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
30 November 2019
16-17 November 2019
Dr Qing Cao organises the panel ‘A Comparative Study of Modernities in a Global Context' and presents paper ‘Materiality and Spirituality in the Transmission of Western Ideas in Early-20th-Century China’ at the 8th International Forum on Marxist Aesthetics: Contemporary Aesthetics and Studies of Material Culture, Zhejiang University, China.
21 September 2019
Dr Qing Cao presents paper ‘Linguistic Construction of "National People" in Late Qing’ at the International Conference of Chinese Sociolinguistics, Shanghai, China (20-22 September 2019).
4-5 September 2019
Grand Strategy: Mapping the Contemporary Middle East, Al Qasimi Building, Durham University, Room 102.
10-12 July 2019
Borders, Regimes, Disposability: A Symposium on Migration and State Violence, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University. See full programme (with abstracts and biographies of speakers).
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