Research talk by Dr. Ingrid M.Hoofd

Simulating Climate Change: Beyond the ‘True’ or ‘False’


Date & time: Wed, 21 November, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Venue: CNM Meeting room, AS6, #03-33, 11 Computing Drive, NUS

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About the talk

This paper argues that the anthropogenic climate change model is the product of the acceleration of the humanist aporia, and is as such an hypermodern enactment of traditional environmentalism. It claims that climate science and activism illustrate the contradiction internal to humanism, because their assumption is that certain human activity is responsible for our ecological crisis, while simultaneously calling upon similar human action and debate to avert this crisis. This paradox shows that our era of technological acceleration, while exceedingly challenging the primacy of technological innovation, still affirms an overconfident image of the human in its very attempt at critiquing human mastery of ‘nature.’ The paper in turn argues that this aporetic logic generates a simulation of climate change in the media. This simulation is certainly ‘real,’ but is moreover an allegory for our era of acceleration and its economic instability. This paper therefore claims that the division into ‘for’ or ‘against’ the reality of anthropogenic climate change eventually dissimulates the more fundamental problems facing humanity today, and that much contemporary environmental activism and debate fails to sufficiently deepen its critique vis-à-vis the raised stakes under acceleration.


About the speaker

Dr. Ingrid M. Hoofd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her research interests are Issues of Representation, Feminist and Critical Theories, and Philosophy of Technology. Her work addresses the ways in which alter-globalist activists, as well as left-wing academics, mobilize discourses and divisions in an attempt to overcome gendered, raced and classed oppressions worldwide, and the ways in which such mobilization are implicated in what she calls ‘speed-elitism.’ This work explores in particular the intersections between various forms of contemporary political activism and the oeuvre of Jean Baudrillard and Paul Virilio. Ingrid wrote her Masters thesis on Cyberfeminism at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. She has been involved in various feminist and new media activist projects, like Indymedia, Next Five Minutes, HelpB92, and NextGenderation. More on  She recently published “Ambiguities of Activism: Alter-Globalism and the Imperatives of Speed”.

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