Organisers: TransMedia Catalonia, CAIAC, ADLAB project.

Lifelong Learning Programme

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13 March 2013

08:30-09:00 Registration

09:00-09:15 Welcome address (P. Orero, UAB)

09:15-10:00 KEYNOTE LECTURE by Prof. Christopher Taylor (University of Trieste, Italy). The ADLAB Project. Chairperson: Federico Spoletti (SUB-TI).

10:00-11:00 THEORETICAL APPROACHES I.  Chair: Aline Remael.

  • Bernd Benecke (Bayerischer Rundfunk, Germany). The Description Machine – How The Audio Description Evolution Model Adem  Supports The Describer In His Daily Work.
  • Andrew Duchowski, Nicole Snell, Tharon W. Howard (Clemson University, USA)Toward A Theory Of Media Reconciliation: Measuring Connotative And Denotative Meaning.

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

 11:30-12:30 THEORETICAL APPROACHES II. Chair: Pilar Orero.

  • Louise Fryer (Goldsmiths, University of London; VocalEyes). An Ecological Approach To Audio Description.
  • Larissa Costa (Pontifícia Universidade Católica, PUC-Río, Brazil). Explicature And Implicature As Guiding Concepts In Film Audio Description Scripts.

12:30-14:00 RAISING AWARENESS. Chair: Andrew Holland.

  • Joel Snyder (Audio Description Associates, LLC; American Council of the Blind, USA) and Thorunn Hjartardóttir. A Balmy Introduction To Audio Description In Iceland.
  • Ignasi Barri Vilardell (INDRA)The e-Access+ Network: Enhancing the Take-Up of eAccessibility in Europe.
  • Enric Torres i Feixas (Anglatècnic).  Audio description editor and customization.
  • Estel·la Oncins, Katerina Tsaousi, Héctor Delgado (CAIAC-UAB). Raising Awareness On Accessibility.

14:00-15:00 Lunch

15:00- 17:00 ART AND MUSEUMS. Chair: Josélia Neves.

  • Andrew Holland (VocalEyes). Matter Or Meaning? The Use Of Description In Museums And Galleries.
  • Izabela Krejtz (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland), Krzysztof Krejtz (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland),  Agnieszka Szarkowska (University of Warsaw), Andrew Duchowski (Clemson University), Agata Kopacz (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland). Perception Of Art With Audio Description: Evidence From An Eye-Tracking Study.
  • Eliana Franco (Federal University of Bahia, Brazil). An Afternoon at the Museum: The Differing Aspects Of The Audio Description Script for the Visually Impaired And The Learning Disabled Visitors.
  • Marisa Ferreira Aderaldo (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais).  Visual Art, Multimodality and Audio Description.
  • Vera Lúcia Santiago Araújo & Nunes de Oliveira Júnior Juarez (State University of Ceará, Brazil). Aldemir Martin’s Paintings for the Blind: Audiodescribing Cangaceiros.

17:00-17:30 Coffee break

 17:30- 19:15 RECEPTION STUDIES. SHORT PRESENTATIONS. Chair: Agnieszka Szarkowska.

  • Anna Fernández & Anna Matamala (CAIAC, UAB, Catalonia). Methodological Considerations For The Evaluation Of TTS AD’s Acceptance In The Catalan Context.
  • Cristóbal Cabeza-Cáceres (CAIAC, UAB, Catalonia).  Speed, Explicitation And Intonation In AD: Best Values, Best Practice.
  • Bruna Alves Leão (State University of Ceará, Brazil).  Audiodescribing Theater For Blind Children: The Case of “A Vaca Lelé”.
  • Andreza Nóbrega (Vouver Accessibility). Audiodescription In The Play “Nem Sempre Lila”.
  • Elena SV Flys (Vistapalabra SL, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain). Evaluation Of The Performing Tools For An Inclusive And Accessible Theater.
  • Alexandra Seoane (State University of Ceará, Brazil). The Prioritzation Of Information In Audio Description Scripts: What the Eye-tracking Can Show Us?


 14 March 2013

 09:00-10:30  TEACHING AD, AD IN TEACHING. Chair: Iwona Mazur.

  • Eva Espasa (University of Vic, Catalonia). The Specificity Of Training AD Online.
  • Agnieszka Walczak (University of Warsaw, Poland). Films With Audio Description As An Additional Didactic Tool In Foreign Language Learning. A Case Study With Preschool Children With And Without Vision Impairments.
  • Wojciech Figiel (University of Warsaw, Poland). Perception Of Audio Description In Educational Settings. A Qualitative Research With Teachers From Special Schools For Blind And Low-Sighted Children in Poland.

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:55 AUDIO-INTRODUCTIONS. Chair: Elisa Perego.

  • Anna Jankowska (Jagiellonian University; UNESCO Chair for Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication). Taking A British Idea to Poland: Audio Introductions For Voiced-Over Films.
  • Aline Remael & Nina Reviers (Artesis University College & University of Antwerp, Belgium). Combining Introductions And Audio-Descriptions In The Theater.

12:00-13:00  AUTEUR CINEMA AND FILM LANGUAGE. Chair: Bernd Benecke.

  • Agnieszka Szarkowska (University of Warsaw, Poland). Auteur Description – A New Type of AD For Auteur Cinema?
  • Klístenes Bastos Braga (State University of Ceará, Brazil). Author’s Cinema With Audio Description: The Case Of  ‘O Grão’.

13:00- 14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:30  FILM LANGUAGE AND AD. SHORT PRESENTATIONS.  Chair: Eliana Franco.

  •  Nicole Wilken (North West University, South Africa). The Impact of Mise-En-Shot Elements On The Interpretation Of Audio Described Films.
  •  Floriane Bardini (University of Vic). Audio Description Of Cinematographic Language: A Comparative Study Of Several Describers’ Approaches.
  •  Renata Mascarenhas (State University of Ceará, Brazil). The Focalization Through Lighting And Its Recreation In An Audio Description Screenplay.
  •  Osmina Marques da Silva & Vera Santiago Araújo (State University of Ceará, Brazil). Audio Description of Film Characters: A Corpus Based Study.
  •  Sara Benvenuto (State University of Ceará, Brazil).  Audiodescription For The Cinema: An Accessible Filmmaking Proposal. 

16:30-17:00 Coffee break


  • Anna Sadowska (John Paul Catholic University of Lublin, Poland). Audio Description for the Press in Poland.
  • Irena Michalewicz (freelance translator, Warsaw, Poland). Goal! Audio Description for Euro 2012.
  • Sarah Weaver (Durham University, UK). Have Your Say: Audience Reception Research Into Opera AD.
  • Marina Cavalcanti Tavares (State University of Ceará, Brazil).  Audiodescribing Musicals for the Blind.

18:15-18:30 CLOSING REMARKS by Pilar Orero (UAB).


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