Academics can’t help but make up stuff like this in their sub-waking moments, or maybe at the top of their third pint.

THE ELEPHANT AND CULTURAL STUDIES

8:00 – Coffee and Tea
THE ELEPHANT AS “PHYSICAL” OTHER:
– Does the Elephant Exist? Zoological Hegemony vs. Cultural
Fabrication.
– Pachyderm “Evolution”: Eurochronicities and Eurocentric
Linearity in the Late (Post)Modern Zoological Script.
– Tracking the Elephant Through Texts: Western Visuality vs.
Olfactory Perception.

9:30
THE ELEPHANT AS THEORETICAL OTHER:
– Tusk and Text: Reading the Elephant.
– Straddling Temporalitites: Evolving Feminist Theory and the
Grey female.
– Elephant Positionalities: The (Re)articulation of Class, Race,
and Trunk Typology.

11:00
THE ELEPHANT IN PACHYDERMOCENTRIC PERSPECTIVE:
– Recuperating Subjectivities: Conversations With An Elephant.
– The Mouse and the Elephant: The Ambiguities of Hegemonicity.
– Crashing Through the Forest: Valorizing the Self among
Elephantine Others.
– Voices and Trumpets: Heteroglossia and Polyphony.

12:30 – Lunch

THE ELEPHANT: INTERROGATING MULTI-CULTURAL RHETORICITIES:
– The Elephant: Cyborg, Ethnicity, or “Species”?
– (E)(L)(E)(P)(H)(A)(N)(T)? What’s That?: Exploitation and the
Rhetorical Strategies of Denial in Thai Forestry Camps
– Viceroy-on-Elephant or Elephant-on-Viceroy? Accidents and the
Uncertainties of Domination in some Durbars of the Late British Raj.

1:00
THE ELEPHANT AS EUROCENTRIC OBJECT:
– The Elephant and the Lion: The Metaphoricity of Binarity in
Early Medieval Texts.
– “Hunting the Beloved Other”: The Elephant as Paradigmatic
Problematic of Conservationist Conversations in Theodore Roosevelt’s
African Memoirs.
– Garage Sales and Elephants: A Dialogue of Contested Spaces.

2:30
THE ELEPHANT AS (POST)MODERNIST CONSTRICTION:
– Hong Kong Ivory Traders: An Enabling Proposition in Tusk
Commodification.
– (Ele)phant and Pachy(derm): The Parenthetics of Typesetting
Axiomatics.
– Reading the Elephant and Eating the Bible: Christianity and
the Post-Modernist Dilemma in Tropical Pachydermophagy.

4:00 Tea & Cookies
THE ELEPHANT AS LATE POSTMODERNIST CONSTRUCTION:
– Post-Modern, (Post)Modern, or Postcontemporary Elephant?
Epistemic Privileging and Discursive Spaces in MLA Debates.
– Wild Elephant, Tamed Elephant, Zoo-Confined Elephant, Extinct
Elephant: Alternative Modernities for a Culturally-Constructed Ani(male).
– Elephant Ears: Symbolic Excess in (Post)Nouvelle Pastry
Culture.
– Situating the Paradigmatic Other: The Elephant in Weight-Loss
Discourse.

5:30
CONCLUSION – THE EXPISTEMIC MOMENT:
– “Mon Dieu, Bourdieu!” “Foucault yourself!”: Bad Temper and
Cultural Enunciations in Academic Career-construction.

8:00 Reception and Dance

My contribution for today (in a somewhat different, [hollow] vein):

“Roland with the Omies [Palomies]: Failed rear-guard action as a proxy for the transgressist penetrative in pre-/post-Imperial ‘Europe'”

cheat-sheet: Roland. Polari.
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