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

23 June 2019

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin presents paper ‘Russian Political Regime Change and Strategies of Diversity Management: From a Multinational Federation towards a Nation-State’ at the Russian Readings workshop, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford (22-24 June 2019).

21 June 2019

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin takes part in the Proletkult and the Languages of Modernity workshop, School of Advanced Studies, University of London.

18 June 2019

Student policy papers (by Katherine Davis, Rozalind Firth, Sean Hannigan, Isla McCay and Andrea Vismara), produced for the Nation-building and Identity Politics in Contemporary Russia course, run by Dr Guzel Yusupova, are published.

17 June 2019

The Consequences and Implications of Daesh Military Defeat workshop, Centre for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan, Amman.

13 June 2019

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Evaluation, Lessons Learned and Future Prospects, IMEIS Annual Conference 2019, SGIA, al-Qasimi Building, Room 102, 9am-5.30pm.

13 June 2019

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin gives lecture on the ethnolinguistic situation and ethnic politics in the Mari Republic at the Summer School of the Department of Finnish and Finno-Ugrian Languages, University of Turku, Finland.