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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 one of the four major 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.

Durham’s researchers are part of the consortium led by Professor Stephen Hutchings (University of Manchester) and built around a large interdisciplinary programme of research titled Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community (CrossLangDyn).

The consortium 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 Dr Andy Byford, MLAC and Professor Anoush Ehteshami, SGIA, Durham University).

News & Announcements

16-17 June 2017

Londongrad and Londongradians: Identities, Imaginaries and Cultural Practices of Russians in the UK, Princess Dashkova Centre, University of Edinburgh.

14-16 June 2017

Borders, Regimes, Disposability: A Symposium on Migration and State Violence, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University.

1 June 2017

Dr Ilya Kalinin (St Petersburg State University), How Lenin's Language was Made: The Meeting of the Poetic and the Political in Russian Formalism (1pm, MLAC, Durham University, ER1, A29).

25-27 May 2017

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents the paper 'Russophonism in Flux: Language Practices and New Identities of Russian-speaking Migrants in the UK’ as part of the panel Russians Abroad: Creating the World Around’ at the conference titled ‘On the Other Side and Beyond’ organised by the Centre for Independent Sociological Research in St Petersburg.

19 May 2017

European Cinema: Perspectives on Post-Democracy and the Crisis of the European Project (10am-3.30pm, Baines Wing, SR2.37, University of Leeds). See programme.

16 May 2017

World Literature and New Totalitarianism, IMLR, SAS, University of London. See programme.

5 May 2017

Digital and Quantitative Methods for the Study of Screen Cultures (12.30-4pm, Charles Thackrah, SR1.04, University of Leeds).

Contact Details

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