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Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)

Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)

Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community

Durham’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC) and School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) are key contributors to Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community (CrossLangDyn), one of the four large, interdisciplinary research programmes that the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is funding as part of its Open World Research Initiative (OWRI).

OWRI represents a major investment by the AHRC in its priority area of Modern Languages. It is designed to foreground and explore the central role that languages play in relation to key contemporary issues, such as social cohesion, migration, health, business and diplomacy. The initiative aims to have a significant positive impact on the study of Modern Languages in the UK.

The Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community consortium is led by Professor Stephen Hutchings (University of Manchester). It is made up of three core partner institutions – University of Manchester, Durham University, and London University’s Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Studies. It includes further collaborative partnerships with a number of other universities, in the UK and abroad, as well as a wide range of non-academic organisations, from sixth-form colleges and local councils to arts institutions, cultural diplomacy networks and foreign-policy think tanks.

The consortium’s programme is structured into three interconnected research strands – the Multilingual (led by Professor Yaron Matras, University of Manchester), the Translingual (led by Professor Catherine Davies, IMLR, SAS, London University), and the Transnational (co-led by Professors Andy Byford, MLAC and Anoush Ehteshami, SGIA, Durham University).

News & Announcements

29 June 2018

Dr Qing Cao chairs meeting in London with Professor Jie Wang (Zhejiang University) to discuss publication project emerging out of the Symposium on Translingual and Transcultural Studies (Zhejiang University, 21-22 March 2018).

28-30 June 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova presents paper 'Methodological Challenges in Research of Online Solidarity in Defense of Minority Languages in Russia' at the 'Nations in Cyberspace' conference (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary).

15 June 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents paper 'Teaching Russian, Learning Multilingualism: Narratives of Linguistic Conviviality in Language Provision for Migrant Learners' at the workshop on 'Post-Soviet Multilingualism and Language Attitudes' (Princess Dashkova Centre, University of Edinburgh).

13-14 June 2018

Identity, Legitimacy and Power in the Muslim World, IMEIS Annual Conference 2018. Download registration form.

12 June 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova presents on 'Researching (Potentially) Sensitive Topics in an Authoritarian Context: The Peculiarities of Social Research on Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Russia' at the workshop Everyday Nationalism in World Politics, part of the British International Studies Association annual conference in Bath.

1 June 2018

Dr Abir Hamdar presents paper 'Staging Silence: Arab Women's Cancer in Wasafuli al-Sabr' at the Art, Materiality and Representation conference (British Museum and SOAS, London, 1-3 June 2018). See abstracts.

29-30 May 2018

Decentred / Dissenting Connections: Envisioning Caribbean Film and Visual Cultures (Newcastle University). See full programme and details on how to register.

24-26 May

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents a paper 'Language Provision and Translation Support for Post-Soviet Migrants in Russian Cities' at the 'Language, Translation, and Migration' conference, University of Warwick.

3-5 May 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova presents paper 'Demotion of the Second State Languages in the Russian Ethnic Republics: Resistance from Below' in the panel 'National Identities Viewed from Inside-Out' at the 23rd ASN World Convention, Columbia University, New York.

Contact Details

OWRI @ Durham
Durham University
Elvet Riverside, New Elvet
Durham, DH1 3JT
+44 (0)191 33 43316