The International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies (IRGAC) is an initiative of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung that brings together more than 15 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 completed her PhD in Social Sciences with a major in History at the Latinoamerican Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO Ecuador, 2017). She originally studied Psychology and Communications in Havana, Cuba, and was a researcher at the Cuban Institute of Cultural Research “Juan Marinello” from 2006 to 2019.

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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, defense pending), 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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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 is an Argentinian scholar at the National University of La Plata, where he was a researcher at the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Institute and Associate Professor at the Department of Education. He holds a PhD in philosophy and studied philosophy and history at the National University of Tucumán (the city of his birth) and at the National University of La Plata.

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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 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).

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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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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 within the Popular Front Darío Santillán – National Current and allied organizations, and is active in union struggles within the University and Research Center where he is employed.

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Nwet Kay Khine

Nwet Kay Khine, a former journalist and a writer from Myanmar, is now a research associate at the Center for Social Development Studies under the Faculty of Political Science of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.

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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. His doctoral research at the University of Sussex looks at the process of Brazilian state-formation from the colonial period to late 19th century.

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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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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 Senior Lecturer at the University of the Philippines, School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP SOLAIR), teaching comparative labour movements in the second semester for the 2019–2020 academic year.

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