AGM & ‘OWRI and beyond: The future of Modern Languages Research in the UK’


 The Plenary is open to all UCML member universities and Subject Associations and is free to attend.

In the morning there will be the Annual General Meeting: representatives of all paid-up member organisations are welcome. Reports from the Officers of the UCML Executive Committee and from Executive representatives of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be appended to this webpage.

The Afternoon Workshop focuses on ‘OWRI and beyond: The future of Modern Languages Research in the UK’.

Attendance is free of charge for all representatives of UCML member organisations. Registration for this event is now closed. PLEASE NOTE THAT NUMBERS FOR THIS EVENT ARE LIMITED TO 50


UCML Summer Plenary Afternoon Workshop

‘OWRI and Beyond: The Future of Modern Languages Research in the UK’

The Open World Research Initiative (OWRI), funded with up to £20 million of new government money through the AHRC, is intended to have a transformative effect not just on Modern Languages research in the UK, but on teaching in the third and second sectors as well as the public perception of our subject. Nine months after the launch of four major collaborative projects we invite the PIs and other research leaders to debate progress so far.

Discussion will be in two parts.

13.30 – 15.00  Panel 1         chair: Prof Julian Preece, Vice-chair Research

Each of the OWRI Principal Investigators will report on the progress of their projects, paying special attention to impact on research and teaching in Modern Languages. Presentations last 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions. Speakers listed below.


15.30 – 17.00  Panel 2          chair: Prof Michael Gratzke, UCML Chair

Four research leaders in Modern Languages debate their visions for the future of UK Modern Languages, followed by open discussion. Speakers listed below.



Prof Wendy Ayres-Bennett           OWRI PI Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies
Prof Catherine Boyle                     OWRI, PI, Language Acts and Worldmaking
Prof Yaron Matras                         OWRI, PI, Cross-Language Dynamics
Prof Katrin Kohl                            OWRI PI, Creative Multilingualism


Prof Charles Burdett                     PI, AHRC Translating Cultures project, Transnationalising Modern Languages
Prof Janice Carruthers                  Priority Area Lead Fellow in Modern Languages, AHRC
Prof Catherine Davies                  Director, Institute for Modern Languages Research
Prof Charles Forsdick                  AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow for Translating Cultures

Registration information

Registration for this event is now closed.


Time Session
10:30 – 11:00 Registration and coffee
11.00 – 12.30 AGM
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch (own arrangements)
13.30 – 17.00 Workshop

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