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- Research interest:I am a researcher and trainer in the domain of Audiovisual Translation, with a specific interest in Media Accessibility. While Audio Description for the blind and visually impaired constitutes my specific research area, I have built expertise in a broad range of topics within the domain of accessibility. Moreover, I aim to approach my research topics from an inclusive perspective keeping the principles of Universal Design and Interdisciplinarity in mind.Current research interests include: linguistic and multimodal aspects of audio description, computer-aided translation of audio description; integrated acces for the (scenic) arts; technology for acces and the study of translations as complex, emerging phenomena.A close collaboration with stakeholders is a key factor in my research and teaching activities. Through our OPEN Expertise Centre for Accessible Media and Culture, we aim to bridge the gap between academia and the work field and play an active role in the realisation of an inclusive society.
- Keywords:CORPUS-BASED TRANSLATION STUDIES, ACCESSIBILITY, MULTIMODALITY, TRANSLATION STUDIES, SEMIOTICS, Language and literature (incl. information, documentation, library and archive sciences)
- Disciplines:Dutch language, English language, Corpus linguistics, Discourse analysis, Text linguistics, Translation and interpretation sciences, Sound, Audiovisual art and digital media not elsewhere classified, Theatre and performance not elsewhere classified
- Research techniques:Interdisciplinarity is central to research into Media Accessibility and close cooperation with other research areas in the humanities is key: semiotics, multimodality, linguistics, film studies, theatre studies. Technology also plays an important role, both in the production and distribution of accessibility services (testing and development of apps and new applications) and in research (development of multimodal corpora for text analysis).
- Users of research expertise:Via the OPEN Expertise Centre for Accessible Media and Culture, the research on accessible media and culture at the University of Antwerp is actively translated to potential target groups: users, production houses, media companies, broadcasters, theatre companies, cultural venues, government services, technology companies, etc.