AES Dublin 2019 Presenter or Author
Primary Affiliation: Queen's University Belfast - Belfast, UK
Sarah McDonagh is a PhD student at Queen's University Belfast. Her doctoral research investigates the audio description of politically sensitive material related to the Maze and Long Kesh prison in Northern Ireland. Taking the Prisons Memory Archive as her example, Sarah's research explores the ethics of audio description, reflecting on the process of describing politically sensitive material, with the scope of her analysis expanding onto issues of language and identity in the context of Northern Ireland. This research investigates the complexity of meaning associated with the prison site within a dynamic framework that explores and re-evaluates the notion of objectivity and subjectivity in audio description research.
Her principal research interests are in audiovisual translation and media accessibility, particularly subjects related to accessibility in the arts and digital heritage, as well as access facilities such as audio description, touch tours, British and Irish sign language interpreting, and captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing.
She has been involved in the EU-funded Accessibility, Culture and Training (ACT) project, in collaboration with various partners across the UK and leading institutions in Europe. She has also worked with the Prisons Memory Archive to design accessible content for people of varying sensory abilities, as well as address key ethical considerations regarding heritage management and preservation.
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