The 13th International Congress of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) will take place between March 31 and April 2, 2016 at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. The Congress program will include academic panels, invited speakers, plenary sessions, and cultural activities.


Guidelines for Proposals


BRASA Accepts Two Types of Proposals


(1) Individual papers, which in the case of acceptance, will be assigned by the program committee to a panel with similar topic.


(2) Complete panels, for which all participants are already included in the initial proposal. Besides the regular presenters, a panel may also include the following roles:


Chair (required) – Someone who leads the panel and who is responsible for communicating with Congress organization. The chair may or may not present a paper in the panel.


Moderator (optional) – Someone who will discuss the presentations by the end of the panel. The moderator should not be one of the presenters in the panel.


Each panel will last for about 2 hours, and should include at least 30 minutes for discussion immediately following the presentations.

BRASA suggests panels to have four or five papers. Panels with fewer participants may have other individual papers added to it by the committee. Panels with 5 or more papers are suggested to be divided into multiple panels.All proposals must be submitted through the portal


The Program Committee will not consider proposals submitted in any other format. Please check the step-by-step instructions for single paper and for panel submissions.


Each participant may submit only one proposal and present only one paper in the Congress. However, a participant can also serve as chair or moderator in different panels.


Participants do not need to be BRASA members in order to submit a proposal; however, if their paper is accepted, they have to become a member and register for the event for attending the Congress.


To become a member of BRASA or to renew your membership, please visit


The Program Committee will give preference to complete panel proposals with participants from different universities and that have an interdisciplinary focus.


The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2015.


In case of questions, please contact BRASA secretariat at