BRASA XV Postponed


Dear Participants in the XV International Conference of the Brazilian Studies Association:

On Friday, March 6, the University of Texas at Austin informed BRASA officers that the City of Austin had declared a local state of disaster due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. Given the public health concerns and breadth of international attendees slated to attend BRASA XV (2020), as well as those traveling from throughout the United States, the BRASA Executive Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the conference. We are currently exploring whether or not we can hold it at the University of Texas in the fall of 2020 or the spring of 2021. We are also deciding the best way to deal with reimbursement for registration fees. As soon as we have a new date for BRASA XV, we will let you know about our plans and how to how we will handle conference fee reimbursements. We appreciate your understanding in this matter. The Executive Committee firmly believes that the health and safety of our members is our highest priority.

Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, President
Marcelo Paixão, Vice President
Sidney Chalhoub, Vice President-elect
Bryan McCann, Immediate Past-President
James N. Green, Executive Director, 2015-2020
Christopher J. Dunn, Executive Director, 2020-2024
University of Texas BRASA XV Organizing Committee
BRASA Executive Committee


Prezados Participantes do XV Congresso Internacional da Associação de Estudos Brasileiros

Na última sexta-feira, dia 6 de março, a Universidade do Texas em Austin informou aos coordenadores da BRASA que a Prefeitura de Austin havia declarado estado de emergência em resposta ao surto do coronavirus de 2020 (COVID-19). Devido a preocupações com a saúde pública e a extensão do número de participantes internacionais inscritos no congresso BRASA XV (2020), bem como daqueles que estariam viajando das mais diversas regiões nos Estados Unidos, o Comitê Executivo da BRASA tomou a difícil decisão de adiar o congresso. No momento, estamos explorando a viabilidade de sediar o congresso na Universidade do Texas, ainda no segundo semestre deste ano, ou no primeiro semestre de 2021. Além disso, estamos discutindo a melhor forma de reembolsar o pagamento das taxas de inscrição. Assim que tivermos uma nova data do congresso BRASA XV, informaremos sobre nossas deliberações e como iremos proceder com os reembolsos. Agradecemos sua compreensão sobre essa questão. O Comitê Executivo está firmemente convencido de que a saúde e a segurança dos membros da BRASA são nossa mais alta prioridade.

Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, Presidenta
Marcelo Paixão, Vice-Presidente
Sidney Chalhoub, Vice-President eleito
Bryan McCann, Presidente Anterior
James N. Green, Diretor Executivo, 2015-2020
Christopher J. Dunn, Diretor Executivo, 2020-2024
Comitê Organizador da BRASA XV da Universidade de Texas
Comitê Executivo da BRASA

The final program for BRASA XV can be accessed here. We are not currently accepting any changes.

A versão final do programa de BRASA XV pode ser achada aqui. Não estamos aceitando atualmente mais mudanças ao programa.


Rates of registration are as follows and the deadline to register is February 1, 2020. To pay, if you have not already registered, please login as a member and click on “Congress Registration”:

As taxas de inscrição estão embaixo e o prazo para se inscrever e 1 de fevereiro de 2020. Para pagar, se ainda não se inscreveu, favor de fazer o login como afiliado e clicar no “Congress Registration”:

US / Canadian / European Rates

Category Pre-registration Regular registration
Registration Dates January 01, 2019 – November 01, 2019 November 02, 2019 – February 01, 2020
Faculty USD 140 USD 180
Independent Scholar USD 100 USD 120
Student USD 70 USD 90

Brazilian / Developing Country Rates

Category Pre-registration Regular registration
Registration Dates January 01, 2019 – November 01, 2019 November 02, 2019 – February 01, 2020
Faculty USD 100 USD 140
Independent Scholar USD 60 USD 80
Student USD 40 USD 60

The deadline to be refunded for registration if you cannot attend is March 1, 2020. After this date, no refunds will be issued.

O prazo de reembolso para a inscrição se não puder comparecer na BRASA será 1 de março de 2020. Depois dessa data, reembolsos não serão efetuados.


JOIN US FOR BRASA XV at The University of Texas at Austin

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and the LLILAS Benson Brazil Center

LLILAS Benson is a partnership between the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. LLILAS boasts 60 affiliated Brazilianist faculty across campus, whose work spans disciplines from anthropology to zoology, journalism to cultural studies, education to social inequalities, and beyond. The Benson Latin American Collection houses over 60 archival collections of Brazilian materials, including documents of political movements, photography collections, art, concrete poetry, musicology, and cinema.

Other gems on the UT Austin campus include the Harry Ransom Center, a world-famous humanities research library and museum; the Blanton Museum of Art, one of the foremost university art institutions in the United States; and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, official library of the 37th US president.

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  • Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America
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Contact regarding inquiries about UT Austin and local arrangements
Contact regarding the call for proposals, submission process and conference program


Hotel Information for Austin, Texas, for March 25-30, 2020:

Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake, 20 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78701, $180.00 per night, 20 rooms reserved

Cancellation policy: 24 hours
Use this reservation link and enter code BSA:
Deadline: March 5, 2020

Guild Hotels

Cancellation policy: One week in advance

Use this reservation link and enter code BRASA2020 :
Deadline: March, 8, 2020

Guild City Center, 421 W. 3rd street Austin, TX 78701, $269.00 per night, 30 rooms reserved

Guild Lavaca Street, 201 Lavaca Street Austin, TX 78701, $249.00 per night, 31 rooms reserved

Guild East 6th at Corazon, 1017 E 6th street Austin, TX 78702, $199.00 per night, 41 rooms reserved

Guild Red River, 901 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701, $209.00 per night, 26 rooms reserved