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Unlimited! 3 - Innovation for Access: New Interactions

Unlimited! 3 rescheduled to July 1-2, 2021

Following global measures against the spread of the coronavirus, the steering committee has decided to postpone the Unlimited! 3 conference. With this decision, we want to ensure that our conference is a safe and positive experience for all participants.

Unlimited! 3 Innovation for Access: New Interactions will now take place at the University of Antwerp on July 1-2, 2021. Due to this reschedule, Unlimited! 3 will coincide with the second edition of the OPEN Forum Technology for Access, an exhibition and networking event that focuses on the latest technologies and IT solutions to enhance accessibility to both recorded media and live cultural events.

Over the coming weeks, the organising committee will coordinate with speakers, sponsors, partners and advisors to develop a revised programme and registration. We will keep you updated through our website or you can sign up to our mailing list by sending us an e-mail at open@uantwerpen.be

What if I have already registered?

If you have already registered, you can:

  • transfer your registration to the new dates, or
  • transfer your registration to another person, or
  • request a refund.

I am a speaker, what about my presentation?

Confirmed speakers will be able to present without resubmitting and we will reserve a slot for you in the programme. If you won’t be able to join us on July 1-2, 2021 or if you need to revise/update your proposal, please contact us by May 1st, 2020.

How can I participate in the OPEN Forum?

More information about exhibition possibilities and participation in the OPEN Forum will be communicated via our website over the summer. Do you want to be kept up to date? Then please send us a short email asking to be put on our mailing list.

We look forward to welcoming you in Antwerp next year. In the meantime, take good care of yourself and your loved ones during these challenging times.

The Unlimited Team

 

About Unlimited! 3

The provision of accessibility services for live events is gaining prominence throughout the world and the role of technological innovations in these developments is paramount. Unlimited! 3 would like to pay tribute to the new opportunities created by innovation. It will explore new developments in access services including audio description, audio surtitling, audio subtitling, surtitling for the hearing impaired, and sign language.

These new opportunities also pose major challenges, however. Stakeholders have to learn to navigate the variations and complexities that characterize this domain. They have to know how to choose the most appropriate manner in which to provide access services depending on the specific needs and possibilities of a given situation: live, pre-recorded or integrated audio description, open or closed captioning, respeaking or velotype, to name just a few. In addition, new and innovative practices give rise to new professional profiles and new training needs.

Consequently, cooperation and innovation have become key factors in the field of live accessibility, as stakeholders realize that the integration of live access from the outset rather than in post-production opens up new opportunities and avenues for innovation and research.

The third Unlimited! Symposium aims to explore the challenges and innovative solutions in live accessibility and bring together stakeholders to share experiences. We invite contributions from a wide variety of stakeholders - researchers, practitioners, technicians, funders, policy-makers, users, artists and cultural venues - to share their best practices regarding accessible theatre, ballet, hybrid performances, conferences, sports and any other live (cultural) event or type of performance that is (or should be) made accessible in any part of the world.

 

About the conference series

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 about 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 April 26, 2016. The second Unlimited! conference was held in Barcelona on June 6, 2018 and was a cooperation between the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the EU-funded project Accessible Culture and Training (ACT).

About the conference organisation

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.

Organising committee

Nina Reviers

Brecht Daneels

Paula Gruppelaar

Sabien Hanoulle

Isabelle Robert

Iris Schrijver

Steering committee

The OPEN Expertise Centre for Accessible Media and Culture is responsible for hosting the Unlimited! Conference series. Meet our team:

Nina ReviersBrecht DaneelsPaula GruppelaarSabien HanoulleAline RemaelIsabelle Robert

Scientific 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)

 

Unlimited! 3 is made possible with the support of

 

Gold Sponsor 

The Audio Description Company, a division of The Subtitling Company.

 

Supporting organisations

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.

 

Accessibility Advisors

Hoorcoach Regina Bijl

Flemish expertise centre Inter .