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
1 December 2018
16 November 2018
Dr Konstantin Zamyatin presents on ‘Policy Formation in the Finno-Ugric Republics of Russia in the Post-Soviet Period: an Analysis of A Political Cycle’ at the conference Language Unity and Linguistic Diversity in а Polyethnic Country’, Research Center on Ethnic and Language Relations, Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 14-17 November 2018. See full programme (in Russian).
15-17 November 2018
Latin American Cinema and Environmental Politics: Colombia and Cuba (St Chad’s College, Durham University), workshop organised by Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián.
8 November 2018
8 November 2018
5 November 2018
Dr Abir Hamdar presents her Performing Arab Cancer project at the New Directions in Qualitative Health Research: From Patient Experiences to Participatory Action Research Conference, organised by DIPEx International at the University Medical Center in Groningen, Netherlands. A screening of her short film 'I am Waiting for You' (dir. Soha Choucair & Lina Abyad), follows the presentation.
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