Rodrigo Martini Paula: "Monkey See, Monkey Do: Mimicry and Ersatz Representation."

Rodrigo Martini Paula's presentation offered a crash course on the perverse and all-too-telling resemblance of taxidermic practices and philosophies to the scientistic disposition in the era of the ersatz. Focusing on the philosophies of taxidermy espoused by narrators in early-twentieth-century surrealist literature, Rodrigo uncovered how a misogynistic and violent discourse subtends the modern scientistic preoccupation with obtaining complete knowledge of the natural world (through often instrumentalist means). He ended his talk by offering an unsettling isomorphism: the logic of postmodernism is the logic of taxidermy is the logic of misogyny.