[CFP] ACT/Unlimited! 2 Symposium: Quality training, quality service in accessible live events

ACT/Unlimited! 2 Symposium

Quality training, quality service in accessible live events

The ACT project for its final conference is teaming up with the Unlimited! Symposium, which will take place in Barcelona on June 6th 2018, at the Residència d’Investigadors (Hospital, 64, 08001 Barcelona). Google Maps link.

The ACT project is working on the definition of a new professional profile, that of the “Media Accessibility Expert/Manager for the Scenic Arts”, and also on the various types of qualifications required for this profession in order to provide high quality training for professionals in the field. Unlimited!, held for the first time at the University of Antwerp in 2016, focuses on accessibility services in live events, both from a professional and research angle.

Read the Call for Papers and, if you want to submit a proposal, use the abstract submission form.

If you want to register for this event, use the registration form.

Organizing Committee 

Anna Matamala, Pilar Orero, Jara Duro

Scientific Committee

Lina Bautista (Trànsit)

Dirk Crommelinck (NTGhent)

Sarah Eardley-Weaver  (Queen’s University Belfast)

Loli Jiménez (Generalitat de Catalunya)

Aline Remael (University of Antwerp)

Michael Reiner (ECQA)

Pilar Orero (UAB)

Fien Van Den Abeele (Inter)

Xiaochun Zhang (University of Vienna)



CFP: Quality training, quality service in accessible live events

The ACT/Unlimited! 2 Symposium on accessible live events will be the perfect forum to give voice not only to those who provide, fund or research accessibility at live events but also to those who enjoy and benefit from it as well as those providing accessibility training.  For this reason the second Unlimited! Symposium and ACT final conference invites contributions from researchers, practitioners, technicians, funders, policy-makers, trainers and users of accessibility services at all types of live events. The range of possible events is wide and includes ballet, opera, theatre, dance, circus, hybrid performances and sports among others.

The topics include but are not limited to:

  • Venue accessibility, both indoors and outdoors
  • Accessibility services: audio description, audio subtitling, subtitling for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, sign language interpreting, surtitling, audio introductions, vibrating chairs, Braille, touch tours, hearing loop, etc.
  • Easy reading at live events
  • Web accessibility for live events
  • Interlingual translation at live events
  • Accessibility planning, coordination and promotion at live events
  • User immersion in live events
  • Technology and accessibility at live events
  • Professional experience
  • New (interdisciplinary) research methodologies for live events
  • Standardization and integral design
  • Multilingual delivery at live events
  • Business models for accessibility at live events
  • Quality of accessibility at live events. One of the central blocks of the ACT project is to discuss the possibility of integrating a quality label for accessibility in the scenic arts as a way forward for mainstreaming accessibility. For this reason contributions from relevant stakeholders on how providing a quality label can help expand accessibility in the scenic arts are especially welcome.

The conference will begin with a panel on the ACT project, followed by a selection of papers chosen through a peer-review process.

To submit your proposal, fill in the abstract submission form.

Important deadlines

Abstract submission deadline: 15 October 2017

Notification of acceptance: 20 November 2017

Early bird registration: before 15 February 2018

Conference: 6 June 2018