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Durham University

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

27 March 2020

'The Transnational Turn in Russian Studies', by Connor Doak, Kevin M. F. Platt and Vlad Strukov, comes out in the ASEEES March 2020 Newsletter (vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 2-6).

25 March 2020

'Towards a Transnational Russian Studies' post, by Andy Byford, Connor Doak and Stephen Hutchings, comes out on the Liverpool University Press blog.

20 March 2020

Due to the Covid-19 global public-health emergency, the Transnational Strand of the Cross-Language Dynamics programme is suspending all events and research activities involving travel till further notice.

9 March 2020

Peer Exchange Workshop: Insights of Recent Research about the Development of Salafi-Jihadism in the MENA Region and Entry Points for Conflict Transformation, Hotel Rotana Raouche Arjaan, Beirut, 9.30am-5pm.

6 March 2020

'Transnationalizing Russian Studies: A New Intervention', by Stephen Hutchings, Connor Doak and Andy Byford, comes out in the BASEES Newsletter no. 28 (March 2020), p. 5.

20 February 2020

'All the Russias: A Transnational Approach', by Andy Byford, Connor Doak and Stephen Hutchings, is published on the blog of the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.