Oakland, CA–March 11, 2016
Mills College Professor Carlota Caulfield is the featured artist at an international academic conference highlighting the culture and study of collecting April 8-9 in Toronto.
The conference, titled “On Nearness, Order, and Things: Collecting and Material Culture 1400 to Today,” is sponsored by the University of Toronto. Academics from around the world will present papers and lectures on the collection, display, and consumption of objects and luxury goods from 1400 to today. Presentations on collecting will be viewed through the lenses of anthropology, art history, economics, gender studies, moral philosophy, museology, scientific history and sociology.
At the conference, Caulfield will read from her book Fashionable, A Poet’s Passion for Style, and give a presentation on the varied collections of modern dancer Tortola Valencia, who lived from 1882 to 1955. Caulfield, said she is “honored” to be representing Mills College as an invited guest artist to a prestigious international conference.
“All my research on collecting, the collections of Tortola Valencia for example, and my writing and poetry on fashion are connected to my teaching at Mills College,” Caulfield said. “I’m bringing my poetry, my writing to my classes.”
At Mills College, Caulfield is head of the Spanish and Spanish American Studies programs, co-director of the new MFA in Translation program and study abroad advisor for Spain, Portugal and Latin America. She has worked at Mills College 24 years. Her professional interests include contemporary Iberian and Latin American cultures and literatures, the avant-garde and interdisciplinary approaches to art and poetry, Hispanic poetry, Hispanic women writers, Hispanic theater, Hispanic-Jewish literature, US Latino literature, and feminist critical theories.