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Laura Vidal

I am a Venezuelan trying to become a researcher in Education Sciences in France. I'm interested in cultural expressions through the 2.0 and how we can discover new horizons with people's stories. I deeply believe in the uniqueness and importance of every culture and in the study of them as a mirror to our own. I blog about about languages, literature, cultures, education and more at Crónicas lenguaraces, a blog with an evil twin hosted by Hypotheses.org in which I share fun stuff I find through my research.

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Latest posts by Laura Vidal

6 July 2016

The Radio Soap Opera That Revived a Genre and Put the Ecuadorian Lesbian Community on the Map

“Mariana Is So Lesbian” accomplishes several objectives: reviving a genre, advocating for lesbians' rights, and exploring the experiences of those who lived in Ecuador when homosexuality was still a crime.

23 June 2016

For a Short Time, Documentary ‘Humano’ Is Free to Watch Online in Celebration of the Incan Sun Festival

"Humano" follows the quest of a young man in search of answers about the human condition in the Peruvian Andes.

It Turns Out Venezuelan Women Don’t Appreciate Being Lectured by a High-Ranking Official’s Wife

When Diana D'Agostino disparaged the women supporting the government, calling them “poorly dressed, dirty, or walking around without makeup,” she doesn't seem to have anticipated the public's response.

6 June 2016

Keys to Understanding the Political and Economic Crisis in Venezuela

"We are a divided, wounded country in conflict..."

23 May 2016

What Is Latin American Social Media Laughing at? One Critic Offers a Clue

"Having a good sense of humor is self-criticism, and these 'telepresidents,' which is what I call politicians who are obsessed with the screen, don’t accept any type of criticism."

17 May 2016

Protests and Looting Rock Venezuela as Public Chaos Spreads

With shortages rising and a political crisis brewing, many have voiced worries that Venezuela seems to be flirting with potential disaster.

17 April 2016

Ecuadorians Turn to Social Media as Powerful Earthquake Rattles the Country's Coast

"Some of my students there are in shock, they have no strength, they can't even speak [...] They say Pedernales is destroyed."

12 April 2016

Mexico’s ‘Feminist Library’ Aims to Offer Women Something New

With more than 9,000 followers, the "Library" defends responsible modes for disseminating information and provides a space for discussion and interaction for those concerned with gender equality.

5 April 2016

After Panama Papers Bombshell Drops, Latin Americans Laugh to Not Cry

Latin Americans are trying to make sense of the Panama Papers leaks the best way they know how: through humor.

8 March 2016

What More Do Latin American Women Want? Equality, Safety and Respect for Starters

"...we want to be able to travel alone without being killed, we want to be able to walk freely in the streets without fear..."

3 March 2016

Hugo Chávez's Fictional Transgender Sister Is Breaking Down Walls in Venezuela

Hugo Chávez's fictional transgender twin aims to challenge the former president's personal myth while putting Venezuela's LGBT community front and center.

14 February 2016

This Valentine's Day, a Crash Course in Thinking Critically About Love

Could Valentine's Day be a good date to think critically about love and its relationship with politics, social conventions, or even violence against women?

20 January 2016

A Venezuelan Digital Artist Defends LGBT Rights Despite Social and Political Censorship

Who's behind censorship and why? What happens when old social norms around gender are questioned? Danial Arzola, creator of the campaign 'I'm not a joke', answers these and other questions.

7 January 2016

A Revolution of Music and Poetry From Behind the Computer Screens of Nicaragua

Blogger Heydi Ortega argues that today's Nicaraguan youths are in a unique position, beset with a new generation's troubles, and poised for revolutionary actions, if they're willing.

6 January 2016

What Are the Challenges Facing Latin America in 2016?

Global Voices is asking its readers what they think the biggest stories in Latin America that we should be covering are. Write to us! Or even better, write for us!

30 November 2015

Sahand Sahebdivani: ‘The Main Thing That Storytelling Does Is It Makes You Human’

In the second part of this interview, Sahand Sahebdivani delves deeper into cultural encounters through stories and the way technology can bring us closer: ‘We’re constantly bombarded by people’s stories’.

23 November 2015

Amsterdam’s Sahand Sahebdivani and His Storytelling Phenomenon

In this two-part conversation with Global Voices, Sahand Sahebdivani talks about cultural encounters, female heroes in Persian mythology, the power of storytelling, and the idea of hybrids of cultural exchange.

15 November 2015

After the Paris Attacks: For It to Be Unity, It Can't Be Partial

The Bridge

"Scrolling up and down Facebook, reading impressions, testimonials, opinions, statistics, I see that the main victims of the attacks are people of all colours, and over 15 nationalities."

16 October 2015

Latin America and Spain Come Together on Columbus Day to Discuss Past and Present on Twitter

"In 1492 the indigenous peoples were expelled from their lands. In 2015, the same. There is still so much to do."

2 September 2015

Can Iranian TV Seduce Viewers in the Land of Telenovelas?

In an age when television offers intense melodramas produced domestically and abroad, can Iranian soap operas—packed with family values and little makeup—win a foreign audience?

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