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Cultural Exchange: Russia and the West
The University of Bristol held a one-day postgraduate conference which explored the nature of cultural exchanges between Russia and the West. This unique conference was an opportunity to re-examine artistic creativity during the twentieth century, a time of revolutionary and ideological change, and to look at cultural connections between Russia, Europe and the United States.
Russian history is marked by key moments of contact and exchange which have shaped and transformed its cultural heritage. The conference's aim was to trace the history of cultural production during a period of artistic and political evolution within and outside of Russia. The development of Russian culture within national and international contexts was considered with a focus on art, literature and music. We challenged the idea that Russia was isolated by geography and politics.
A primary focus was to examine key moments of contact between Russian artists, writers and composers in different contexts and to explore emigration and moments of cultural interaction. These contacts across geographic, political and cultural boundaries are essential to our understanding of the development of Russian art and culture.
Current postgraduate students, recent PhD recipients and researchers working on areas of Russian scholarship from a range of academic fields attended the conference. The day allowed the cross-pollination of ideas and foster debate across a number of different disciplines. Postgraduates from a range of different disciplines including art history, history, literature, politics, film, music and cultural studies attended this event.
Three panel sessions:
- Cultural Connections: Russia and the European avant-garde
- Art, Patronage and Display: Cultural exchange between Russia and the United States
- Stalin and the West: Interpretation and Representation of the Soviet Union
Call for papers and overview: