dr. (Rosalba) RA Icaza Garza

dr. (Rosalba) RA Icaza Garza
Associate professor International Institute of Social Studies Academic staff unit
Location
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
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 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. 

  • 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

  • Kees Biekart & Rosalba Icaza Garza (2011) - Knowledge dialogues with Central American social movements
  • 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)

  • G Wekker, M Slootman, Rosalba Icaza Garza, Hans Jansen & R Vazquez (2016) - Let's do Diversity. Report of the University of Amsterdam Diversity Commission - University of Amsterdam
  • 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)

3306 Participatory Action Research

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-3306-20-21

2101 The Making of Development

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-2101-20-21

Transitions for Social Justice Lab

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-EGSH-0077

The CERES PhD Training Course (full)

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-EGSH-EXGS600

Overview of Methods in Dev Stud (Mod 3)

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-EGSH-EXGS603

Board of Examiners

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-BOE-20-21

1114 Politics of Modern Development

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-1114-20-21

General Information

Year
2020
Course Code
ISSGENERAL-20-21

4393 SJP: Working towards the RP

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-4393-20-21

4354 Transitions for Social Justice Lab

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-4354-20-21

3105 Research Paper Preparation

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-3105-20-21

5401 Research Paper

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-5401-20-21

2102 The Making of Development (GMD)

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-2102-20-21

Major SJP

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-SJP-20-21

4153 Cont Perspectives on Social Justice

Year
2020
Course Code
ISS-4153-20-21

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