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Performing Arts Now — Audience Reception and Translation

The international research group PAN-ART aims to investigate the reception of translation and accessibility services in various performing arts and media by audiences with differing sensory ability.

In today’s rapidly developing digital age and increasingly socially-aware society in which general exposure to multimedia environments and expectations of inclusive, multisemiotic experiences are mounting, performing arts and media such as opera, theatre and cinema are called upon to advance further to respond to the requirements of all audiences including the deaf and hard-of-hearing and the blind and partially-sighted.

Translation modalities such as audio description, touch tours, sign interpreting, and titles are evolving and the notion of media accessibility is developing in response to shifting audience expectations.

In this research group our focus is on the audience’s perspective, although the translator’s role in audience reception is also central to many of these studies. Ultimately through exploration of the translation process in these contexts and with the audience as the driving force, this research group seeks to promote progress towards performing arts for all PAN-ART.

The research group is coordinated by Sarah Weaver at Durham University, colleagues interested in its activities, discussions, and future events can join the mailing list by sending an email to stating their interest in joining the group