dr. (Rosalba) RA Icaza Garza

dr. (Rosalba) RA Icaza Garza
Associate Professor International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Academic staff unit
Location
Kortenaerkade 12, 's - Gravenhage
Telephone
0704260554
Email
icaza@iss.nl
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"My research and teaching have been driven by an overwhelming concern to understand resistance to multiple oppressions and the ways in which one’s understanding is mediated by memories of physical repression experienced by labor, indigenous and feminist leaders with whom I used to work in Mexico City” 

Before coming to ISS and the Netherlands, I was an activist in Mexico City working for a network of social movements opposing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In 1999, I moved to the UK to conduct postgraduate studies. By 2005, I had obtained my PhD from the University of Warwick (UK) under the supervision of Professor Jan Aart Scholte on the political economy of transborder civic…

"My research and teaching have been driven by an overwhelming concern to understand resistance to multiple oppressions and the ways in which one’s understanding is mediated by memories of physical repression experienced by labor, indigenous and feminist leaders with whom I used to work in Mexico City” 

Before coming to ISS and the Netherlands, I was an activist in Mexico City working for a network of social movements opposing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In 1999, I moved to the UK to conduct postgraduate studies. By 2005, I had obtained my PhD from the University of Warwick (UK) under the supervision of Professor Jan Aart Scholte on the political economy of transborder civic resistance to open/neo-liberal regionalism. Thereafter, I moved to Swedent thanks to a EU-Commission Marie Curie Fellowship to work at the University of Gothenburg with Professor Edme Dominguez on the gendered character of these transborder resistances. 

As an International Relations/Studies person, my research was for a while focused on mapping paths of civic engagement on regionalisms across the world. Since arriving to ISS in 2007, its intercultural and multidisciplinary environment deeply impacted me personally/professionally.Today, I explain my research agenda as one that seeks to understand how place-based social resistances contribute to global epistemic justice. In so doing, I am not circumscribed to a particular discipline anymore and my latest publications have had a variety of target audiences (i.e. IR, global, cultural and gender studies, sociology, etc.).

Below there is a description of my four different but interconnected areas of research:

I Decolonial thinking and 'the international': How can one revisit the modern/colonial character of notions such as region, regionalism, social resistance and global justice? My way of working this question has been through the identification of decolonial trajectories in knowledges and cosmovisions that have been actively produced as backward or ‘sub-altern’ by hegemonic forms of understanding on 'the international' (including liberalism, Marxism, some feminisms, post-structuralism and the current IR hype on “Quantum Thinking”). Post-development and decolonial thinkers such as Escobar, Esteva, Mignolo and Lugones have been crucial for my understanding of the epistemic violence of eurocentrism.

II Thinking the academia in the promotion of autonomy: In which ways the academia can contribute to sustain forms of epistemic dissent aiming at promoting global social justice and autonomy? In exploring this question I have been involved in different collaborative research initiatives including the Transnational Network Other Knowledges  (RETOS) and the International Consortium “Tejiendo Voces” (www.tejiendovoces.org.mx).

III Learning as liberation/liberation of learning: I am interested in the application of action-research methodologies in my teaching and research and committed to facilitating spaces for mutual learning between practitioners and academics. My pedagogical practices are inspired by Third-world, Chicana, Black and de-colonial feminist theories and epistemologies. I have collaborated with Professor Gustavo Esteva (UNITIERRA-OAXACA) and Dr. Rolando Vazquez (University College Roosevelt) in the Going Glocal initiative - co-financed by the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs as a pioneering effort in education and research on global citizenship in The Netherlands (www.goingglocal.nl).

IV Plural feminisms for plural liberations: I am deeply interested in inter-cultural dialogues among different strands of feminisms. I have been exploring the ideas of coalitional politics as developed by Maria Lugones and the points of convergence and divergence between decolonial and post-colonial feminisms.

I welcome PhD students and post-Doctoral fellows interested in any of these broad areas of research. 

  • School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

    Start date approval
    Oct/2017
    End date approval
    Sep/2020
    Place
    BRIGHTON, UK
  • 1114 Politics of Modern Development

    Title
    1114 Politics of Modern Development
    Year
    2019

    2101 The Making of Development

    Title
    2101 The Making of Development
    Year
    2019

    2102 The Making of Development (MIG)

    Title
    2102 The Making of Development (MIG)
    Year
    2019

    3105 Research Paper Preparation

    Title
    3105 Research Paper Preparation
    Year
    2019

    3306 Participatory Action Research

    Title
    3306 Participatory Action Research
    Year
    2019

    4153 Cont Perspectives on Social Justice

    Title
    4153 Cont Perspectives on Social Justice
    Year
    2019

    4354 Transitions for Social Justice Lab

    Title
    4354 Transitions for Social Justice Lab
    Year
    2019

    4393 SJP: Working towards the RP

    Title
    4393 SJP: Working towards the RP
    Year
    2019

    5401 Research Paper

    Title
    5401 Research Paper
    Year
    2019

    Major SJP

    Title
    Major SJP
    Year
    2019

    General Information

    Title
    General Information
    Year
    2019
  • Development and Change

    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer

    Global Governance

    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer

    Feminist Economics

    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer
    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer

    Globalizations

    Role
    Editorial Board
  • Associate Professor

    University
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    School
    International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
    Department
    Academic staff unit
    Telephone
    0704260554
  • European Research Area (ERA)

    Role
    FP7 Framework Expert Evaluator

    Diversity Commission. University of Amsterdam

    Role
    Senior Researcher
    Start date approval
    Jan/2016
    End date approval
    Sep/2016

    School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

    Role
    Associate Research Fellow
    Start date approval
    Oct/2017
    End date approval
    Oct/2020

Address

Visiting address

Kortenaerkade 12 2518 AX 's - Gravenhage

Postal address

Postbus 29776 2502 LT 's-Gravenhage