*"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.
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2008) - Portrait of an Iconoclast. An interview with Dr Peter Waterman - DevISSues, 4
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2007) - Globalization, Democracy and the State in Mexico: A Critical Analysis of Contemporary Trends of Governance Privatization and Regionalization - Iberoamericana: Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, XXXVII (1), 157-177
J Smith, K Karides, M Becker, D Brunelle, C Chase-Dunn, D Della Porta, Rosalba Icaza Garza, JS Juris, L Mosca, E Reese, PJ Smith & R Vazquez (2014) - Global Democracy and the World Social Forums (2nd ed.) - Paradigm
Rosalba Icaza Garza, J Smith & M Karides (2008) - Global Democracy and the World Social Forums - Paradigm Publishers
J Smith, M Karides, M Becker, D Brunelle, C Chase-Dunn, D della Porte, Rosalba Icaza Garza, JS Juris, L Mosca, E Reese, PJ Smith & R Vazquez (2008) - Global Democracy and the World Social Forums - Paradigm Publishers
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2015) - Testimony of a Pilgrimage. (Un)learning and Re-learning with the South - Lexington Books
J Smith, Marina Karides, M Becker, D Brunelle, C Chase-Dunn, D Della Porta, Rosalba Icaza Garza, JS Juris, L Mosca, E Reese, Peter (Jay) Smith & R Vasquez (2014) - Globalization and the Emergence of World Social Forums - Oxford University Press
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2013) - Acercamientos Radicales a las Relaciones Internacionales [Radical Approaches to International Relations] - Oxford University Press
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2013) - Global Europe, Guilty! Contesting EU Neoliberal Governance for Latin America and the Caribbean - Routledge
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2007) - El Movimiento pro-Regionalismos Alternativos frente a la Nueva Relacion stratica America Latina, Caribe - Uniuropea Reflexiones desde una perspectiva de giro. - University of Gothenburg
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2004) - Sociedad Civil y Políticas de Regionalización en México. Un análisis sobre la Gobernación, el Poder y el Activismo Transnacional en la Globalización - Editorial Miguel Ángel Porrúa/ADLAF/IAI
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2009) - Whose Prosperity and Security? Mexican Women Citizenships
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2009) - North American Regionalism and Women's Citizenship: Views from Urban/Rural Mexico
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2008) - Civil Society and Regionalisms in the Americas (Workshop paper from International Forum of Montreal on Regionalism and Civil Society, Montreal, Canada, 11-12 February 2008)
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2008) - Civil Society and the Quest for Citizenship and Alternative Regionalisms in Mexico (Workshop paper from International Studies Association Annual Conventions, San Francisco, California, March 26-29th, 2008)
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2008) - Democratizing Trade Politics in the Americas: Insights from the Feminist Movement (Workshop paper from Hemispheric Summit Against Free Trade Agreements and Neo-liberalism, Universidad de la Havana, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Havana, Cuba, April 7-11th 2008)
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2008) - Global Democracy through Regions. Civil Society Contributions" a Prospective Contribution to Building Global Democracy Program (Workshop paper from Building Democracy, Convening Group Meeting, Warwick University, Centre for the Study of Globalization and Regionalization, Coventry, England, April 24-25th, 2008)
Rosalba Icaza Garza, P Newell & M Saguier (2008) - Democratizing Trade Politics in the Americas: Insights from the Feminist, Environmental and Labor Movements (Workshop paper from Workshop on Citizenship in a Globalizing World, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, England, October 17th 2008)
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2007) - Civil Society and the Politics of Global Trade in Mexico: Engendering while Democratizing (Paper presented at the international conference on "Politics, Policy And Responsible Scholarship" organised by International Studies Association (ISA) on 1 March in Chicago, USA)
Rosalba Icaza Garza & R Vazquez (2007) - Chiapas Rebellion and the Battle of Seattle: Understanding Transborder Resistances as Political Events (Paper presented at the international conference on "Politics, Policy And Responsible Scholarship" organised by International Studies Association (ISA), Chicago, USA on 1 March in Chicago, USA)
Rosalba Icaza Garza, P Newell & M Saguier (2007) - Democratising Trade Politics in the Americas (Paper presented at the conference on "Working Group on Citizen Engagement in a Globalising World" organised by DRC IDS-Sussex on 9-11 October in Brighton, UK)
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2007) - NAFTA Parity in Real Time: Understanding the Democratic Implications of EU Regionalism towards Mexico and Central America (Paper presented at the conference on "Garnet WP3 Workshop 3" organised by UNU-CRIS and GARNET on 9 November in Brugge, Belgium)
Kees Biekart & Rosalba Icaza Garza (2011) - Knowledge dialogues with Central American social movements: synthesis research report - International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Rosalba Icaza Garza & R Vazquez (2008) - INFORME NARRATIVO "Diego de Conocimientos Encuentro de Activistas y Organizaciones Sociales de Chiapas y Centro Amica (Evaluation Report, HIVOS-ISS Knowledge Program) - ISS
Rosalba Icaza Garza, S de Jong & O Rutazibwa (25 October 2019) - Scholen zijn zo gebouwd dat ze ons moeten scheiden, in plaats van samen te brengen - Scholen zijn zo gebouwd dat ze ons moeten scheiden, in plaats van samen te brengen
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2018) - "Decolonial Feminism and Development" [webinar] - initiated by the EADI Working Group “Postcolonial Perspectives on and within Development (Studies)”
Rosalba Icaza Garza (2018) - Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies (Journal)