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Doing and undoing Caribou/Atiku: Diffractive and divergent multiplicities and their cosmopolitical orientations (2018)


More than one and less than many, has become a refrain to depict the notion of multiplicity. Borrowed from Mariyln Strathern, Annemarie Mol mobilized the refrain to succinctly capture the complex result of a series of operations that make a variety of practices hold together as a singular thing. In this article, I seek to explore some consequences of the proposition that multiplicity can be figured in, at least, two different ways: as diffraction, where the operations of singularization explored by Mol are more easily carried out, and as divergence, where singularization is not necessarily an option. The exploration is part of a larger project to rework the notion of cosmopolitics first proposed by Isabelle Stengers and later taken by Bruno Latour. Elsewhere I have argued that their conception of cosmopolitics as a project oriented towards the composition of a common world is predominantly informed by the figuration of multiplicity as diffraction, and thus it very much resembles a process of singularization writ large. In this context, foregrounding multiplicity as divergence opens a path to probe the limits of this conception of cosmopolitics, inquire into the different ways in which multiplicity holds together, and envision alternative forms of cosmopolitics. I organize my exploration around two entities caribou and atîku that, so to speak, occupy the same space at the same time in terms of bodily presence, albeit dominant common sense would have it that atîku and caribou are two words for the same entity.

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Authors & Contributors
Niels Van Dijk
Susanne Brucksch
Wainer, Juan Manuel Garrido
Héctor Gustavo Giuliano
Casini, Silvia
Fernando Gabriel Nicchi
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Social Studies of Science
Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Science, Technology, and Human Values
University of Minnesota Press
RIL Editores
Transcript Verlag
Palgrave Macmillan
Science and technology studies (STS)
Theory (philosophy)
Technology and society
Methodology of science; scientific method
Latour, Bruno
Margulis, Lynn
Mallard, John R.
Foucault, Michel
Bormann, Frederick Herbert
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
Taipei, Taiwan
East Asia
United States
Latin America
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity

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