links for 2009-05-16

  • These essays examine the work of Gilles Deleuze, in particular his practice of enlisting mathematical resources to underpin and inform a wide variety of philosophical positions. Deleuze's work serves as a focus in these pieces for alternative conceptual lineages and as a rich source for fashioning mathematical concepts as tools for understanding a world seen in terms of becoming and difference.With contributions from Alain Badiou, Manuel DeLanda, Gilles Châtelet, and Daniel Smith, this analytic review challenges the self-imposed limits of philosophy while it elucidates a host of connections between mathematics and philosophy.
  • In this article, I deliver a first-person anthropological report on a dive to the seafloor in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's three-person submersible, Alvin. I examine multiple meanings of immersion: as a descent into liquid, an absorption in activity, and the all-encompassing entry of an anthropologist into a cultural medium. Tuning in to the rhythms of what I call the "submarine cyborg"—"doing anthropology in sound," as advocated by Steven Feld and Donald Brenneis (2004)—I show how interior and exterior soundscapes create a sense of immersion, and I argue that a transductive ethnography can make explicit the technical structures and social practices of sounding, hearing, and listening that support this sense of sonic presence.

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