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Geert Lovink on Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:39:41 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] lezing van Ingrid Hoofd a.s. vrijdag op de UvA

Ambiguities of Activism: Alter-globalism and the Imperatives of Speed

Special closing MoM lecture and book launch by Ingrid M. Hoofd (NUS, Singapore)

Friday June 22, UvA, PC Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, room 1.04, Amsterdam, 15.00 - 17.00

Ingrid: "In this talk, I will present the main ideas around activism and new media from my book _Ambiguities of Activism: Alter-globalism and the Imperatives of Speed_ (Routledge, 2012). The book provides a critical and in-depth investigation of the relationship between alter- globalist thinking and practices and their popular discourses. It examines the ways in which several alter-globalist activist groups (like Indymedia, no-borders campaigns, and forms of climate change activism), as well as left-wing intellectuals and academics (like Michael Hardt, Al Gore, Antonio Negri, and Hakim Bey), mobilize problematic discourses, tools, and divisions in an attempt to overcome gendered, raced, and classed oppressions worldwide. The book draws out how these mobilizations and theorizations, despite (or possibly because of) their liberatory claims, are actually implicated in the intensification of global hierarchies by repeatedly invoking narratives of transcendence, connection, progress, and in particular of speed. It eventually argues that the humanist ideals that underlie all these practices paradoxically trigger increasing disenfranchisements worldwide."

Bio: 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 left-wing academics and activists mobilize discourses and divisions in an attempt to combat oppressions worldwide, and the ways in which such mobilization are implicated in what she calls 'speed-elitism.' Her 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.

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