We are excited to host Dr. Sean Zdenek from the University of Delaware for this year’s installation of the “Conversations in Digital Accessibilities” series. On Thursday, February 27 at 4 pm, Dr. Zdenek will deliver a lecture entitled “Access Remade: Designing, Disrupting and Transforming Inclusive Media,” in which he will explore novel and disruptive forms of audiovisual accessibility. The lecture will take place in the Jones Room, 3rd floor Woodruff Library.
Dr. Zdenek is an associate professor of technical and professional writing at the University of Delaware whose research and teaching interests include technical writing, disability studies, sound studies, and rhetorical theory. He is the author of award-winning monograph Reading Sounds: Closed-Caption Media and Popular Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2015). In his more recent Kairos article “Designing Captions: Disruptive experiments with typography, color, icons and effects,” he explores how “enhanced captioning” might disrupt taken-for-granted norms of sonic accessibility and help us imagine different disability futures – a topic he will touch upon in his lecture.
This is the third lecture in the annual “Conversations in Digital Accessibilities” series, a collaboration between the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, the Digital Publishing in the Humanities Initiative and the Disability Studies Initiative, which highlights the various implications of disability and accessibility in regards to digital projects and publishing. This year, the Emory Writing Program has joined as a co-sponsor of the event. The series began in 2018 with a visit from Professor Elizabeth Ellcessor, University of Virginia and continued last year with a visit from Dr. Stephanie S. Rosen, University of Michigan. Captioned videos of Professor Ellcessor’s lecture from 2018 are available on our blog.