Testing Times






COVID-19, testing , validation, user-centric research, accessibility, accessible filmmaking


That COVID-19 touched all walks of life is an understatement. With the risk of sounding frivolous, compared with other impacts, COVID-19 had direct implications in research, and particularly in funded research activities with a strict schedule. Luckily, in the field of audiovisual translation we do not require any live samples or animals to be fed while in lockdown. Still, experimental programmed tests with people required alternative approaches. This special issue presents the social distancing challenges faced in user-centric research methodologies when human interaction is required.


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Author Biographies

Pilar Orero, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Pilar Orero PhD (UMIST, UK) works at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) in the TransMedia Catalonia Lab. She has written and edited many books, over 100 academic papers and almost the same number of book chapters all on Audiovisual Translation and Media Accessibility http://gent.uab.cat/pilarorero. Leader and participant on numerous EU funded research projects focusing on media accessibility. She works in standardisation and participates in ISO, ITU, CEN, ANEC and UNE. Leader of the Media Accessibility Cost Action LEAD ME.

David Hernández Falagán, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

David Hernández Falagán holds a PhD in Architecture and lectures at the Department of Theory and History of Architecture and Communication Techniques at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (ETSAB-UPC). His research encompasses areas such as theory of technology, future of habitat and critical design methodologies.




How to Cite

Orero, P., & Hernández Falagán, D. (2021). Testing Times: Introduction. Journal of Audiovisual Translation, 4(2), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.47476/jat.v4i2.2021.207