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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

10-12 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).

10 July 2019

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents paper 'Language Performance and Metalinguistic Reflexivity among Post-Soviet Migrants in Russian Cities' at the 5th International Conference 'Andalusian Slavic Studies Workdays' (9-11 July 2019, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Granada, Spain).

8 July 2019

Roundtable: Post-IS MENA Regional Politics, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London.

1-5 July 2019

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin carries out a research visit to the Institute of History, Language and Literature of the Komi Scientific Center of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Syktyvkar, Komi Republic, Russia.

1 July 2019

Dr Guzel Yusupova publishes paper 'Tatarstan’s Paradiplomacy with the Islamic World' on the Central Asia Program portal (part of 'Russia's Islamic Diplomacy', CAP paper 220, edited by Marlene Laruelle).