi Programme (http://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/research/nizami-ganjavi/home , which represents Azerbaijan in Oxford University has been running for almost 4 years.
There were many Azerbaijani distinguished guests at the event, Mr. Gordon Birrell from BP with members of his team, business groups from Azerbaijan and Lord and Lady German Co-Chair, of the London Society and Professor Pashayeva thanked them all for coming. There were around 150 guests in total.
The BFSAC has been formed to fund and raise awareness for the range of academic and cultural ventures in the United Kingdom related to the Caucasus. The foundation wants to raise funding to help award two annual graduate scholarships currently offered on a limited basis through the Oriental Institute’s Nizami Ganjavi Programme, for students of all backgrounds and nationalities, hoping to pursue studies related to the regional at Oxford University.
The foundation also introduced the audience to their wider aims and activities which included new historic work in the regions; Dr. Paul Wordsworth, from Oxford University talked about the findings of ongoing archaeological expeditions at Barda, the ancient capital of Caucasian Albania which he is leading. At the end of the evening, the foundation also showcased the regions culture through a mugham performance and a violin solo.
A copy of Professor Pashayeva’s speech on the evening can be downloaded on this page: www.anglo-azerbaijani-society.com/bfsac/
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