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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

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.

16 April 2018

Professors Stephen Hutchings, Yaron Matras, Catherine Davies, Andy Byford and Anoush Ehteshami.present position papers on the future of Modern Languages at the conference Our Uncommon Ground: Modern Languages and Cultures in the 21st Century, Durham, 16-18 April 2018.

15 April 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents paper 'Language Provision Activism for FSU Migrants in Russian Cities' in the panel on Russian in the City: Transnational Linguistic Encounters at the BASSEES annual conference, Cambridge, 13-15 April 2018.

14 April 2018

Professor Stephen Hutchings and Vitaly Kazakov present the paper ‘From Russophone to Russophobe: Eurovision 2017 and Russian-speaking Social Media Audiences in the Age of the ‘Information War’, in the panel 'Russia and the "Information War": The Role of RT' at the BASSEES annual conference, Cambridge, 13-15 April 2018.

9-10 April 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents paper 'FSU Migrants on their 'Audibility' in Russian Urban Environments: Self-reflection, Communication Patterns and Performing Migrant Voices' at the Urban Linguistic Diversity conference, Institute of Linguistics RAS (Moscow, Russia).

1 April 2018

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin appointed as COFUND International Junior Research Fellow to work on the project 'The Meeting of the "Finno-Ugric" and "Russian Worlds": National Minorities on the EU-Russia Border'.

26-27 March 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents paper '"Language Borders" as Experienced by Post-Soviet Migrants in Russia', at the Language and Border: Rethinking Mobility, Migration and Space conference (Bristol University).

26 March 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova takes part in the workshop 'Russia’s 2018 Presidential Elections through the Regional Lenses' at King’s College London.

23 March 2018

‘Mutations in Citizenship’: Activist and Translational Perpsectives on Migration and Mobility in the Age of Globalisation (Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum, Manchester), featuring paper by Dr Polina Kliuchnikova on 'Testing Linguistic Competence of Would-be Citizens in the Russian Federation'. See the event's webpage.

Contact Details

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