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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

10 December 2019

Dr Vitaly Nuriev (Russian Academy of Sciences), 'The Avant-texte as Methodological Tool in Translation Process Research', Translation Repositioned seminar series, Elvet Riverside I, A29, 11.00-12.30.

5 December 2019

The State of the State in the Middle East, Hatfield College, Durham University, 9.00am-5.30pm.

30 November 2019

Dr Qing Cao presents paper ‘Translating Concepts through Graphic Loans: The Case of Guomin in Late Imperial China’ at the workshop on Proletkult, School of Advanced Studies, London.

25 November 2019

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin presents paper 'A "Voluntary-Compulsory Choice": The Teaching of Minority Languages in Russia' in the panel 'Languages in School Education in the Post-Soviet Space: Policies, Discourses, Practices and Public Opinion' at the 2019 ASEEES convention in San Francisco, 23-26 November 2019.

24 November 2019

Dr Guzel Yusupova presents paper 'Between Fear and Solidarity: Social Media and Ethnic Minority Mobilisation in Russia' in the panel 'Civic Engagement, Identity, and Innovative Activism in Contemporary Russia' at the 2019 ASEEES convention in San Francisco, 23-26 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.