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Lecture | Leiden Translation Talks

Unveiling Media Accessibility: From Research to Practice and Back

Wednesday 6 December 2023
Leiden Translation Talks
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden



Accessibility is a concept that typically brings to mind physical accommodations like ramps and lowered curbs for persons with mobility impairments. However, our understanding of accessibility extends far beyond. Just as diverse accommodations are required to make a building accessible, we need a range of services to ensure that everyone can engage with various forms of media, from films and theatre to museums and computer games, etc.

In this lecture, we will embark on a journey into the fascinating field of media accessibility. We will explore what media accessibility entails and gain insights into how it operates in practice. Beyond the basics, we will investigate the intricacies of making various forms of media inclusive for individuals with a wide range of abilities, focusing especially on those with visual and impairments.

We will delve into the contemporary landscape of media accessibility, discussing the latest trends and ongoing research and professional practice. This lecture aims to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the significance of media accessibility, the strategies employed to achieve it, and the evolving nature of this field as it adapts to meet the diverse needs of modern audiences.

Anna Jankowska is an audiovisual translation and media accessibility researcher, trainer, and consultant, former audio describer, and access manager. She is now a research professor at of University of Antwerp. She is the founder and was the CEO of the Seventh Sense Foundation which provided access services in Poland. Her recent research projects include studies on audio description process, mobile accessibility and software.

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