Anthropology Colloquia: Dr. Kristina Lyons


Start Date: Mar 25, 2022 - 02:00pm

Location: Zoom

Kristina Lyons will present her talk Nature’ and Territories as Victims in Colombia’s Transitional Justice Process virtually on Friday, March 25  at 2 pm as part of the 2022 Spring Anthropology Colloquia Speaker Series.  You can access the talk here 

Across different national contexts, liberal legal frameworks have primarily focused on human victims of war crimes and violence as violations of human rights and international law.  In Colombia, there is growing legal recognition that ‘nature’ and territories are also casualties of war, requiring punitive sanctioning and reparative treatment in the country’s transitional justice process. Informed by fieldwork among magistrates, bureaucrats, and Indigenous, Afro-descendent, and campesino victim organizations, this talk examines how communities inhabiting the epicenters of violence, along with officials responsible for public policies of transitional justice, are attempting to expand the tenets of this dominant post-conflict paradigm. 

Kristina Lyons is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds affiliations with the Center for Experimental Ethnography and the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies.  Kristina’s current research is situated at the interfaces of socio-ecological conflicts, and science and legal studies in Colombia and Latin America.  Her manuscript, Vital Decomposition: Soil Practitioners and Life Politics (Duke 2020) was awarded honorable mention by the Bryce Wood Book Award committee from the Latin American Studies Association.  

Hosted by the UNM Department of Anthropology, the  Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, and the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII)  the Department Colloquia Speaker Series will continue this semester.  Talks from this years series are available on our You Tube for your viewing.

Upcoming speakers include:

April 1            Angelyn Bass (UNM) and Douglas Porter (University of Vermont)

April 15          Webb Keane (University of Michigan)

April 22         Jana Valesca Meyer (UNM)

May 6           Shaylih Muehlmann (University of British Columbia)