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Durham University

Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)

News, Events & Announcements Archive

January - June 2018

30 June 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova presents paper 'Methodological Challenges in Research of Online Solidarity in Defense of Minority Languages in Russia' at the 'Nations in Cyberspace' conference (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 28-30 June 2018).

28 June 2018

Dr Sergey Tyulenev, presents paper 'The Birth Pangs of a Future: Translating the World Literature into Vsemirnaia Literatura' at the World Literature in the Soviet Union workshop, Queen Mary University of London, 28-29 June 2018. See all workshop abstracts.

21 June 2018

Russia and the Russian Worlds: International, Multinational, Transnational, Hatfield College SCR, Durham, 10.30am.

15 June 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents on 'Teaching Russian, Learning Multilingualism: Narratives of Linguistic Conviviality in Language Provision for Migrant Learners' and Dr Konstantin Zamyatin on 'The Impact of Official Bilingualism in Ethnic Republics of Post-Soviet Russia on Language Attitudes' at the workshop on 'Post-Soviet Multilingualism and Language Attitudes', organised by Professor Lara Ryazanova-Clarke (Dashkova Centre, University of Edinburgh).

14 June 2018

Professor Mark N. Katz (George Mason University), Better than before? Comparing Moscow’s Cold War and Putin-era Policies toward Arabia and the Gulf, Sir William Luce Lecture, Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College, Durham, 12pm.

14 June 2018

Vitaly Kazakov's article 'After the Doping and Hooliganism Scandals, Russia Needs a Good World Cup comes out in The Independent.

13-14 June 2018

Identity, Legitimacy and Power in the Muslim World, IMEIS Annual Conference 2018. See full conference papers edited by Juline Beaujouan and published by Global Policy Journal.

12 June 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova presents on 'Researching (Potentially) Sensitive Topics in an Authoritarian Context: The Peculiarities of Social Research on Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Russia' at the workshop Everyday Nationalism in World Politics, part of the British International Studies Association annual conference in Bath.

12 June 2018

Vitaly Kazakov publishes 'Countering the Doping and Hooliganism Scandals: Why Russia Needs a Good World Cup' in The Conversation.

10-12 June 2018

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin presents on 'Ethnic Politics and State Building: Power Distribution Along the Ethnic Lines in Ethnic Republics of Post-Soviet Russia' at the Third Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies.

7 June 2018

A Roundtable Discussion of Professor Todd Reeser’s Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance (Chicago, 2015), part of the Translation Repositioned seminar series, Ritson Room, Department of Classics, 38 North Bailey, 4.30pm.

1 June 2018

Dr Abir Hamdar presents paper 'Staging Silence: Arab Women's Cancer in Wasafuli al-Sabr' at the Art, Materiality and Representation conference (British Museum and SOAS, London, 1-3 June 2018). See abstracts.

30 May 2018

Professor Lara Ryazanova-Clarke gives guest lecture ‘Linguistic Imaginaries of “Londongrad”: Speaking Russian on the London Streets in Fiction and Film’ at the School of Literatures and Literatures Research seminar, University of Sheffield.

29-30 May 2018

Decentred / Dissenting Connections: Envisioning Caribbean Film and Visual Cultures (Newcastle University). See full programme.

24-26 May

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents paper 'Language Provision and Translation Support for Post-Soviet Migrants in Russian Cities' at the 'Language, Translation, and Migration' conference, University of Warwick.

24 May 2018

Professor Debarati Sanyal (Berkeley), 'Poetics of Detention: Framing the Refugee "Crisis"', Body, Text, Nation seminar series (MLAC, ER142, 6pm).

3-5 May 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova presents paper 'Demotion of the Second State Languages in the Russian Ethnic Republics: Resistance from Below' in the panel 'National Identities Viewed from Inside-Out' at the 23rd ASN World Convention, Columbia University, New York.

2 May 2018

Dr Zoë Roth presents 'When is a Jewish Nose like Pornography' in MLAC's Work in Progress seminar, as contribution to the Body, Text, Nation seminar series (MLAC, ER153, 12pm).

23 April 2018

Professor Andy Byford publishes the After Herder: Modern Languages and the Divisibility of Humanity post on the CrossLangDyn research blog.

17 April 2018

Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián organises and chair the panel ‘Transversalities of Atlantic, Caribbean and Global North/South Studies’ at the conference 'Our Uncommon Ground: Modern Languages and Cultures in the 21st Century', Durham, 16-18 April 2018.

16 April 2018

Professors Stephen Hutchings, Yaron Matras, Catherine Davies, Andy Byford and Anoush Ehteshami present position papers on the future of Modern Languages at the conference ';Our Uncommon Ground: Modern Languages and Cultures in the 21st Century', Durham, 16-18 April 2018.

15 April 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents on 'Language Provision Activism for FSU Migrants in Russian Cities' and Professor Lara Ryazanova-Clarke presents paper ‘Gatekeeping Russianness: Narratives of Russophone Cultural Activists in London’, in the panel 'Russian in the City: Transnational Linguistic Encounters' at the BASSEES annual conference, Cambridge, 13-15 April 2018.

14 April 2018

Professor Stephen Hutchings and Vitaly Kazakov present the paper ‘From Russophone to Russophobe: Eurovision 2017 and Russian-speaking Social Media Audiences in the Age of the ‘Information War’, in the panel 'Russia and the "Information War": The Role of RT' at the BASSEES annual conference, Cambridge, 13-15 April 2018.

9-10 April 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents paper 'FSU Migrants on their 'Audibility' in Russian Urban Environments: Self-reflection, Communication Patterns and Performing Migrant Voices' at the Urban Linguistic Diversity conference, Institute of Linguistics RAS (Moscow, Russia).

1 April 2018

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin appointed as COFUND International Junior Research Fellow to work on the project 'The Meeting of the "Finno-Ugric" and "Russian Worlds": National Minorities on the EU-Russia Border'.

26-27 March 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents paper '"Language Borders" as Experienced by Post-Soviet Migrants in Russia', at the Language and Border: Rethinking Mobility, Migration and Space conference (Bristol University).

26 March 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova takes part in the workshop 'Russia’s 2018 Presidential Elections through the Regional Lenses' at King’s College London.

23 March 2018

‘Mutations in Citizenship’: Activist and Translational Perpsectives on Migration and Mobility in the Age of Globalisation (Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum, Manchester), featuring paper by Dr Polina Kliuchnikova on 'Testing Linguistic Competence of Would-be Citizens in the Russian Federation'. See the event's webpage.

21-22 March 2018

International Symposium on Translingual and Transcultural Studies (College of Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University, Zijingang Campus, Hangzhou, China), co-organised by Dr Qing Cao, with the participation of Professor Claudia Nitschke and Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián. See conference report.

21 March 2018

Vitaly Kazakov publishes 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Russian Sports Ambassadors as Agents of Soft Power in the Age of the “Information War”', Russian Analytical Digest 216, pp. 4-8.

13 March 2018

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin (Helsinki University), Language Policies in the Finno-Ugric Republics of Post-Soviet Russia:When Language Revival Fails?, in the Language & Identity in the Post-Soviet Space seminars (Durham, 4pm).

9 March 2018

Against the National Project: Memory and Mobility in Contemporary Colombian Cinema, part of the Transnational Cinemas seminars (MLAC, ER1, A29, 1pm-3.30pm).

5 March 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova gives introductory talk on 'Revisiting Theories of the Nation: Complexity and Nationalism' at the Winter Academy (Revisiting the Nation: Transnational Contact Zones in Eastern Europe), New Europe College, Bucharest, 26 Feb - 7 Mar 2018.

2 March 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova presents her project 'The Revitalization of Minority Languages in the Russian Federation: Authoritarian Statehood, Inter-Ethnic Solidarity and the Digital Media' at the Winter Academy (Revisiting the Nation: Transnational Contact Zones in Eastern Europe), New Europe College, Bucharest, 26 Feb - 7 Mar 2018.

28 February 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova presents her project 'Language Border: Russian in FSU Migration' at the Multilingual Manchester research seminars.

26 February - 1 March 2018

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova visits Manchester to learn about the city's initiatives in English-language provision for migrants associated with the Multilingual Manchester project. See report.

22 February 2018

Professor Gisèle Sapiro (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris), gives seminar+lecture on Literary Translation as a Vehicle of Intercultural Exchanges, part of the Translation Repositioned seminar series (MLAC, ER1).

21 February 2018

Dr Dan Hartley (University of Leeds), 'The Politics of Style: Towards a Marxist Poetics', Body, Text, Nation seminars (MLAC, ER1, A56, 5pm).

8 February 2018

Dr Abir Hamdar’s play Wasafuli al-Sabr ( I am waiting for you; وصفولي الصبر) performed as opening event of BBCC-6: Annual Beirut Breast Cancer Conference, marking World Cancer Day (NKBCI, AUBM, Saab Medical Library).

5 February 2018

Roundtable: The Troubled Triangle of the Islamic State, Iran, and Syria, in collaboration with Chatham House (2.15-5pm, Lindisfarne Conference Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham). See abstracts. Listen to the audio podcast.

1 February 2018

Dr Qing Cao gives lecture 'The Transmission of Political and Cultural Ideas in China's Modern Press' at the China Media Centre, University of Westminster.

31 January 2018

Dr Cécile Bishop (NYU), 'Photography, Race, and Invisibility: The Liberation of Paris, in Black and White', Body, Text, Nation seminars (MLAC, ER1, A56, 5pm).

25 January 2018

Professor Galin Tihanov (Queen Mary, University of London), World Literature, War, Revolution: Viktor Shklovsky’s Sentimental Journey (4.30pm, MLAC, Durham University, ER, A29).

18 January 2018

Dr Qing Cao gives lecture 'The Late Qing Press Debate and Its Impact on Modern China' in the Global Sinology Lecture Series at the Centre for Chinese Studies, National Library, Taipei, Taiwan.

17 January - 21 February 2018

Dr Guzel Yusupova offers a special, OWRI-affiliated and cross-departmental, six-week seminar course Nation-building in Contemporary Russia: Policy Analysis (Wednesdays, 2-4pm, Durham University, ER148).