Kristina Lyons is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania Her current research is situated at the interfaces of socio-ecological conflicts, transitional justice, community-based forms of reconciliation, and science studies in Colombia. Her forthcoming manuscript, Vital Decomposition: Soil Practitioners and Life Politics (Duke 2020), moves across laboratories, greenhouses, forests, and farms in the capital city of Bogotá and the Andean-Amazonian department of Putumayo. It weaves together an intimate ethnography of two kinds of practitioners – state soil scientists and campesinos – who attempt to cultivate alternatives to commercial coca crops and the military-led, growth-oriented development paradigms intended to substitute them. In 2015, Dr. Lyons directed a popular education documentary film project based on farmer-to-farmer alternative agricultural practices called Cultivating a Bien Vivir (Living Well) in the Amazon. She is currently collaborating with an environmental NGO, Fundación ItarKa, in Puerto Guzmán, Putumayo on a project called “Rivers and Reconciliation,” which consists in the reconstruction of the socio-ecological memory of the Mandur River watershed in the Colombian Amazon and the community-based governance, recovery and conservation of the Mandur.
Interests: Feminist, postcolonial and decolonial interfaces with science studies, environmental humanities, politics of ‘nature’ and ‘matter’, ethnographic theory, experimental ethnography and poetics, politics and the political in Latin America, socio-ecological justice, Colombia and Latin America.
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