Matthew Schneider-Mayerson is Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) at Yale-NUS College. He has a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and was a Cultures of Energy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) at Rice University. He has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on literature, environmental politics, environmental futures, and popular culture. His first book, Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture (2015), was published by the University of Chicago Press, and he is the co-editor of Loanwords to Live With: An Ecotopian Lexicon, forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. He is currently working on his second monograph, How to Be Happy in the Anthropocene, and two edited collections: Empirical Ecocriticism and Chili Crab in Geologic Time: Environmental Perspectives on Singaporean Culture.
What are Singapore’s prospects in the Anthropocene, the current age in which humans act as a geologic force? In this talk, Yale-NUS assistant professor Matthew Schneider-Mayerson synthesizes a wide range of scholarship on environmental issues in Singapore to argue that while Singapore embodies a potential Anthropocene future of engineered “nature” and has been a (relative) paragon of forward-thinking climate adaptation, its actual environmental performance has been (and remains) quite disappointing. He will discuss literal greenwashing, fuzzy math, and the possibility that Singapore might serve as a model for a novel form of Anthropocenic environmentalism, sometimes called “eco-authoritarianism.”