The Unlimited! conferences are an opportunity to discuss research, practice, policy and technological innovation regarding the accessibility of live events and broadcasts. Stakeholders from varying backgrounds and domains come together to pinpoint challenges, share best practices and explore convergences and new collaborations in a growing range of services and products that make live events and broadcasts more accessible for diverse audiences - think of audio description, audio surtitling, audio subtitling, surtitling and sign language. The first Unlimited! conference was organized by the TricS research group of the University of Antwerp on 26 April 2016. The second Unlimited! conference was held in Barcelona on 6 June 2018. It was organized by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the EU-funded project Accessible Culture and Training (ACT), in which the University of Antwerp was a partner.
The provision of accessibility services for live events is gaining prominence throughout the world. It is a vibrant and dynamic domain, replete with innovative approaches.
Unlimited 3! will contribute to the new opportunities created by these innovative trends, by exploring recent developments in access services such as audio description, audio surtitling, audio subtitling, surtitling for the hearing impaired, and sign language.
Two key seem to be driving the field forward: technology and creativity. Technological innovations have always been in the provision of pre-recorded access services, but lately technology’s role is growing in live access as well. On the other hand, new creative approaches to live access are developing rapidly; approaches that look for new ways to integrate accessibility into creation processes and that focus on engagement and on creating experiences for all audiences.
However, these new opportunities also pose major challenges. Stakeholders have to learn to navigate the variations and complexities that characterize this approach. These complexities create new opportunities, but also challenge all parties involved, requiring them to move out of their comfort zone, go beyond their individual expertise and foster new, interdisciplinary collaboration.
All these developments are giving rise to new types of practices, new types of collaboration, new professional profiles, and new requirements for training.
The third Unlimited! symposium aims to explore these challenges and innovative solutions in live accessibility and bring together stakeholders to share experiences. We invite contributions that share best practices and new research on accessible theatre, ballet, hybrid performances, conferences, sports and any other live (cultural) event or types of performances that are (or should be) made accessible in any part of the world.
More information about registration will follow soon. The programme, prices and details about registration and accessibility will be shared in the fall of 2021. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to contact the organisational team at email@example.com
Unlimited! will coincide with the OPEN Forum, a networking event and exhibition about technology for access, organised in the same venue on February 10, 2022.
The Audio Description Company, a division of The Subtitling Company.
Conférence Internationale Permanente d'Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CIUTI)
The department of Applied Linguistics, Translators and Interpreters of the University of Antwerp.
University of Antwerp.
Hoorcoach Regina Bijl
Flemish expertise centre Inter .
The third Unlimited! conference Innovation for Access: New Interactions will be hosted by the OPEN Expertise Centre for Accessible Media and Culture and the TricS research group of the University of Antwerp.
The OPEN Expertise Centre for Accessible Media and Culture is co-hosting the Unlimited! Conference series together with the TricS research group. Meet our steering committee:
Pablo Romero-Fresco (University of Vigo)
Agnieszka Szarkowska (University of Warsaw)
Louise Fryer (University College London; VocalEyes)
Anna Matamala (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
Pilar Orero (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
Elena Di Giovanni (University of Macerata)
Elisa Perego (University of Trieste)
Rai Sonali (Royal National Institute of the Blind)
Nathalie Mälzer (University of Hildesheim)
David Mass (Panthea)
Andreas Tai (Institut für Rundfunktechnik München)
Maaike Bleeker (Universiteit Utrecht)
Anna Jankowska (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
Hayley Dawson (University of Roehampton)
Jemina Napier (Catholic University of Leuven)
Heidi Salaets (Catholic University of Leuven)
Gert Vercauteren (University of Antwerp)