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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 http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/assembly-business/research-and-information-service-raise/knowledge-exchange/knowledge-exchange-seminar-series-4-2014-2015/improving-arts-accessibility-for-people-with-varying-visual-and-hearing-ability/) and gave a press interview on her research (see https://vimeo.com/126894058[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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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