Victoria Langland

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Victoria Langland

Associate Professor

Office Location(s): 1658 Haven Hall
Phone: 734.763.4624

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Romance Languages
  • Fields of Study
    • Latin America, especially Brazil and the Southern Cone
    • dictatorships and the politics of memory
    • student and other social movements
    • gender history
    • the 1960s
  • About

    Victoria Langland holds a joint position in History and Romance Languages and Literatures.  She specializes in twentieth-century Latin American history, especially the Southern Cone, and writes about dictatorships, gender, the uses of memory, student and other social movements, and, more generally, the intersections of culture and power. She is the author of Speaking of Flowers: Student Movements and the Making and Remembering of 1968 in Military Brazil (Duke University Press, 2013) and the co-editor of Monumentos, Memoriales y Marcas Territoriales (Siglo XXI, 2003).  She also co-edits the journal The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture and is co-editing an updated version of The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics (under contract, Duke University Press). Langland currently has two ongoing research projects.  One examines the construction and development of several model communities in Rio de Janeiro via the Alliance for Progress in order to explore the flow of transnational ideas about the urban poor and their material impact.  The other is a history of breastfeeding in Brazil that looks at how cultural understandings, public policies, formula marketing and other factors have transformed popular beliefs and practices about infant nutrition and women’s bodies over time.  Before coming to the University of Michigan, she was on the faculty at the University of California, Davis and at Lafayette College.

    Selected Publications:
    Speaking of Flowers: Student Movements and the Making and Remembering of 1968 in Military Brazil (Duke University Press, 2013)
    Monumentos, Memoriales y Marcas Territoriales, co-edited with Elizabeth Jelin (Siglo XXI, 2003)

    “Coming Home to Praia de Flamengo: The Once and Future National Student Union Headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.” In Telling Ruins in Latin America, eds. Michael J. Lazzara and Vicky Unruh. Palgrave Macmillan (2009): 219-228.

    “Birth Control Pills and Molotov Cocktails: Reading Sex and Revolution in 1968 Brazil.” In In from the Cold: Latin America’s New Encounter with the Cold War, eds. Gilbert M. Joseph and Daniela Spenser. Durham: Duke University Press (2008): 308-349.

    “Il est Interdite d’Interdire: The Transnational Experience of 1968 in Brazil.” Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe, Vol 17, N°1 (2006).

    “Where the Past Seeks the Future: Sculpture, Memory and ‘Never Again.’” Sculpture Review IV:4 (2006).

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Yale University, 2004