Call for Nominations Open for 2020 BRASA Lifetime Contribution Award

BRASA’s Lifetime Contribution Award (LCA) recognizes a leader in the field of Brazilian studies with both a record of outstanding scholarly achievement and significant contributions to the promotion of Brazilian studies in the United States. It is awarded every two years, corresponding with the BRASA International Conference.

Call for Nominations for the BRASA Lifetime Contribution Award

The Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the BRASA Lifetime Contribution Award. We invite members of the Brazilian studies community to submit their nominations for the eighth recipient of this prestigious award, which will be presented at the BRASA XV International Conference, to be held at University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, March 26-28, 2020.

Reflecting the primary mission of BRASA, the goal of this award is to recognize an individual with both a record of outstanding scholarly achievement and significant contributions to the promotion of Brazilian studies in the United States. The BRASA Executive Committee especially wishes to emphasize the criterion of lifetime contributions.

Nominees can be from any discipline or nationality but must have spent the greater part of their career involved in U.S.-based Brazilian studies activities. Nominees need not be members of BRASA.

Nominations will be reviewed by a BRASA award committee and voted on by the BRASA Executive Committee. The recipient will be announced before BRASA XV in 2020. The recipient will also be invited to address the Congress. The BRASA vice president will present the recipient with a plaque of appreciation.

Nominations should consist of one substantial letter of recommendation outlining the accomplishments and contributions of the individual; a CV; and a list of five references prepared to provide additional letters, if necessary. Materials can be either in English or Portuguese. One nomination per individual is sufficient. No self-nominations or posthumous nominees will be accepted.

Please email nomination materials to the chair of the committee, Professor Tianna Paschel, at by October 1, 2019.


Tianna Paschel
Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Executive Committee Member, BRASA
Chair, BRASA Lifetime Contribution Award Committee

Bryan McCann
Professor of History, Chair of Department of History, Georgetown University
Former President, BRASA

Leila Lehnen

Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Chair of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University
Executive Committee Member, BRASA


Past Winners:

2018: Anthony Seeger
2016: Jon M. Tolman
2014: Maxine Margolis
2012: Richard Graham
2010: Werner Baer
2008: Gregory Rabassa
2006: Thomas Skidmore


The BRASA Executive Committee is delighted to present the 2018 Lifetime Contribution Award to Anthony Seeger, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology at UCLA and Director Emeritus, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. First nominated in 2015, during the last nomination cycle, we believe that it is now time to recognize Professor Seegers’s extraordinary contributions as a professor, archivist, record producer, administrator, and activist to Brazilian Studies. He is best known for his ethnographic and musicological research with the Kĩsêdjê (formerly known as Suyá) people of northern Mato Grosso, which yielded dozens of articles and book chapters, several recordings, a DVD, and several books, including the award-winning Why the Suyá Sing: A Musical Anthropology of an Amazonian People (Cambrige UP, 1987). During his early teaching career at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro (1975-82), he played a leading role in the development of ethnomusicology in Brazil, while also advocating for indigenous rights during the period of abertura. Since 1982, his institutional career has been based in the United States, first as a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University, then as Curator of the Folkways Collection & Director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings starting in 1988, and finally as Professor of Ethnomusicology at UCLA from 2000-2012. The four letters of support received attest to his deep impact and lasting legacy as a teacher and mentor to graduate students trained in Brazil and the US. In addition to his outstanding accomplishments as a scholar, teacher, and administrator, the committee found his nomination compelling for additional considerations pertaining to discipline, area specialization, and professional trajectory. Professor Seeger is the first ethnomusicologist and the first scholar of Amazonian/Indigenous Brazil to receive this distinction from BRASA.



Victoria Langland
Associate Professor of History; Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Michigan
Executive Committee Member, BRASA
Chair, BRASA Lifetime Contribution Award Committee

Christopher Dunn,
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Portuguese, Professor of Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies, Tulane University
Executive Committee Member, BRASA

Ana Lucia Araujo,
Professor of History, Howard University
Executive Committee Member, BRASA