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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

9-11 June 2019

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin presents paper ‘A “Voluntary-Compulsory Choice”: The Teaching of Minority Languages in Russia’, Fourth Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies: Communities in Flux: Rethinking Sovereignty and Identity in an Era of Change, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Science, Tartu University, Estonia.

4-7 June 2019

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin presents paper ‘Policy Formation in the Finno-Ugric Republics of Russia in the Post-Soviet Period: Problems, Ideologies, Compromises’ at the All-Russia Finno-Ugrist conference: The Finno-Ugric World in a Polyethnic Space of Russia: Cultural Heritage and New Challenges, Udmurt State University, Izhevsk, Russia.

13 May 2019

The International in a National: Translation as a Factor of the National Evolution, Durham University.

8 May 2019

Dr Elena Ostrovskaya (Higher School of Economics, Moscow), The Mystery of The Red Earth: Harold Heslop, Soviet Literary Institutions, and World Literature (Elvet Riverside I, A29, 5pm).

6 May 2019

May Day Rally: Exploring Historic Links between Mining Communities in Britain and Russia, Redhills, Miners' Hall, Flass Street, Durham, 12.30-6.30pm.

2-4 May 2019

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin presents paper 'Russian Political Regime Change and Strategies of Diversity Management' at the 2019 ASN World Convention, Columbia University, New York.

1 May 2019

Dr Dušan Radunović introduces Sergey Loznitsa's new film Donbass (2019) at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle (6pm screening).

26 April 2019

Dr Guzel Yusupova presents on ‘Social Media and Oppositional Coordination of Russian Ethnic Minorities’ at the British Sociology Association (BSA) 2019 Annual Conference, Glasgow (24-26 April 2019).