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Call for papers

Audiovisual translation, AVT, is a form of communication that is expanding at a fast rate. Its active engagement with social, cultural, political, and technological changes calls for increased specialisation and greater diversification on the part of practitioners, trainers, and researchers alike. AVT crosses many disciplinary borders, offering tremendous opportunities and challenges to its users. Markets worldwide are changing fast with distribution policies and strategies being shaped by political decisions, economic factors and audience expectations. AVT, from both the traditional translational perspective as well as the more encompassing accessibility angle, is considered to be a tool for social integration. The traditional notion of what constitutes a ‘text’ has been eroded, leading to a converging of research interests and a need for more interdisciplinary approaches. The conference organisers are especially interested in the links between AVT and other areas within translation studies, linguistics, film and TV studies.
This conference aims to map the current status of AVT profession, research, production, distribution, and consumer needs. One of the conference aims is to attract scholars and professionals from countries which have so far kept a low profile in the AVT arena, alongside those from countries in which AVT has been practised and researched. The complexity and the ways in which research input, technology, user needs and the business aspects of AVT intertwine, merits serious thought and debate. By exploring new ways of expanding these borders, Media for All 5: Expanding Borders will address the many questions raised by the rapid expansion of audiovisual communication, rising to the challenges posed by translation in the global market.
Through papers, panels, posters, and round-table discussions, we hope to investigate these issues and to be able to promote new perspectives. We are inviting presentations reflecting the developments of our rapidly changing times within the scope of the themes listed below, and with a focus on audiovisual translation and media accessibility:
  1. Language transfer on screen: dubbing, interpreting, narration, opera and theatre surtitling, subtitling, voice-over, localisation, fandubbing, fansubbing
  2. Media access / cultural access: subtitling for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, live subtitling, respeaking, audio description, audio subtitling, sign language interpreting
  3. Innovation and new technologies: formats, platforms, 3D
  4. AVT and social media
  5. AVT in the global market: production and distribution, new trends, tools, needs, project management
  6. Professional practice and ethics: labour market, working conditions, standardisation and harmonisation, productivity, costs, professional organisations, intellectual property rights, crowdsourcing
  7. History of AVT
  8. Quality standards and quality assurance
  9. Literacy and language learning/acquisition
  10. AVT research
  11. Reception research and audience needs, broadcasting for minority audiences
  12. Censorship and manipulation
  13. AVT training: curricula, new needs, standards, didactics and skills
  14. AVT status and development in Central and Eastern Europe


Papers are allotted 20-minute slots to be followed by a 10-minute discussion (30 minutes in total). Proposals for papers should be presented on the abstract proposal form, which can be downloaded from here.
Abstracts (please fill in the following form: of 250-350 words should be sent to Kristijan Nikolić by 15th of January 2013.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 20th of February 2013.

Conference venue

The 2 day conference, 26 - 27 September 2013, will take place at Palace Hotel Dubrovnik.

Workshops venue

The workshops will be held at the same hotel, on 25 September 2013. Topics and prices can be found here.

Official language



A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published by the organising committee.

Important dates

Deadline for sending proposals: 15th January 2013
Notification of acceptance: 20th February 2013
Early-bird registration: Until 1st July 2013