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CAMBRIDGE, UK | Organizers of “Cultural Exchange: Russia and the West II” have issued a call for papers for its follow-up symposium which will take place on December 10, 2022 at the University of Cambridge.

The first “Cultural Exchange” conference took place in 2011 at the University of Bristol. The two academics organizing the 2013 follow-up, Theodora Clarke and Cinthia Willaman, are interested this time around in papers that re-examine the artistic links between the two regions both before and after the Revolution of 1917. The focus will be on the visual arts in Russia during the 19th and 20th centuries, both periods of revolutionary and ideological change.

“The aim is to trace the historical web of cultural connections between Russia, Europe and the United States through factors such as emigration and moments of cultural interaction,” stated the call for papers. Deadline for the submission of paper proposals is August 30, 2013.

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Russian history is marked by key moments of contact and exchange which have shaped and transformed its cultural heritage. The conference will challenge the notion that Russia was isolated by geography and politics by considering the development of Russian art within national and international contexts.

A primary focus will be to examine key moments of contact between Russian artists, architects, designers and film makers and their international counterparts. These contacts across geographic, political and cultural boundaries are essential to our understanding of the development of Russian art and culture.

Dr Rosalind P. Blakesley, co-editor of Russian Art and the West: A Century of Dialogue in Painting, Architecture, and the Decorative Arts and co-director of CCRAC (Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre), will be the keynote speaker.

Current postgraduate researchers or recent PhD recipients working on areas of Russian/Soviet art are invited to apply. Abstracts of 300 words are invited from research students. Please email including your name, institutional affiliation and the title of your proposed twenty minute paper and full contact information (address, phone number, and email).

This conference forms part of the CCRAC conference series. For more information please visit

Organised by Theodora Clarke (PhD candidate, University of Bristol) and Cinthia Willaman (PhD candidate, University of Cambridge). This conference has been kindly sponsored by Russian Art and Culture and the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge.

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