PhD Translation Studies graduate Angela Tarantini awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship

Angela Tarantini headshotCongratulations to Angela Tarantini (PhD Translation Studies, 2017; current Teaching Associate at Monash) who has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship, under Horizon 2020. The 2-year Fellowship will commence in October 2021 and will be hosted by the School of Modern Languages and Translation at Cardiff University.

Title of the project: “When Accessibility Becomes Performance: Sign Language Interpreting in Music and Live Concerts as Performative Rewriting.”

The aim of the project is to analyse the work of sign language interpreters-performers who translate a hearing-centric music world into a visual one by transposing songs and live concerts into sign language. Angela seeks to identify ways in which interpreters-performers embody nonverbal elements of a text (rhythm, timbre, etc.) in what she calls “patterns of performativity”, which allow for the translation of music into an entirely visual form of art fully accessible to the D/deaf and hard-of-hearing. She hopes that the findings of the project will inform the training of future sign language interpreters who wish to specialise in this specific translation/performance practice, thus contributing to an increased participation of the D/deaf and hard-of-hearing, one of the most under-served minorities, in the arts.