The sound of social justice: on sound design and acoustics, and their role in diversity and equality
Professor Mariana López’s inaugural lecture will explore her research on sound design and acoustics, while intertwining it with matters of diversity, equality, and her own position as a woman, a Latin American and an immigrant in academia. Mariana will explore how her research projects cannot be separated from matters of social justice and have, instead, been inspired by a deep sense of the importance of equality and diversity as intrinsic to all research, leadership, and teaching endeavours.
Her lecture will include reflections on her work on the Enhanced Audio Description methods, which use sound design for the creation of accessible film and television experiences for visually impaired audiences, seeking to go beyond the central role of speech and information in access methods, and exploring immersion and shared experiences. Mariana will also be reflecting on her work on acoustical heritage and historical soundscapes, and the need for interdisciplinary approaches that allow for a great reflection on what spaces are studied, and why.
This lecture will be chaired by Professor Damian Murphy.
Following the lecture a drinks reception will take place in the TFTI foyer.
About the speaker
Mariana López is a Professor in Sound Production and Post Production at the University of York. Her research has received funding from bodies such as the AHRC, the British Academy, the European Commission and The Royal Society. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded project Enhancing Audio Description II: implementing accessible, personalised and inclusive film and television experiences for visually impaired audiences. She is also currently writing a book on acoustical heritage and historical soundscapes for Routledge. She has led national and international campaigns for gender equality in the field of audio and acoustics, and is an active sound designer.