ARSAD 2019 took place on 19-20/03/2019 in Barcelona.

Download the book of abstracts.

The programme is available here.

ARSAD 2019 was collocated with two ADLAB PRO Multiplier Events.

Programme ARSAD 2019

Day 1. Tuesday 19/03/2018

08:45-09:15 Registration

09:15-09:25 Welcome address by Anna Matamala (TransMedia Catalonia, UAB)

09:25-10:15 Keynote lecture by Ivor Ambrose (European Network for Accessible Tourism). Information and Communication in the Service of Accessible Tourisme for All. Chair: Pilar Orero (UAB) Download presentation

10:15-10:45 Coffee break


Chair: Iwona Mazur (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland)

  • Christian Simon (University of Vienna, Austria). How do images convey meaning and how does this affect AD-research? (15’) Download presentation
  • Klaudia Muca (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland). Poetics of audio description: towards inclusive cultural linguistics (15’) Download presentation
  • Kari Seeley (The University of Adelaide, Australia). Positioning audio description in media theory: An Australian context (10’) Download presentation

Discussion: 20 minutes.


Chair: Elisa Perego (University of Trieste, Italy)

  • Sabine Braun & Kim Starr (University of Surrey, UK). Mind the Gap: An investigation of omissions in audio description (15’) Download presentation
  • Anna Jankowksa (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland/ Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). A look into the describer’s head- results of the ADDit! Project (15’) Download presentation
  • Montse Corrius & Eva Espasa (University of Vic- Central University of Catalonia). The audio description of blindness in films: visual pleasures or “blind nightmares”? (15’) Download presentation
  • Elena Buelga (University of Vic). Multilingualism and audio description: an analysis of the Elvish translation in the audio description of the trilogy Lord of the Rings (15’) Download presentation

Discussion: 30 minutes.

13:15-14:15 Lunch break. Although lunch is not included, sandwiches will be offered to participants.

14:15-15:30 PANEL 3. TRAINING

Chair: Anna Jankowska (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland/ Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

  • Louise Fryer (UCL/Utopian Voices, Ltd, UK). A catalogue of errors: Lessons for students from professional audio description of live performances (15’) Download presentation
  • Elisa Perego (University of Trieste, Italy). Who’s the AD professional? A sociological perspective (15’) Download presentation
  • Alexey Kozulyaev & Ivan Borchevsky (RuFilms School of Audiovisual Translation, Russia). Accessibility marketing – basic principles (15’) Download presentation
  • Xiaochun Zhang (University of Bristol, UK). Applying gamified situated-learning approaches in audio description training (10’) Download presentation

Discussion: 30 minutes.

15:30-16:00 Coffee break


Chair: Sonali Rai (RNIB, UK)

  • Dawning Leung (Audio Description Association (Hong Kong)). Audio description in Hong Kong: end user’s needs and preferences (10’) Download presentation
  • Irene Tor & Sara Rovira (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Listening to Chinese blind and partially-sighted users: A questionnaire-based study (10’) Download presentation
  • Ismini Karantzi (Ionian University, Greece). Linguistic aspects in audio description in Greece: A reception study (10’) Download presentation
  • Evangelia Liakou (Ionian University, Greece). Creativity in AD: Artistic expression or subjective intervention? (10’) Download presentation
  • Anna Jankowska (UAB/Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland), Michal Kuniecki, Joanna Pilarczyk, Kinga Woloszyn-Hohol  (Jagiellonian University in Krakow). To interpret or not to interpret: Audience reception of different voicing styles (10’)
  • Jana Holsanova (Lund University, Sweden). How the blind audience receive and experience audio descriptions of visual events – a project presentation (10’) Download presentation

Discussion: 30 minutes.

20:00 Conference dinner (registration needed). Mamá Café Restaurant

Day 2. Wednesday 20/03/2018


Chair: Nina Reviers (University of Antwerp)

  • Eveline Ferwerda (Vereniging Bartimeus Sonneheerdt, Netherlands). Scribit- crowdsourced TTS audio description for Youtube online video (15’) Download presentation
  • Anita Fidyka (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Audio description in 360º videos: Results from preliminary tests (15’)
  • Xi Wang (Queen’s University Belfast, UK). Investigating new technologies to improve accessibility and visitor experience (10’) Download presentation
  • Pilar Orero (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) & Rocío Bernabé (SDI, Germany). Easier audio description: An easy listening and easy understanding access service (10′) Download presentation (open access link)

Discussion: 25 minutes.


Chair: Mereijn van der Heijden (Soundfocus, Netherlands)

  • Ivan Borchevsky (Rufilms School of Audiovisual Translation, Russia). Describe the moon to me: Describing science for the blind and visually impaired ) (15′) Download presentation
  • Kamila Albin & Wojciech Figiel (University of Warsaw, Poland). How to make avant-garde theatre accessible? The case of Tadeusz Kantor’s ‘Theatre of Death’ plays (10′) Download presentation
  • Joel Snyder (Audio Description Associates, American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project, USA) & Esther Geiger (LIMS Maryland Modular Certification Program, WACMA, USA). Audio description: Listening to Movement  (10′) Download presentation

Discussion: 25 minutes.

11:15-11:45 Coffee break

11:45–12:45 PANEL 7. AD PRACTICES

Chair: Louise Fryer (Utopian Voices, UK)

  • Lucinéa Marcelino Villela (Sao Paulo State University, Brazil). Audio description of music video Flutua: a mix of gender fluid, transgender and transrespect (10′) Download presentation
  • Rebecca Singh (Live Describe, Canada). Canadian tales of describing race, class, and gender: Exploring implicit bias, and beyond! (10′) Download presentation
  • Sarah McDonagh (Queen’s University Belfast, UK). (Audio-)Describing the Maze/Long Kesh (10′) Download presentation

Discussion: 30 minutes.

12:45-13:30 CLOSING PANEL, chaired by Gion Linder (Swiss TXT), with Pilar Orero (UAB), Sonali Rai (RNIB), Matt Kaplowitz (Bridge Multimedia/US Dpt. of Education), Federico Spoletti (SUBTi, FRED), Joel Snyder (Audio Description Associates).