Riding the Wave at Languages & the Media 2021
The 13th edition of Languages & the Media will be held online. Due to the continued uncertainties surrounding international travel and large-scale gatherings associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reluctantly made the decision to migrate the conference to a virtual format. While there are hopeful signs on the horizon, the situation remains too unpredictable and we feel that deciding without further delay to move the conference online will alleviate uncertainty for all participants.
Although we would have preferred to meet in person, we feel there is a need for our community to stay connected and updated on the latest research and developments in our field, even if only remotely. Our virtual event will ensure that we can meet and connect in a safe environment that will provide many opportunities to learn, share, get inspired, engage in lively conversations with peers, and network with potential partners from across the globe like never before.
The conference, which will take place as a five-day virtual event on 20 – 24 September 2021, will once again bring together leading academic experts and key industry stakeholders for a packed programme that will focus on the latest trends and technologies in the world of media localisation and access services.
The appetite for audiovisual content is growing like never before. Platforms are proliferating. New workflows are emerging with cloud infrastructure and remote collaboration. New working conditions are rolling in faster than ever before. Innovation is the order of the day. The industry is consolidating while new entrants are disrupting the conventional workplace. Immersive environments are becoming more pervasive. Concurrent translation and post-editing are gaining ground. Language tools are being integrated and experimentation and reinvention abound. The need for research has never been greater. With the validity of older norms and standards under scrutiny, new models of good practice are emerging, forcing the audiovisual localisation industry to take stock and re-examine audience needs. Legislation and regulation are also whipping up the wind of change. As our 2018 keynote speaker David Padmore pointed out, our shared goal is to break down language and sensory barriers to audiovisual content that educates, informs and entertains the world. To achieve this, all stakeholders must come together and collaborate to address our industry's challenges with responsible, comprehensive and fair strategies. And what better place to do this than at the 13th Languages & the Media International Conference and Exhibition which this year will be held online on 20 – 24 September 2021 under the overall theme "Riding the Wave".
The online event will provide participants with an interactive experience and include a vibrant programme made of plenaries, panels, presentation sessions, workshops, a community platform for engagement and networking, as well as a virtual exhibition space where exhibitors and sponsors can showcase what new solutions and technologies are driving the industry forward in a variety of interactive ways.
More details on the programme and conference formats will be shared in the following weeks, so stay tuned!
If you would like to learn more about exhibiting opportunities at our online event in September contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you miss the first-ever Languages & the Media Virtual Event that was held on 15 December 2020? Click here to read about some of the event's highlights.
Throughout its 26-year long history since 1996, Languages & the Media has established itself as Europe's leading conference in the AVT industry and is a vibrant hub for exchange, learning and discussion. At the 2021 Languages & the Media, content creators, broadcasters, OTT platforms, language service providers, technology companies, researchers, trainers, professionals, practitioners and all those who produce, market or distribute audiovisual content for information, entertainment or educational purposes will come together to address issues on how to thrive in this dynamic mediascape.
University of Warsaw