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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 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

3-5 November 2017

Dr Qing Cao gives keynote lecture 'New Episteme in Late Qing China and Its Impact on Modernity Discourse' at the 7th International Conference on New Discourses in Contemporary China in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province.

18 October 2017

Professor Andrei Zorin (University of Oxford), The Invention of Russian 18th-Century Studies: Humanities and the Internalization of Ideology under Stalin (4.30pm, MLAC, Durham University, ER1, A29).

1 October - 31 December 2017

Dr Qing Cao will spend three months as research fellow at the International Centre for Chinese Studies of the National Library in Taipei, Taiwan, working on his OWRI project.

29 September - 8 October 2017

What's Left? A Century in Revolution, special programme of cinema screenings, visual art, talks and discussion, co-curated by Durham's OWRI team and presented at Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.

14-16 September 2017

Transnational Russian Studies, international symposium taking place at Durham University.

8 August 2017

'I am waiting for you', the play by Abir Hamdar on Arab women's experiences of cancer, is performed at the LAU Medical Centre - Rizk Hospital. This is the first time that adult theatre goes to a hospital in the region.

21-30 July 2017

'I am waiting for you', a play on Arab women's experiences of cancer, written by Abir Hamdar and based on interviews with female cancer patients, is performed at the Madina Theater in Beirut, Lebanon. See further details.


Contact Details

OWRI @ Durham
Durham University
Elvet Riverside, New Elvet
Durham, DH1 3JT
+44 (0)191 33 43316
owri.cldrc@durham.ac.uk