The Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre has sent out the first edition of its newsletter. Full text below: Dear All,  This is the inaugural issue of the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC) newsletter, which in its first appearance would like to explain the aims of this new project, and to present a list of forthcoming events which are organised by CCRAC.  The Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC) is a joint initiative between the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge, and The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, to provide a forum for the investigation of Russian and Soviet art. Arising from significant research over many years among faculty and graduate students in both institutions, it aims to stimulate debate, support collaborative work, and generate and disseminate research on all aspects of the visual arts, architecture, design, and exhibitions in Russia and the Soviet Union. The University of Cambridge and The Courtauld Institute of Art have both pioneered undergraduate and graduate teaching in these areas. Members of staff have also been involved in many ventures to take the study of Russian art and architecture further afield, through exhibitions, museum displays, work with schools, and the broadcast media. CCRAC builds on this expertise to provide a new focus for the investigation of Russian art, taking research and interest to a new level, while at the same time creating a dynamic interface between cutting-edge research and the subject’s growing audiences outside academia. Further to the list of forthcoming events listed below, please find attached a call for papers for the next CCRAC conference ‘On the Spiritual in Russian Art’ which will be held in Cambridge on 7 Spetember 2012. Abstracts should be sent to Louise Hardiman (lah45@cam.ac.uk) and Nicola Kozicharow (nlek2@cam.ac.uk) by 15 April 2012.  Forthcoming CCRAC events: 1 May 2012, 14:00-17:00 Location: Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art Discussion panel with Professor Jean-Louis Cohen (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) on the subject of ‘Americanizm in Soviet Architecture’.  Organised by Dr Maria Mileeva                         7 September 2012 Location: Pembroke College, University of Cambridge Conference ‘On the Spiritual in Russian Art’ Organised by Louise Hardiman (University of Cambridge) and Nicky Kozicharow (University of Cambridge)  20 – 21 September 2012 Location: The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Pembroke College, and the University Library, University of Cambridge  Conference ‘Design without Frontiers: Interdisciplinarity and Collaboration in Soviet Art, Architecture and Design’ Organised by Dr Rosalind P Blakesley (University of Cambridge), Dr Emma Widdis (University of Cambridge) and Mel Bach (Cambridge University Library) 2 – 3 November 2012  Location: Kenneth Clarke Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art Conference ‘Russian Culture in Exile. 1921-1953’ Organised by Dr Natalia Murray (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Dr Maria Kokkori (The Art Institute of Chicago) 22 – 23 February 2013   Location: Kenneth Clarke Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art Conference ‘Utopia III: Russian Art and Culture, 1989 and Beyond’ Organised by Dr Klara Kemp-Welch (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Elizaveta Butakova (The Courtauld Institute of Art) For further information on any of these activities, or on past events, please visit the CCRAC website at:  www.ccrac.org.uk For any enquiries about past or future CCRAC events please contact:  enquiries@ccrac.org.uk CCRAC policy on future events: CCRAC aims to facilitate, encourage and collaborate in promoting the study of Russian and/or Soviet art and culture, through conferences and comparable activities. While CCRAC actively welcomes suggestions and proposals in relation to this aim, no projects can be presented under the heading, name, or logo of the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC) without written permission from the co-directors in Cambridge University and/or the Courtauld Institute of Art. Proposals to CCRAC will be considered in relation to location, timing, and funding, as well as balance of interests and organisational responsibility in any collaboration. Directors: Dr Rosalind Polly Blakesley (rpg27@cam.ac.uk) Pembroke College Cambridge CB2 1RF Professor John Milner (john.milner@courtauld.ac.uk) The Courtauld Institute of Art Somerset House Strand London WC2R 0RN Administrator: Dr Maria Mileeva (maria.mileeva@courtauld.ac.uk) Department of History of Art University of Cambridge 1 Scroope Terrace Cambridge CB2 1PX