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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

12-13 April 2019

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents paper 'Talking to the City: Post-Soviet Migrants in Russia's Urban Spaces on their Attachment to and Communication with the City' at the 'Multilingual Urban Space: Policy, Identity, Education' international conference at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow.

29-30 March 2019

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin presents paper 'The Teaching of Minority Languages in Russia' in the 2019 Annual Soyuz Symposium, University of Pittsburgh.

14-15 March 2019

Nationalism, Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity in the Digital Age, Durham University.

28 February 2019

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents paper 'The "Russian Word": Power and Potentiality in Russian Language Provision in Dushanbe' at 'Urban Multilingualism in Contemporary Moscow and Dushanbe' workshop at the Princess Dashkova Centre, Edinburgh University.

26 February 2019

Negotiating Identities in Post-Soviet Settings: Between Prescriptions and Personal Interpretations (Language & Identity in Post-Soviet Spaces Seminar), Elvet Riverside I, A29, 2-5pm. Download poster and programme.

20 February 2019

Dr Guzel Yusupova and Professor Andy Byford present on 'Policy Paper as Mode of Assessment' in the MLAC Work in Progress Seminars, ER141, 12 noon-1pm.