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Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)

News, Events & Announcements Archive

July - December 2018

1-2 December 2018

Dr Abir Hamdar 's play Wasafuli al-Sabr [I am Waiting for You], directed by Lina Abyad, was performed in Nabatiyeh, South Lebanon, hosted by the Nabih Berri Government University Hospital, and also in Sanayeh House, Beirut.

1 December 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova presents at the Russian Readings conference, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford (30 November - 1 December 2018).

16 November 2018

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin presents on ‘Policy Formation in the Finno-Ugric Republics of Russia in the Post-Soviet Period: an Analysis of A Political Cycle’ at the conference Language Unity and Linguistic Diversity in а Polyethnic Country, Research Center on Ethnic and Language Relations, Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 14-17 November 2018. See full programme (in Russian).

15-17 November 2018

Latin American Cinema and Environmental Politics: Colombia and Cuba (St Chad’s College, Durham University), workshop organised by Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián.

15 November 2018

Professor Paul Cooke runs an Expert Consultation Workshop at the Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut as part of his Digital Subaltern project. See list of participants.

10 November 2018

Films I am waiting for you by Paloma Yanez Serrano and Benjamin Llorens Rocamora of the of The Big Tree Collective, and HiKifakCaVa by Professor Paul Cooke are featured at the Language and Identity: Explorations Through Film mini festival (screenings and discussion with filmmakers), The former Cornerhouse, Manchester.

8 November 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova, Dr Guzel Yusupova and Dr Konstantin Zamyatin attend the AHRC OWRI Postdoctoral Training Day at the IMLR (Senate House, Room G11) in London.

8 November 2018

Dr Amjed Rasheed and Juline Beaujouan give lecture 'Syrian Crisis, Syrian Refugees' to masters' students studying at the Department of Politics, University of York.

5 November 2018

Dr Abir Hamdar presents her Performing Arab Cancer project at the New Directions in Qualitative Health Research: From Patient Experiences to Participatory Action Research Conference, organised by DIPEx International at the University Medical Center in Groningen, Netherlands. A screening of her short film 'I am Waiting for You' (dir. Soha Choucair & Lina Abyad), follows the presentation.

1 November 2018

Intercultural Education in Russia Today: How Schoolteachers Help their Pupils Look beyond the Country's Borders, roundtable discussion with educators from Kostroma, Russia (ER157, 4-5.30pm).

25 October 2018

Dr Amjed Rasheed and Juline Beaujouan publish their paper IS’ Discursive Power in the Middle East (al-Sabah Paper 25, October 2018).

24-26 October 2018

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin presents on 'Russian Political Regime Change and Strategies of Diversity Management: From a Multinational Federation towards a Nation-State' at the 18th Annual Aleksanteri Conference, University of Helsinki.

17 October 2018

The 2018 Football World Cup in Russia: Cultural Impact and International Reception, workshop and round table (ER142, 3.30-5.30pm). Download programme.

15 October 2018

Professor Andy Byford publishes post titled 'Language and Community, Tribe and Territory: Bridging Modern Languages with Area, Heritage and Locality Studies' on the CrossLangDyn research blog.

12-13 October 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova presents on 'Connective Action Advancing (Inter-)Ethnic Solidarity: Resistance to the Demotion of Minority Languages in Russia' at the 'Urban Activism and the Development of Civil Society in the Russian Federation' conference, Indiana University Global Gateway Network, Berlin.

11 October 2018

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin presents on 'The Right to Native Language Teaching and the Free Choice of Language Teaching in Russia' at the conference 'Fulfilling Indigenous Peoples’ and Minority Rights to Culture and Language', Senate House, University of London.

4 October 2018

Andy Byford and Juline Beaujouan contribute to the CrossLangDyn workshop 'Languages, Community and Area Studies: Reflections on Concepts and Delivery', organized by Stephen Hutchings and Yaron Matras in Manchester.

27-30 September 2018

Screening the Nation: Georgia, 1918-2018, special programme of screenings and discussion at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, curated by Dr Dušan Radunović. Download the programme flyer. The programme includes the academic workshop Cinema and Nation: Spotlight Georgia (28 September 2018, 10am-1pm, MLAC, Durham, ER A29).

26-27 September 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents paper 'Voices on the Move: Narratives of Mobility and (Trans)Linguistic Performance of Post-Soviet Migrants in Russia’s Urban Environments' at the 3rd International Conference on the Sociolinguistics of Immigration, Sestri Levante (organised by the University of Turin).

18 September 2018

Roundtable: Syrian Crisis, Syrian Refugees: The Cases of Jordan and Lebanon, organised by Dr Amjed Rasheed and Juline Beaujouan, taking place at SGIA, al-Qasimi Building, Room 201, 9:30am-5pm. See full programme.

17-21 September 2018

Professor Paul Cooke runs a Planning and Training Workshop with the British Council and UMAM Documentation and Research at the Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut as part of his Digital Subaltern project.

17-20 September 2018

Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián organises the workshop 'Beyond Ruins, the Submerged and the Emerging: Visions of Space and Its Flights in Recent Latin American Cinema' at Colombia's National Cinemathèque, Cinemateca Distrital de Bogotá. See poster.

12-15 September 2018

Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián runs, as visiting scholar, a research module on Caribbean and Latin American cinemas and environments in Global South contexts for the MA in Visual Culture Practice and Research, Facultad de Comunicaciones, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia. See poster.

11 September 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova publishes op-ed titled 'Russia is Cracking Down on Minority Languages – But a Resistance Movement is Growing' in The Conversation. See also the republished version on the Durham University website.

6-8 September 2018

Researchers affiliated with the CrossLangDyn Transnational Strand give papers at the 2nd International Conference on Sociolinguistics (ICS.2), Budapest (organised by Eötvös Loránd University). Professor Lara Ryazanova-Clarke presents on 'Discourses of Russophone Cultural Activists in the UK', Dr Polina Kliuchnikova on 'Discourses on Language Proficiency and Performance Among FSU Migrants in Russian Cities' and Dr Konstantin Zamyatin on 'Revivalist Policy Impact in the Finno-Ugric Republics of Russia'.

6 September 2018

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin publishes blog post 'A “Voluntary-Compulsory Choice”: The Law on Voluntary Study of Languages in Russia Marks a Policy Shift' for the International Centre for Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity Studies, Prague, Czechia.

2 August 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova presents on 'Digital Media and Tatar Language' at the 8th World Forum of Tatar Youth in Kazan, Russia.

19 July 2018

Student policy papers (by Kamila Godzinska, Arina Kalyavina and Gala Perkins), produced as part of the Nation-building in Contemporary Russia course, run by Dr Guzel Yusupova, have been published.

15 July 2018

Juline Beaujouan publishes a two-part paper on the effects of the Syrian conflict and the problem of Syrian refugees in Jordan (Part I) and Lebanon (Part II). These reports are based on her recent HEFCE-funded fieldwork in the region.

12 July 2018

Dr Abir Hamdar awarded the Durham University Impact Award for her project Performing Cancer in the Middle East based around the performance of her play 'I am waiting for you' (وصفولي الصبر).

11 July 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova runs outreach workshops on Russian langauge, geography and culture at Durham University for the Whytrig Middle School, Whitley Bay.

9 July 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova runs outreach workshops on Russia and the Russian language at Langley Moor Primary School, County Durham.

3 July 2018

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin publishes blog post on 'Minority Language Education in Russia: Enforcing the Voluntary Teaching of Non-Russian Languages' for the International Centre for Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity Studies, Prague, Czechia. The same paper was presented in Russian at the conference on ‘Principles of Teaching Native Languages and State Languages of Republics of the Russian Federation’, Institute of History, Tatarstan Academy of Sciences, Kazan, Russian Federation on 11 July 2018.