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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 the University of London’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, University of London), and the Transnational (co-led by Professors Andy Byford, MLAC and Anoush Ehteshami, SGIA, Durham University).

News & Announcements

28 July 2020

Dr Connor Doak represents the Transnational Russian Studies (LUP, 2019) volume at the Transnational Modern Languages: Introducing the Book Series webinar, organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research (3-5pm). See video recording.

1-5 June 2020

'Changing the Story': Online International Film Festival, organised by Professor Paul Cooke (University of Leeds), as part of his Digital Subaltern project.

27 March 2020

'The Transnational Turn in Russian Studies', by Connor Doak, Kevin M. F. Platt and Vlad Strukov, comes out in the ASEEES March 2020 Newsletter (vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 2-6).

25 March 2020

'Towards a Transnational Russian Studies' post, by Andy Byford, Connor Doak and Stephen Hutchings, comes out on the Liverpool University Press blog.

20 March 2020

Due to the Covid-19 global public-health emergency, the Transnational Strand of the Cross-Language Dynamics programme is suspending all events and research activities involving travel till further notice.