Inés Durán Matute

Inés is an active companion of the national struggle of native peoples in defence 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).

Weaving counter-spaces: The Struggle for Life in the Face of Global Crisis
In 2018, Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office as the Mexican President, promising to remedy the consequence of neoliberal policies. However, since the beginning, he promoted the ‘development’ of the country supported by populist strategies and an authoritarian rule, demonstrating how his agenda is part of the same predatory and violent trend for capital accumulation. This project, thus, explores how the strategies of the so-called progressive governments resemble those from the far-right and how authoritarianism and democracy, exclusion and inclusion, unsustainable growth and green development are intertwined to expand the geographies of capitalism. The other side of the project examines how native peoples resist violence and dispossession, contest meanings and representations, and organize local projects. Furthermore, it focuses on how they weave global networks to confront authoritarian capitalism, reconstruct our realities, and build counter-spaces for non-capitalist futures. In short, it investigates how people in their daily practices and relations expand mutual recognition to deal with the social and ecological collapse and imagine new possibilities.


Durán Matute, I. and R. Moreno. 2022. Caminar con el zapatismo, construir comunidad y esperanza. Colección Al Faro Zapatista. Buenos Aires: CLACSO.

Durán Matute, I. and R. Camarena González. 2021. The Machinery of #Techno-colonialism crafting “democracy.” A Glimpse into Digital Sub-netizenship in Mexico, Democratization, 28(8): 1545-1563.

Durán Matute, I. and R. Camarena González. 2021. Resisting capitalism in the digital era, Blog Progress in Political Economy, August 3. 

Durán Matute, I. and R. Moreno. 2021.La lucha por la vida frente a los megaproyectos en México. Guadalajara: Cátedra Jorge Alonso. [Italian

Durán Matute, I. 2021. Indigeneity as a transnational battlefield: disputes over meanings, spaces, and peoplesGlobalizations, 18(2): 256-272.

Durán Matute, I. 2021. Ein Kampf für das Leben, für alle. Indigene Völker navigieren und vereinen die Welt, Maldekstra. Globale Perspektiven von Links: Das Auslandsjournal, 10. Berlin:Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

Durán Matute, I. 2021. Una carretera, una comunidad y el proceso de acumulación, Ichan Tecolotl, 33 (355): n.p. 

Durán Matute, I. 2021. Derribar muros, borrar fronteras: una travesía hacia nuestro reconocimiento mutuo, Camino al Andar, June 10.

Durán Matute, I. 2020. Developing indigenous peoples: the racial legacy of colonialism in Mexico, Blog Progress in Political Economy, June 30.

Durán Matute, I. 2020. Resignificar espacios, dignificar pueblos. Del INPI a la ‘casa de todos los pueblos’, Voces en lucha, November.

Durán Matute, I. 2019. Entender mundos y vincular luchas: El Movimiento de Mujeres Kurdas y los pueblos en México y América Latina, in Herrera, Hadasa and Alejandra Guillén (eds.). Revolución de las mujeres y luchas por la vida. ¡Defender Rojava es defender la humanidad!, pp. 29-42. Guadalajara: Cátedra Jorge Alonso. 

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] 

Durán Matute, I. 2018. Indigenous people contesting neoliberal governance, Blog Progress in Political Economy, June 5.

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 

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. 

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.