The International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies (IRGAC) is an initiative of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung that brings together more than 20 scholar-activists from across the Global South to share and exchange ongoing research on the rise of the Right and strategic responses from the Left.

 

Fellows & Staff

Ailynn Torres

Ailynn Torres Santana is a postdoctoral researcher at the International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies (IRGAC) of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (2019-2022), a visiting researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin (2021), an associate researcher at FLACSO Ecuador (2019-2022), and a visiting scholar at Northwestern University – Chicago (fall 2021). She has been an associate professor at Universidad de la Habana (2006-2012) and visiting professor at Freie Universität Berlin (2021), FLACSO Ecuador (2016-2018, 2020-2022), Universidad de Barcelona (2015, 2018, 2022), and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2018). In 2019 she was a visiting researcher at Harvard University. Her research interests include feminist movements, inequality, and citizenship in Latin America. She is editor of the books "Derechos en riesgo en América Latina: 11 estudios sobre grupos neoconservadores" (Quito/ Bogotá: Fundación Rosa Luxemburgo/Desde Abajo, 2020) and "Los Cuidados: del centro de la vida al centro de la política" (Santiago: FES-ILDIS, 2021). She has written lots of academic papers about gender inequalities and feminist politics in Latin America and Cuba. She has a column on OnCuba News and has collaborated with a lot of press platforms such as Jacobin-Lat, NACLA, and Sidecar-New Left Review. She is a member of the editorial boards of Cuban Studies (Harvard University) and Sin Permiso (Barcelona).

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Ayşegül Can

Ayşegül Can is an urbanist and scholar from Turkey. She holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield (UK) and a master’s degree from Istanbul Technical University. Since 2018, she has been working as a lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in Istanbul Medeniyet Univer

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Boaventua Monjane

Boaventura Monjane holds a PhD on Postcolonialisms and Global Citizenship (Sociology), from the CES/Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra. He is based at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS, UWC) as a postdoctoral researcher and is also a fellow of the International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies of the RLS

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Börries Nehe (Coordinator)

Börries Nehe holds a PhD in Latin American Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a specialization in Sociology. He is currently adviser for the Global Scholarly Dialogue Programme of the RLS and coordinator of the International Research Group on Authoritarianism & Counter-Strategies

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A Radical Exploration of the Egyptian Revolution: Ideological interventions of the Revolutionary Socialists

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Erol Saglam

Erol Saglam is a social anthropologist working on reconfigurations of statecraft, its relation to the law, and the changing parameters of political subjectivity at the intersections of conspiracy theories, societal violence, and bureaucratic operations.

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Fábio Luís Ferreira Nóbrega Franco

Fábio Luís Ferreira Nóbrega Franco is a psychoanalyst and holds a PhD in philosophy. Since 2006 he has been a member of an interdisciplinary group, the Social Theory, Philosophy, and Psychoanalysis Laboratory (LATESFIP)

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Fathima Nizaruddin

Fathima Nizaruddin is an academic and documentary filmmaker. Her last film, Nuclear Hallucinations (2016),whichemerged out of her practice-based PhD at the University of Westminster, has been screened at various festivals and academic spaces across the world.

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Gopal Krishna

Gopal Krishna is a researcher and writer on the subject of earth, economy, science, justice, and the role of communicating myriad forms of data and narratives. He formally studied literature, philosophy, journalism, public health, and law, and is a trained researcher, lawyer, and science journalist.

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Gustavo Robles

Gustavo Robles studied contemporary history and philosophy, an area in which he received his Ph.D. degree. He has been an Associated Professor at the Department of Education at the National University of La Plata (UNLP), a Postdoc-Researcher at the Research Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (UNLP-CONICET, Argentina), and an Invited Lecturer at different Argentinian Universities. He also carried out doctoral and postdoctoral research stays at different German universities, such as the University of Frankfurt, the University of Jena, and the Humboldt University of Berlin. His areas of research interests are Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, contemporary political thought, and social philosophy, and his current project is focused on the connections between subjectivization processes and affective dimensions in current authoritarian neoliberalism. Furthermore, he is an activist in different political and cultural collectives in Argentina and Germany related to issues such as human rights and immigrant working conditions.

Last publications:
"Crisis de la experiencia y (pos)fascismos. Lecturas desde la Teoría Crítica". Constelaciones. Revista de Teoría Crítica. N° 13. 312-339. 2021

"La teoría del reconocimiento de Axel Honneth. Análisis crítico". In Comou, Antonio (ed.). Perspectivas en Teoría Social Contemporánea. La Plata: EDULP. 2021

"El fin de algunas ilusiones. Subjetividad y democracia en tiempos de regresión autoritaria". Resistencias. Revista de Filosofía de la Historia. 2(1). 14-27- 2020

"Sobre la dimensión política del resentimiento" (2020). Castalia. Revista de Psicología. 34. 5-23

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Himmat Zoubi

Himmat Zoubi (Zu’bi), is a Palestinian researcher and feminist activist. She received her PhD in Sociology from Ben-Gurion University and she holds two Master's degrees, one in Criminology and another in Gender Studies

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Hugo Fanton

Hugo Fanton is the State Coordinator of the Central de Movimentos Populares (Popular Movements Central) in São Paulo. CMP is an organization that was formed through a historic process of resistance by popular movements, especially the social struggles of the 1980s in Brazil for democracy, the defense of urban reform, and the right to the city.

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Hülya Dinçer

Hülya Dinçer is a human rights lawyer and scholar from Turkey. She holds a master degree from Paris Panthéon Sorbonne University and a PhD in human rights law from Galatasaray University.

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Inés Durán Matute

Inés is an active companion of the national struggle of native peoples in defense of their territory, history, and ways of life in Mexico and a militant in the Struggle for Life upheld by various peoples and collectives.
She holds a PhD in Arts and Social Sciences from the University of Sydney (Australia). She has also been a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (Mexico) and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labour and Employment (USA). Ines is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Graduate School of Sociology at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico) and a visiting scholar at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (Germany). Her research mainly investigates the multiscale political and economic manoeuvring of development and addresses its social and environmental impacts. Her perspective aims through this lens to explore how resistances can be weaved together to create other non-capitalist futures beyond the nature/society divide.
She is the author of Indigenous People and the Geographies of Power: Mezcala’s Narratives of Neoliberal Governance (Routledge, 2018) and with Rocío Moreno of Caminar con el zapatismo, construir comunidad y esperanza (CLACSO, 2022) and La lucha por la vida frente a los megaproyectos en México (Cátedra Jorge Alonso, 2021).

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Jan-David Echterhoff

Jan-David accompanies the Global Scholarly Dialogue Programme as a project manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the FU Berlin. As part of his master’s thesis, he researched discourses on international solidarity from a postcolonial and feminist perspective.

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Jeffrey G. Karam

Dr. Jeffrey G. Karam is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Lebanese American University. He is a non-resident Research Associate at Harvard University’s Middle East Initiative.

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Julieta Mira

Julieta Mira has devoted her academic career to studying and researching the central human rights issues of “justice, memory, and truth”, which have a particularly unique and intense meaning for societies that are “dealing with the past”, such as her native Argentina.

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Khanyile Joseph Mlotshwa

Khanyile Joseph Mlotshwa is undertook a PhD (Media and Cultural Studies) degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. His research was conceptualised as a postcolonial and decolonial critique of the intersections of the media, migration, and the urban in representations of black subjectivity in post-apartheid South Africa.

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Mariano Féliz

Mariano Féliz is a social activist in Argentina. Currently, he mostly works on political education with and within social organizations, and is active in union struggles within the University and Research Center where he is employed. He is a professor at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and researcher at the CIG-IDIHCS of the CONICET/UNLP. There, he teaches political economy and conducts research on the transformations of dependent capitalism and its relationship to social struggles. He is mostly concerned about recovering the tradition of Marxian Dependency Theory, showing how it can be articulated with current debates within feminist economics and Marxist ecological debates.

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Nwet Kay Khine

Nwet Kay Khine, a former journalist and writer from Myanmar, is now affiliated to the Center for Social Development Studies under the Faculty of Political Science of Chulalongkorn University.

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Pedro Salgado

Pedro Salgado is an International Relations scholar, working on the intersection between the fields of Historical Sociology and Global Political Economy. He is currently a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, having previously worked at the Federal University of Uberlândia, Federal University of Bahia, and Universität Kassel. His doctoral research at the University of Sussex looked at the process of Brazilian state-formation from the colonial period to late 19th century. His research agenda is centred around the geopolitical mediations between the development and global expansion of capitalism, and political transformations in states and the states-system throughout the colonial period and beyond. It has grown to encompass three main topics: (a) the geopolitics of colonial slavery and early capitalist development; (b) the colonial foundations of sovereignty and modern democracies, emphasising its legacies in terms of control over populations and exploitation of nature; (c) the methodological (and meta-theoretical) implications of the dialogue between a historicist interpretation of Marxism and decolonial theory.

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Sabrina Fernandes

Sabrina Fernandes is a Brazilian eco-socialist organizer and communicator with a sociology PhD from Carleton University, Canada. She is the person behind Marxist YouTube Channel, Tese Onze, and is coordinating the launch of Jacobin Brasil.

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Saker El Nour

Saker El Nour is a sociologist working on rural will-bine, environment, and agrarian issues in the Arab countries.

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Ülker Sözen

Ülker Sözen received her PhD in Sociology from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Turkey in 2017. Her dissertation explored the identity revival and the entanglement of culture and politics among the Dersimli people.

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Verna Dinah Q. Viajar

Verna Dinah Q. Viajar, a Philippine national, is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the Philippines, School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP SOLAIR).

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