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

By Joseph Dumit

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Dumit, J. (2014). Writing the Implosion: Teaching the World One Thing at a Time. Cultural Anthropology, 29(2), 344-362. https://doi.org/10.14506/ca29.2.09

DOI: 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.