Minha proposta foi a de que fizéssemos um balanço da produção brasilianista. Depois de algum esforço e muito trabalho de revisão, acabou dando certo, e desse processo resultaram dois livros, que informo aqui:
Espero que dessa reunião europeia possa emergir algo semelhante.
Paulo Roberto de Almeida
European Brazilianists Meet to Discuss Establishing a Network
On Saturday, August 23, during the XII BRASA conference at King’s College London, Anthony Pereira, BRASA’s in-coming President and Director of King’s Brazil Institute, convened a meeting attended by 40 scholars working on Brazil in Europe.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how to strengthen and expand Brazilian Studies in Europe. James N. Green and Ramon Stern from Brown University and former BRASA President Timothy Power from Oxford University were among those present. Scholars from Great Britain, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, and France attended the meeting.
During the discussion James Green emphasized that over the last decade BRASA has encouraged the formation of a network, group, or association of people working on Brazil in Europe. There was general enthusiasm for establishing closer connections among scholars initially through a listserve and later though a website. It was reported that a small conference of Brazilianists has been planned for 2015 in Budapest, and this might be an opportunity to have further discussions about different proposals.
Another academic event on Brazil in Denmark in March 2015 is an additional chance for further discussions. It was suggested that people in Europe might wish to organize a European conference in odd numbered years so as not to conflict with the BRASA conferences.
BRASA representatives offered their enthusiastic support for the project. The meeting came up with the name ABRE (Association of Brazilianists in Europe) as a possible name for the new organization. After the meeting, scholars from Italy, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Denmark met to serve as an ad-hoc committee to carry out the proposals made in the meeting. This ad hoc committee will meet in March to set up a preliminary “mission, goals and objectives statement”, as well as the structure of an executive committee, both to be approved and voted by those who will register to the Association.
For more information, contact: Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho, King’s College, Brazil Insitute, London: email@example.com, who is participating on the ad-hoc committee.