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Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)

History of Innovation in the Humanities

This series of seminars and workshops explores key factors of innovative transformation in different areas of the humanities, especially those of relevance to Modern Languages. Particular attention is paid to the multilingual, translingual and transnational character of the humanities as an intellectual domain and area of knowledge production. Crucial is also the problem of disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity in the humanities, including ways in which the latter intersect with or differentiate from the social and natural sciences. A full range of approaches is deployed, from the sociology of knowledge to the history of ideas, from discourse analysis to the philosophy of science.

For further detail on the above series contact:


28 November 2017

Dr Dušan Radunović, Bakhtin and the Institutionalisation of Knowledge in the Russian Humanities (4pm, MLAC, Durham University, ER1, A29).

18 October 2017

Professor Andrei Zorin (Oxford), The Invention of Russian 18th-Century Studies: Humanities and the Internalization of Ideology under Stalin (4.30pm, MLAC, Durham University, ER1, A29).

1 June 2017

Dr Ilya Kalinin (St Petersburg State University), How Lenin's Language was Made: The Meeting of the Poetic and the Political in Russian Formalism (1pm, MLAC, Durham University, ER1, A29).

7 March 2017

Dr Julian Hamann (Bonn), The Formation of the German Humanities as a Thing of Boundaries (4pm, MLAC, Durham University, ER153).