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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

17 October 2018

The 2018 Football World Cup in Russia: Cultural Impact and International Reception, workshop and round table, (ER142, 3.30-5.30pm). Download programme.

27-30 September 2018

Screening the Nation: Georgia, 1918-2018, special programme of screenings and discussion at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, curated by Dr Dušan Radunović. Download the programme flyer. The programme includes the academic workshop Cinema and Nation: Spotlight Georgia (28 September 2018, 10am-1pm, MLAC, Durham, ER A29).

26-27 September 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents paper 'Voices on the Move: Narratives of Mobility and (Trans)Linguistic Performance of Post-Soviet Migrants in Russia’s Urban Environments' at the 3rd International Conference on the Sociolinguistics of Immigration, Sestri Levante (organised by the University of Turin).

18 September 2018

Roundtable: Syrian Crisis, Syrian Refugees: The Cases of Jordan and Lebanon, organised by Dr Amjed Rasheed and Juline Beaujouan, taking place at SGIA, al-Qasimi Building, Room 201, 9:30am-5pm. See full programme.

17-20 September 2018

Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián organises the workshop 'Beyond Ruins, the Submerged and the Emerging: Visions of Space and Its Flights in Recent Latin American Cinema' at Colombia's National Cinemathèque, Cinemateca Distrital de Bogotá. See poster.

12-15 September 2018

Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián runs, as visiting scholar, a research module on Caribbean and Latin American cinemas and environments in Global South contexts for the MA in Visual Culture Practice and Research, Facultad de Comunicaciones, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia. See poster.