After completing my BA (French and English, 2010-2014) and MA (Translation, 2014-2015) at Queen’s, I was awarded funding by the Arts Humanities Research Council as part of the Northern Bridge cohort to undertake doctoral research in April 2017. My doctoral research is entitled ‘Describing the Maze/Long Kesh: The role of voice and word choice in audio description.’ My research draws on the literature of translation studies, particularly audiovisual translation, memory studies and hermeneutics to examine the role of voice and word choice in audio description, with the scope of my analysis expanding onto issues related to language and identity in the context of Northern Ireland.
Taking the Prisons Memory Archive as my example, my research explores the ethics of description, reflecting on how to describe a contentious place, such as the Maze/Long Kesh prison, which has come to represent contrasting readings of the past across communities in Northern Ireland. This research entails investigating the complexity of meaning associated with the prison site within a dynamic framework exploring and re-evaluating the notion of objectivity and subjectivity in audio description research.
My principal research interests are in audiovisual translation and media accessibility, particularly subjects related to accessibility in the arts, as well as, access facilities such as audio description, touch tours, sign language interpreting, and captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing.
I am currently a research assistant on the Accessibility, Culture and Training (ACT) project, which is an EU-funded project in collaboration with various partners across the UK and leading institutions in Europe – such as Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. This project focuses on research into the training of access providers, gauging audience expectations and developing a new professional profile, that of “Media Accessibility Expert” together with the various types of training activities associated with this profession. This work involves researching the expectations of audiences with varying abilities as well as engaging with major stakeholders and access providers in the scenic arts to promote awareness of accessibility to the Arts.