Dr Kim Starr
Academic and research departmentsSchool of Literature and Languages.
Kim began her academic studies at Queen Mary, University of London graduating with a BSc (Econ) in Politics and Law. She subsequently spent a decade in the finance industry working for a City brokerage where she provided legal consultancy services to blue-chip corporate clients.This was followed by fifteen years in the commercial television sector, during which time she received sponsorship from her employer Independent Television (ITV) to pursue an MA in Journalism at the University of Westminster. She subsequently worked in the press team at Independent Television News (ITN) where she held the position of Head of Internal Communications. Kim returned to academia in 2010, studying for an MA in audiovisual translation at the University of Surrey's Centre for Translation Studies.
Kim was awarded a full doctoral studentship by the AHRC/UKRI, gaining her PhD in intralingual translation. Her doctoral research focused on the use of audio description for the purposes of conveying emotions in film content to children on the autism spectrum.
She has since held two research fellow posts, the first working on the human analysis of machine-generated AV captioning data, under the umbrella of the EU-funded MeMAD (Methods for Managing Audiovisual Data) project, and currently as a researcher across translation and multimodal technologies.
University roles and responsibilities
- Research Fellow
Audiovisual translation, intralingual translation, media accessibility, universal design, digital humanities.
Kim has taught the Academic Writing series of seminars for the past three years at the Centre for Translation Studies.
Starr, K.L. (2017) Audio Description and Cognitive Diversity: a bespoke approach to facilitating access to the emotional content in multimodal narrative texts for autistic audiences.PhD thesis. University of Surrey. Available at: https://surrey.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/44SUR_INST/bc11o4/alma99376656902346
Braun, S. and Starr, K. (2019) 'Finding the Right Words: Investigating Machine-Generated Video Description Quality Using a Corpus-Based Approach'. Journal of Audiovisual Translation, Vol.2 (2), pp.11-35.
Starr, K. and Braun, S. (2020) 'Audio Description 2.0: Re-versioning Audiovisual Accessibility to Assist Emotion Recognition', in Braun, S. and Starr, K. (Eds.) Innovations in Audio Description Research. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis. (forthcoming)
Braun, S. and Starr, K. (2020) Innovations in Audio Description Research. Abingdon:Taylor & Francis. (forthcoming)
Braun, S., Starr, K. and Laaksonen, J. (2020) 'Comparing Human and Automated Approaches to Visual Storytelling', in Braun, S. and Starr, K. (Eds.) Innovations in Audio Description Research. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis. (forthcoming)
IPCITI, 11th International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Interpreting, University of Edinburgh.
Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Surrey
ARSAD Conference, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Languages and the Media Conference, Berlin (3rd - 5th, October).
ARSAD Conference, 2019 (Barcelona, March 19th and 20th).
Media For All 8 Conference, Stockholm, 17th - 19th June, 2019.