Sarah Eardley-Weaver


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Research Interests

Sarah Eardley-Weaver, PhD in Translation Studies (Durham University), is Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting, specialising in French, Italian and German. Her principal research interests are audiovisual translation and media accessibility, especially subjects relating to performing arts and disability such as:

- arts accessibility

- social inclusion and cohesion

- intercultural, intersemiotic communication

- opera translation

- sensory perception

- translation for audiences with varying visual and hearing disability and ability

- sign language interpreting

- audio description and touch tours

- subtitles / surtitles

- captioning (for the deaf and hard-of-hearing).

This research entails investigating the complexities of verbal and non-verbal communication between visual, audio, tactile and other sign systems at cognitive and neurological levels within a dynamic framework exploring the expanding, multisemiotic notion of translation and text. Sarah has led pioneering opera accessibility audience reception projects and collaborated with expert practitioners in the field, including those at the RNIB, ITV, and the Royal Opera House.

She is currently working on projects investigating innovative translation methods targeted primarily at the blind and partially-sighted as well as the deaf and hard-of-hearing within the arts, education and health sectors, promoting recognition of accessibility as a human right. In April 2015 she presented a policy briefing concerning arts accessibility to the Northern Ireland Assembly (see and gave a press interview on her research (see[from 22.00]). Sarah is also leading an ICRH funded project 'Access for All' in collaboration with various partners across the UK and leading institutions such as Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. This work involves researching into the training and responsibilities of access providers, gauging user needs, experimenting with new technological solutions to inclusivity and showcasing access facilities to venue managers, government representatives and non-profit organisations.

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Research Output

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Special issue

Breaking Down Sensory Barriers: Opera Accessibility for Audiences with Differing Visual and Hearing Ability

Eardley-Weaver, S., Dec 2015, In : Punctum. 1, p. 579-594 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Opera (Sur)titles for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Eardley-Weaver, S., 2015, Audiovisual Translation: Taking Stock. Díaz Cintas, J. & Neves, J. (eds.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 261-272 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    Accessibility Showcase: Access for All

    Sarah Eardley-Weaver (Organiser)
    19 May 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Joselia Neves

    Sarah Eardley-Weaver (Host)
    18 Apr 201619 Apr 2016

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    Languages and the Media

    Sarah Eardley-Weaver (Speaker)
    02 Nov 201604 Nov 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Accessible Culture and Training (ACT)

    Sarah Eardley-Weaver (Speaker)
    29 Nov 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Unlimited! International Symposium on Accessibility to Live Events

    Sarah Eardley-Weaver (Speaker)
    29 Apr 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference