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Durham University

Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)

Transnational Strand - Outreach & Impact

Local Outreach in Durham County

In collaboration with Durham County Council, Dr Polina Kliuchnikova and a team of language tutors from Durham University led by Dr Marcela Cazzoli (MLAC) are running a programme of outreach activities in the local community, developing new ways of increasing interest in and takeup of languages in the North East of England.

Developing World Cinema Audiences

In collaboration with Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, a Durham-based team of researchers, led by Dr Dušan Radunović, is developing programmes of activities, including film festivals and related events, that will deploy world cinema as a mode and means of confronting and addressing some of the critical issues facing the contemporary world.

Influencing Policy on Radical Islam

Working with the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, Professor Anoush Ehteshami and his team are engaging with policy communities on matters related to political Islam in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Performing Cancer in the Middle East

As part of her project on cultures of cancer in the Arab World, Dr Abir Hamdar is co-producing a theatre performance on this topic, based on interviews with cancer patients and in consultation with oncologists at the American University of Beirut Medical Centre (AUBMC). The performance, directed by Lina Abyad, will take place in Beirut in the Summer of 2017. Its aim is to raise cultural awareness of the politics of talking about, and caring for, cancer patients in the Arab region.

Language Policies in the Former-Soviet Space

Research carried out by Dr Polina Kliuchnikova, Dr Guzel Yusupova and Dr Konstantin Zamyatin examine contemporary language policies in and across the multilingual and multinational geopolitical area that was once the Soviet Union and its immediate environs. The projects focus especially on language policies that relate to minorities and migrants. This research aims to inform and enhance policymaking in this domain.