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Durham University

Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)

Transnational Strand - Research Subprojects

International Broadcasting and the Post-Soviet Russian-speaking Community

Professor Stephen Hutchings (University of Manchester) investigates the media’s role in shaping the contours and values of, and reflecting tensions and fractures within, the post-Soviet Russian-speaking community.

The Language Border: Russian in Former Soviet Union (FSU) Migration

Dr Polina Kliuchnikova and Professor Andy Byford study the role of 'Russian' as language of transnational interethnic communication in the context of migration from the former Soviet space to the Russian Federation.

The Revitalisation of Minority Languages in the Russian Federation

Dr Guzel Yusupova examines the impact of digital media on contemporary language revitalisation movements among ethnic minorities in the distinctive context of contemporary Russia's nationalising statehood.

Between the 'Finno-Ugric' and the 'Russian Worlds'

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin studies interactions between the policies of Estonia, Finland and Hungary directed at promoting Finno-Ugric minorities in Russia and Russia's policy in supporting ‘Russian-speakers’ in these countries.

The Transnationalism of Post-Soviet Cinemas

Dr Dušan Radunović studies articulations of transnationalism in the post-Soviet space, focusing on the cinemas of the Russian Federation and the Transcaucasian republics: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Transnational Theatre: 'New Drama' in the Post-Soviet Russophone Space

Professor Julie Curtis (University of Oxford) and Noah Birksted-Breen (Sputnik Theatre) investigate the rise of ‘new drama’ in the Russian-speaking space during the first two decades of the 21st century.

‘Global Russians’: Transnational Russophone Networks in the UK

Professor Lara Ryazanova-Clarke (University of Edinburgh) explores the construction, articulation and commodification of ‘global Russian’ identities and their place in the social and cultural life in the UK.

Atlantic Insularities: Languages of Exorbitance in Spanish-speaking Island Cultures

Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián engages in a critical examination of ‘ultra-peripheral’ insularity in the contemporary transnational, diasporic and postcolonial Atlantic, including the Canary Islands and the Hispanic Carribean.

Transnational Language, Transient Identities, and the Crisis of the State in the Arab Region

Professor Anoush Ehteshami traces the complexities of socio-cultural change at times of political upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the impact of ‘political Islam’.

That Disease: Cancer in the Arab World

Dr Abir Hamdar traces the production and reception of cancer discourses in a range of different cultural forms across Arab national and transnational contexts.

Can the Digital Subaltern Speak?: Remapping World Cinemas in the Digital Age

Professor Paul Cooke (University of Leeds) explores the way in which the production, distribution and consumption of audio‐visual texts in the digital age impacts on the expression of 'subaltern’ cultural identities.

Translating Modernity: The Migration of Western Ideas to China at the Turn of the 20th Century

Dr Qing Cao examines how Western ideas of 'modernity' were ‘translated' in China at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.