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Modern Languages: The Art of Translation for Subtitling and Dubbing: Distilling Nuance and Meaning with Dr Alex Mével From University of Nottingham

8th June 2021 @ 11:15 - 12:15



Dr Alex Mével, Associate Professor, will talk on audiovisual translation, and will discuss the history of subtitling and dubbing, as well as what these processes involve nowadays. Subtitling and dubbing are two types of ‘constrained’ translation (that is, translation with a set of constraints). For instance, subtitles can normally only use two lines and a limited amount of characters, whilst dubbing needs to factor in other constraints such of lip synchronisation.

Alex will lead an interactive masterclass for Languages students exploring techniques and approaches to distilling nuance and meaning for an audiovisual audience.


Speaker Profile (Please click): Dr Alex Mével


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying Languages and related subjects. We also welcome interested students from other disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider questions they have about picking up nuance and meaning and particular issues or obstacles they may be facing.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



8th June 2021
11:15 - 12:15
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