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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 November 2017

Professor Lara Ryazanova-Clarke (Edinburgh) gives keynote lecture ‘I am a European person but have Russian values’ at the conference Perceptions of Russia in the Contemporary World, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu.

28 November 2017

Dr Dušan Radunović, Bakhtin and the Institutionalisation of Knowledge in the Russian Humanities (4pm, MLAC, Durham University, ER1, A29).

17 November 2017

Dr Amjed Rasheed & Miss Juline Beaujouan, The Kurdish Krisis (1pm, IMEIS, SGIA, Durham University, IM222).

16 November 2017

Call for proposals for the volume The Film Archipelago: Islands in Latin American Cinema, edited by Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián (Durham University) & Antonio Gómez (Tulane University).

11 November 2017

Overstepping Transnational Boundaries: 21st-century Theatre and Drama panel at the 49th ASEEES annual convention in Chicago.

3-5 November 2017

Dr Qing Cao gives keynote lecture 'New Episteme in Late Qing China and Its Impact on Modernity Discourse' at the 7th International Conference on New Discourses in Contemporary China in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province.

26-27 October 2017

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents the paper 'Pride vs. Profit: On Language Aspects of Migrant Experiences of Post-Soviet Migrants in Contemporary Russia' at the New Trends and Directions of Migration conference, taking place at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Contact Details

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