Inés Durán Matute

Inés is an active supporter of the national struggle of indigenous peoples in defense of their territory, identity, history, rights, and ways of life in Mexico. She holds a PhD in Arts and Social Sciences from the University of Sydney (Australia), and has been postdoctoral fellow at CIESAS (Mexico) and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (USA). She is the author of Indigenous People and the Geographies of Power: Mezcala’s Narratives of Neoliberal Governance. Ines is currently apostdoctoral researcher in the Graduate School of Sociology at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico).

Weaving Counter-Spaces: The Global Articulation of the National Indigenous Congress

This project analyzes the proposal of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), Concejo Indígena de Gobierno (Indigenous Governing Council, or CIG), and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) to weave networks of resistance and rebellion globally against a racist, classist, and patriarchal capitalist system. In 2018, Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office as the Mexican President, promising the end of neoliberalism. However, in the first year of his term, he promoted the ‘development’ of the country supported by populist strategies and an authoritarian rule, and demonstrated how his agenda is part of a broader capitalist trend. Therefore, one part of the project explores how the strategies of the so-called progressivists resemble those from the far-right that reinforce hierarchies and modes of prejudice and are informed by global entanglements of authoritarian capitalism. The other side of the project examines how the CNI/CIG/EZLN resist violence and dispossession, and weave global networks to challenge authoritarian capitalism, confront a shared system of oppression, reconstruct our realities, and build a counter-space for (a) non-capitalist future(s).


Durán Matute, I. 2020. Indigeneity as a transnational battlefield: disputes over meanings, spaces and peoplesGlobalizations. [English only]

Durán Matute, I. 2019. Los pueblos indígenas y las geografías de poder. Narrativas de Mezcala sobre la gobernanza neoliberal. Mexico City: Siglo XXI. p.331. [Spanish edition]

Durán Matute, I. 2018. Indigenous Peoples and the Geographies of Power. Mezcala’s Narratives of Neoliberal Governance. New York: Routledge. p.223 [English edition]

Camarena González, R. and I. Durán Matute. 2019. Tecno-colonialismo y sub-ciudadanía digital en la democracia mexicana. In R.Dias, and L. G. Arcaro (eds.). Crise das democracias liberais, pp. 105-136. Rio de Janeiro: Lumen Juris. [Spanish only]

Durán Matute, I. and R. Moreno (eds.). 2018. Voces del México de Abajo. Reflexiones en torno a la propuesta del CIG. Guadalajara: Cátedra Jorge Alonso. p.358 [Spanish only]

Durán Matute, I. 2018. Solidaridad Comunitaria Transnacional del Concejo Indígena de Gobierno (CIG) por otra democracia, justicia y libertad, Migración y Desarrollo, 16(31): 41-70. [Spanish only]

All Publications from Inés Durán Matute:

  • Coronacrisis. The historical conjuncture to eradicate “development”

    The more we dive into the coronavirus pandemic analysis, the more we perceive how its emergence, development, and devastating consequences are marked by the precepts of the Capitalocene. This means we cannot disassociate the logics of exploitation, accumulation, and consumption—which characterize the current era—from the velocity, extension, and force exerted by the pandemic.