Victoria Livingstone

Victoria Livingstone is a translator, writer and visiting research associate at Furman University. Her research focuses on how political, social and economic factors influence the ways in which literary texts are translated.

Overcoming Partisanship in America: My Neighbor's Voice

Jun 09, 2017

In today’s divisive political climate, in-person community building may prove key in tempering the fierce partisanship in America. In response to the vitriolic rhetoric that currently dominates political conversations, a number of initiatives have emerged that seek to pull people out of their echo chambers to engage with others who hold opposing...

America's Great Social Media Divide

Jan 20, 2017

Evading discussion with our neighbors while taking refuge in our echo chambers contributes to the problems facing America. Recently, the prevalence of divisive rhetoric and the polarizing effects of online platforms have spurred calls for greater empathy in political discourse. Some people have suggested solutions such as urging Facebook to...

Social Inequality in Brazil: The People, Politics and the World Cup

Jun 07, 2014

Brazilians are unified in their frustration with the government before the World Cup. On May 20, bus drivers in São Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, went on strike, closing 11 major terminals and leaving many people stranded. The newspaper A Folha ran a headline that stated: “Protest Hurts the People and Not the Big...

Google, Duolingo and the Problems of Internet Translation

Mar 28, 2014

Duolingo's push to "translate the web" is not as straightforward as it seems. Luis von Ahn, creator of the reCAPTCHA verification system that helps digitalize books, has set out to "translate the web into every major language." In this TED talk, he reminds us the Internet is fragmented into multiple languages...

Brazil and the Exportation of Culture

Oct 01, 2012

The movement of literature across national and linguistic borders often reflects and reinforces global power dynamics. The fact that Brazil is promoting its national literature at the same time as it emerges as an economic force is not a coincidence. Earlier this year the Brazilian government announced that it would...