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Conference on Accessibility in Film, Television,
and Interactive Media Call for Papers

EAD Conference Poster

Saturday 14th October – Sunday 15th October 2017
Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York, Baird Lane, York, YO10 5GB, UK

The number of visually impaired people in the UK is expected to rise to 4 million by 2020, while by 2050 it is estimated that there will be 15.6 million of people with hearing loss in the UK.  Such statistics reflect the urgency in which film, television and interactive media industries need to reflect on the diversity of their audiences as well as measures to increase both accessibility as well as foster inclusivity.

This event seeks to promote communication between researchers, stakeholders in the creative industries, accessibility services, and audiences. It will provide an interdisciplinary forum, integrating approaches from the arts, humanities, engineering and social sciences that study both traditional and innovative approaches to accessibility. We particularly welcome submissions in the field of sound design, audio engineering and music technology.  The panels on these themes will be organised under the umbrella of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) North of England section.

Keynote Speakers:
Maria Oshodi, Extant
Howard Bargroff, Sonorous

We are interested in paper presentations, posters, demos, installations and workshop proposals. Please mark clearly on your proposal whether your contribution will be a paper, poster, demo, installation or workshop.

The topics may include, but are not limited to:

· Audio Description in Film, Television and Interactive Media
· Audio Games and Accessibility
· Immersive Theatre and Inclusion
· The development of digital technologies and methods for accessibility
· Practical/ theoretical aspects of implementing new technologies
· Impact and importance of new technologies and methods to the field of accessibility
· New technologies as an aid to social inclusivity
· Including the end user in research and development projects
· Relation between sound and images
· Storytelling through sound
· Accessible filmmaking and collaborative approaches
· Integrating accessibility into the creative sector

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words through our submission portal. Papers will be made available as open access through the conference website.

Deadline for abstract submission: 2nd May  15 May 2017

Notification of outcome: 19th May 2017

Deadline for full paper submission: 25th September 2017

The organisers of this conference are Dr Mariana Lopez, Dr Gavin Kearney and Krisztian Hofstadter. This event is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/N003713/1) as part of the Enhancing Audio Description project.

Admission: Free, registration required, registration opens in July.

Email: mariana.lopez@york.ac.uk

Telephone: 01904 32 5248

NEWS:

We are happy to announce that we have a confirmed Maria Oshodi, Director of Extant as a keynote speaker, who will demonstrate their installation called Flatland.