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Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)

Transnational Strand - Symposia & Seminars


Nationalism, Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity in the Digital Age (14-16 March 2019)

The symposium examines the role of digital media in transformations of nationhood, ethnicity and cultural diversity within and in-between states. For further details contact:

Decentred / Dissenting Connections: Envisioning Caribbean Film and Visual Cultures (29-30 May 2018)

This symposium re-envisions the Caribbean, creating connections between English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Creole languages. For further details contact:

‘Mutations in Citizenship’: Activist and Translational Perspectives on Migration and Mobility (23 March 2018)

The symposium explores how activists and migrants are expanding the concept of citizenship beyond the ‘terrain and imagination’ of the nation state and what role language plays in this.

Transnational Russian Studies (14-16 September 2017)

This symposium seeks to reposition the discipline of Russian Studies in a transnational framework. For further details contact:

Borders, Regimes, Disposability: A Symposium on Migration and State Violence (14-16 June 2017)

This symposium represents a conceptually innovative engagement with the ideological figurations of ‘migration’ and ‘the migrant’ in the contemporary world. For further details contact:

World Literature and New Totalitarianism (15-16 May 2017)

This symposium provides a forum where literary and cultural critics will be addressing the spectre of new totalitarianism currently hauting the globe. For further details contact:

Seminar Series

Language and Identity in the Post-Soviet Space

This series of events explores intersections of language and identity in the former Soviet space and beyond, among the global post-Soviet diasporas. Contact:

Transnational Cinemas

This series of seminars and workshops studies the transnational dimension of the cinematic medium in global film studies. Contact:

History of Innovation in the Humanities

This series of seminars and workshops explores key factors of innovative transformation in different areas of the humanities from a historical perspective. Contact:

Translation Repositioned: Commodity, Identity, Displacement

This series of seminars and workshops focuses on the cultural politics of translation in a comparative and cross-temporal way. Contact:

Body, Text, Nation

This series of seminars and workshops explores how texts intervene in a bodily vision of nationhood, examining various kinds of relationship between bodies, texts and nations. Contact: or

The Politics of the Muslim World

This series of events focuses on Muslim politics, Islamist movements, and Islamic political thought. Contact: