JOIN US FOR BRASA XV at The University of Texas at Austin, home of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and the LLILAS Benson Brazil Center.

The Brazilian Studies Association, or BRASA, is an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars who support and promote Brazilian studies in all fields, especially in the humanities and social sciences. BRASA is dedicated to the promotion of Brazilian studies around the world in general, and in the United States in particular.

BRASA organizes an international conference on Brazilian studies every other year. The most recent conference, BRASA XIV, took place at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro on July 25-28, 2018.

BRASA currently has more than 600 members in the United States, Brazil, Europe, and many other Latin American countries. The organization is funded through the dues of its members and general support from the Brazil Initiative and the Office of the Provost at Brown University in Providence, RI, where the Secretariat is currently located.

BRASA at UT Austin

The University of Texas at Austin boasts two of the most important and recognized Latin American Studies institutions in the world—the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS). Working in partnership as LLILAS Benson, the two organizations work to raise awareness of issues affecting Latin America and US Latina/o communities through scholarly resources, research, international collaboration, and public programming.

The UT Austin campus is also home to other gems, such as the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum of international renown; the Blanton Museum of Art, one of the foremost university art institutions in the United States with an extensive collection of Latin American art; and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, official library of the 37th US president.

Did you know? 

  • Austin has more live music and musicians per capita than almost anywhere else, from blues to two-step to conjunto, and not a few Brazilian-music bands
  • Austin’s restaurant and food-truck scene boasts fabulous offerings, from barbecue to breakfast tacos, ceviche to banh-mi, and more
  • Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America
  • Austin was voted best US city to live in on multiple occasions . . . Come find out what the hoopla is all about!

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