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Writing the Implosion: Teaching the World One Thing at a Time

By Joseph Dumit

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Dumit, Joseph. 2014. “Writing the Implosion: Teaching the World One Thing at a Time”. Cultural Anthropology 29 (2), 344-62. https://doi.org/10.14506/ca29.2.09.

Abstract

This article puts a reading of Gilles Deleuze’s Cinema 2 in dialogue with Donna Haraway’s works and methods. Working through the former helps me unpack the process of Haraway’s inquisitive “implosion” method and some of its aims better. I describe this as exploring how the world is interconnected one process and thing at a time, how these connections are vitally and politically important, and how this work is inexhaustible. Following this exegesis, I offer a series of exercises for putting this method into practice, one that I use myself and teach to graduate students and undergrads.

Keywords

ethnography; writer's block; history of knowledge; commitment