An idea to launch the Institute for British, American and Kartvelian (Georgian) interdisciplinary studies was discussed on a hot summer day in July 2018 between the Georgian founder Maia Nadareishvili and the British Professor Jeremy J. Ramsden. While considering twelve name options to pick the most meaningful and catchy one, the two promptly noticed the similarities between one of the abbreviations – BRAMS from 'Br(itain) + Am(erica) + S(akartvelo)' – and the last name of German composer and pianist, Johannes Brahms. Both being great admirers of classical music, decided on BRAMS Institute as a name for the new project.
Georgian Association for American Studies (GAAS) initiated many centres for American Studies throughout Georgia. Similarly, President of Georgian Association for American Studies, Professor Vasil Kacharava encouraged the birth of BRAMS Institute and supported with the first generous presents such as valuable books and journals about American studies.
BRAMS Institute has a small but relevantly built team of experienced professionals. Each professional has been into the British, American and/or Kartvelian (Georgian) studies for at least two decades, lecturing at the various Georgian universities, publishing monographs, submitting articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, and actively participating in international conferences.
BRAMS Institute has the leading experts who have been working on political and media recommendations to replace unnecessary or faulty stereotypes in favour of finding the best solutions for Georgia and the modern world, both unstable and shaking under circumstantial influences. Having the team members long into business, the new Institute has already gained significant interest and become the leading Georgian think tank on British, American and Kartvelian interdisciplinary studies in a reasonably short period of time, attracting local and international experts.
The team members of this non-profit institution are frequently questioned: what’s the catch for them to dedicate personal time and finances to something clearly unprofitable for their pockets? Put simply, they consider their activity profitable for their homeland. Like American politician Alan Autry has put it, ‘Leadership requires the courage to make decisions that will benefit the next generation’. This is the motivation of the Institute team. The BRAMS’s researchers have already made a couple of butterfly effects. The best is yet to come. It is a long and hard way to go but academic researchers enjoy new challenges.