"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.
R.A. 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, R.A. Icaza Garza, J.S. Juris, L. Mosca, E. Reese, P.J. Smith & R. Vazquez (2014). Global Democracy and the World Social Forums (2nd ed.). Boulder, CO: Paradigm
J. Smith, M. Karides, M. Becker, D. Brunelle, C. Chase-Dunn, D. della Porte, R.A. Icaza Garza, J.S. Juris, L. Mosca, E. Reese, P.J. Smith & R. Vazquez (2008). Global Democracy and the World Social Forums. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers
R.A. Icaza Garza, J. Smith & M. Karides (2008). Global Democracy and the World Social Forums. Boulder CO: Paradigm Publishers
R.A. Icaza Garza (2020). Feminismos Decoloniales y Desarrollo. In J. Telleria, U. Villalba & Y. Garcia (Eds.), Postdesarrollo y otras alternativas prácticas (pp. 27-35). Bilbao: Universidad del Pais Vasco & Institute for International Cooperation and Development Studies
R.A. Icaza Garza (2018). #Yamecanse Activismo Transnacional de México en redes sociales y el feminismo decolonial (Forthcoming). In A.A. Alejo (Ed.), Activismos transnacionales de México: Diálogos interdisciplinares ante la política global (pp. 262-285). Cuidad de México: Editorial Mora/Instituto de Investigaciones Historicas
R.A. Icaza Garza (2017). Prólogo. In H. Laako (Ed.), Mujeres situadas: las parteras autónomas de México. Chiapas, Mexico: El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR)
R.A. Icaza Garza & R. Vázquez (2017). Notes on Decolonizing Development. In J. Estermann (Ed.), Das Unbehagen an der Entwicklung: eine andere Entwicklung oder anders als Entwicklung? Dokumentation der Debatte zum Entwickungsbegriff Bei COMUNDO, 2015-2017 (Denktraditionen im Dialog, 41) (pp. 47-62). Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz [go to publisher's site]
R.A. Icaza Garza (2017). The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunals and Indigenous Peoples’ Struggles in Mexico. In A. Byrnes & G. Simm (Eds.), Peoples' Tribunals and International Law (pp. 182-208). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press doi: 10.1017/9781108368360.009
R.A. Icaza Garza & T.M.Y. Soukotta (2016). Bandung as a Plurality of Meanings. In Quỳnh N. Phạm & R. Shilliam (Eds.), Meanings of Bandung. Postcolonial Orders and Decolonial Visions (Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Questions) (pp. 185-198). London: Rowman and Littlefield
W. Harcourt, R.A. Icaza Garza & V. Vargas (2016). Exploring embodiment and intersectionality in transnational feminist activist research. In K Biekart, W. Harcourt & P. Knorringa (Eds.), Exploring Civic Innovation for Social and Economic Transformation (pp. 148-167). London: Routledge
R.A. Icaza Garza & R.V. Rolando Vazquez (2016). The Coloniality of Gender as a Radical Critique of Developmentalism. In W. Harcourt (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook on Gender and Development: Critical Engagements in Feminist Theory and Practice (pp. 62-73). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
L. Barbosa da Costa, R.A. Icaza Garza & A.M. Ocampo Talero (2015). Knowledge about, knowledge with: dilemmas of researching lives, nature and genders otherwise. In W. Harcourt & I.L. Nelson (Eds.), Practising Feminist Political Ecologies (pp. 260-285). London: Zed Books
R.A. Icaza Garza (2015). Testimony of a Pilgrimage. (Un)learning and Re-learning with the South. In M. Barahona & Z. Arashiro (Eds.), Women in Academia Crossing North-South Borders: Gender, Race and Displacement (Latin American Studies) (pp. 1-26). Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books
J. Smith, M. Karides, M. Becker, D. Brunelle, C. Chase-Dunn, D. Della Porta, R.A. Icaza Garza, J.S. Juris, L. Mosca, E. Reese, P. Smith & R. Vasquez (2014). Globalization and the Emergence of World Social Forums. In M.B. Steger (Ed.), The Global Studies Reader, 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press
R.A. Icaza Garza (2013). Global Europe, Guilty! Contesting EU Neoliberal Governance for Latin America and the Caribbean. In W. Hout (Ed.), EU Strategies on Governance Reform: Between Development and State-building (ThirdWorlds) (pp. 121-138). Abington, Oxon (UK): Routledge
R.A. Icaza Garza (2013). Acercamientos Radicales a las Relaciones Internacionales [Radical Approaches to International Relations]. In T. Legler, A. Santa Cruz & L. Zamudio González (Eds.), Introduccion a las Relaciones Internacionales, Política Global y América Latina [International Relations, Global Politics in Latin America]. Mexico: Oxford University Press
R.A. Icaza Garza (2012). ¿(Re)Thinking the ¿New¿ North America through Women¿s Citizenship Struggles in Mexico. In Jeffrey Ayres & Laura MacDonald (Eds.), North America in Question: Regional Integration in an Era of Political Economic Turbulence. Canada: University of Toronto Press
R.A. Icaza Garza, P. Newell & M. Saguier (2010). Citizenship and Trade Governance in the Americas. In R. Tandon & J. Gaventa (Eds.), Globalizing Citizens: New Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion (Claiming Citizenship) (pp. 163-184). London: Zed Books
R.A. Icaza Garza (2009). Regionalism in the Americas. In R. Munck (Ed.), Globalization and Security: an Encyclopaedia (Vol. 1 Economic and Political Aspects) (pp. 312-327). London: Praeger Press
R.A. Icaza Garza (2009). NAFTA parity in real time and the `making¿ of the EU-Mexico transatlantic partnership. In P. de Lombaerde & M. Schulz (Eds.), The EU and World Regionalism. The Makability of Regions in the 21st Century (pp. 115-130). London: Ashgate
R.A. Icaza Garza (2008). The End of Neoliberal Regionalism in Mexico? In Canada-Mexico at the Cross-Roads: Big Picture Realities (pp. 185-204). Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
R.A. Icaza Garza (2007). El Movimiento pro-Regionalismos Alternativos frente a la Nueva Relacion stratica America Latina, Caribe - Uniuropea Reflexiones desde una perspectiva de giro. In - (pp. 55-66). Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg
R.A. 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. In G. Maihold (Ed.), Las Trayectorias de una Modernidad Mexicana: Espacios, Procesos y Trayectorias (pp. 103-121). México, D.F: Editorial Miguel Ángel Porrúa/ADLAF/IAI
K. Biekart & R.A. Icaza Garza (2011). Knowledge dialogues with Central American social movements: synthesis research report. (Intern rapport). The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
R.A. 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). The Hague: ISS
R.A. Icaza Garza (2009). Whose Prosperity and Security? Mexican Women Citizenships.
R.A. Icaza Garza (2009). North American Regionalism and Women's Citizenship: Views from Urban/Rural Mexico. International Studies Association Annual Convention: New York City (2009, februari 15 - 2009, februari 18).
R.A. 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).
R.A. 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).
R.A. 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).
R.A. 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).
R.A. 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).
R.A. 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).
R.A. 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).
R.A. 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).
R.A. 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).