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"What to conserve, how and why? Fundamentals for environmental conservation"

Massive online open course (MOOC) animated video about environmental conservation made by the Universidad del Rosario in Colombia that depicts ideas about the valorization of nature(s). 



Interview with Sophie Chao for her More than Human Worlds website



Launch of the Spanish translation of Vital Decomposition: Soils, Selva and Life Proposals. Organized by the University of Rosario Press



Transitional Justice in Colombia: Visibilizing Nature and Territories as Silent Victims of Armed Conflict

Join this conversation with the Magistrate Belkis Izquierdo Torres regarding the Special Jurisdiction for Peace's (JEP) work to render visible nature and territories as victims of armed conflict in Colombia's transitional justice process. Event in Spanish and English.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

4:00 - 5:30 pm



Regional Focus Program - "Defending Rivers".

Listen to this radio program on the defense of rivers hosted by the Regional Focus Program at  the Universidad de la Amazonia in Caquetá.

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Book Club

Session 7: Socio-ecological Conflicts

Rivers have memory

Organized by Pensar desde las Plantas with the support of the Museo la Tertulia (Cali, Colombia)

Pensar desde las Plantas is an initiative of the Humanidades Ambientales platform



Digital Environmental Justice 

Storytelling Project

Thrilled to share this link to our Digital Environmental Justice Storytelling Project. This is a public engaged platform we built with students in our Transdisciplinary Environmental Humanities course during the Fall 2020 semester and an amazing group of collaborators and community partners in Colombia. It is an invitation to learn how different communities in Colombia engage with the arts, sciences, and law in their activism and daily life to navigate environmental health uncertainties and conflicts over the use and care of forests, páramos, urban air and bodies of water. The site is available in English and Spanish.


3° National Colloquium of Social of the Studies of Science and Technology: Facing the Challenges of Democracy in the 21st Century

Join this virtual session of the 3rd National Colloquium of Social of the Studies of Science and Technology: Facing the Challenges of Democracy in the 21st Century.


The conference I am giving is titled, “Reflections for the social studies of science in times of conflict and transition.”


The event is organized by the National University of Colombia, Universidad del Rosario, Humboldt Institute, and Javeriana University.


For more information see:



Botanical Speculations

Hojarasca: Selva and Decomposition

Join this virtual session of Botanical Speculations led by Alejandro Ponce de León (Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Davis), Paloma Mayorga (Artist, Austin TX), Kristina Lyons (Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania), and Daniel Jiménez Quiroz (M.A. Arts Administration & Policy, SAIC), members of the Latin American platform Humanidades Ambientales.

Thinking through the vitality, impermanence, and fragility of South America's selvas, this session hopes to complicate modernist bifurcations between life and death, form and function, materiality and politics, amongst others. As we speculate through the selection of literature and images curated for this session, the invitation is also to muddle idyllic interpretations of natural landscapes by carefully attending to re-and-de-composition processes that make and unmake places.


Thursday, December 3, 5 pm CST

The link for the precirculated readings:

The Zoom link for the event:



Why does conflict persist in Colombia?

Join this virtual conversation: Why does conflict persist in Colombia? Lessons from the nexus: environment, territory and health


Organized by the PazAltoCauca Project of the Universidad del Valle and Loughborough University, with a special invitation by the Truth Commission (Group on Work in Health and Drugs and Armed Conflict Team CEV)  


Thursday, November 12, 10:00 -12:00 (Colombian hour)


The link for the event:



Conversations on field issues

Join this conversation on multidisciplinary and public social science hosted by the Departament of Anthropology and Sociology at the Universidad de Caldas and the Semillero on Field Issues and Anthropologcial Writing. 


Wednesday, October 21 from 2-4 pm (Colombian hour)


Link to join:

Rights of nature for bodies of water - Kristina Lyons


Rights of Nature for Bodies of Water

Join this conversation on the granting of legal rights to the Atrato River in Colombia from legal, social scientific, and community water guardian perspectives.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

2-4:30 pm

Connect to the webinar in Zoom.

Latin American Panel on Water Justice


Latin American Panel on Water Justice - Kristina Lyons

Join this panel on Hydric Justice in Latin America: Water Situated in Territorial and Cultural Perspectives. The event is organized by the Bogotá City Council member Ati Quigua Izquierdo.

Monday, October 12 at 5 pm Colombia hour.

Connect to the event at this link:

Vital Decomposition book talk


WEBINAR: Vital Decomposition Book Talk

Environmental Humanities Lecture

This webinar is organized by the Anthropogenic Soils Collaboratory in collaboration with the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities

Oct. 8, 2020

10:15 AM-12:00 PM EST

4:15 PM–6:00 PM Oslo hour

Register for the webinar in Zoom.



Knowledge for whom and for what?

Conocimiento para quien y para qué - Kristina Lyons

Join this conversation on the role of public social sciences in critical times. Hosted by the Laboratory of Social Transformations and the Ph.D. in Social Sciences at the Universidad Diego Portales of Chile.

Friday, September 25 at 4:30 pm

Click here for more information and to register for the event.

Recetario de sabores lejanos- Kristina Lyons


Recipe Book of Far Away Flavors

Recipe Book of Far Away Flavors is a comic documentary that gathers together eight histories that explore the relationship between socio-environmental conflicts and food, which communities produce and consume and that are affected by these conflicts in different regions of Colombia.  

Is Colombia living a postconflict? Kristina Lyons


Conversing about Amazonia 

Radio Program on the Colombian Amazon. What is the Amazon Basin? Which countries form part of it? Who or what is damaging this great ecosystem? How can solutions be built  from the territory?

Conversando sobre AmazoníaKristina Lyons
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Investigar, un problema?, Research: it is a problem? Kristina Lyons


Research: it is a problem?

Conversation with the Political Science Program at the Surcolombiana University about trajectories of research as vital experience.

Is Colombia living a postconflict? Kristina Lyons


Is Colombia living a postconflict?

Radio Program on the Colombian peace process.  Post-conflict or post-Peace accord?: A debate on the complexities of the peace process in Colombia and some lessons for Mexico. 

Está Colombia viviendo un post conflicto?Kristina Lyons
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Entangling Ecologies knowledges and kinship - Kristina Lyons


Entangling Ecologies, Knowledges and Kinships

Public conversation between Donna Haraway and Brigette Baptiste moderated by Kristina Lyons in the Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Theater in Bogotá, Colombia. August 6, 2019 

Rio Mandur Memoria - Kristina Lyons

Timeline of the socio-environmental memories of the Mandur River created in collaboration with the artist, Marco Pinto, December 19, 2018. 

mundos de papel - kristina Lyons
mundos de papel - kristina Lyons

Pop-up book pages created by students at the Rural Educative Institute, Las Perlas, Puerto Guzmán with the artist group, Mundos de Papel. November 2018.  "Imagining a recovered Mandur"

Taller en Buena Esperanza - Kristina Lyons

Workshop with the community Buena Esperanza in the upper area of the watershed. October 2019. 

Mandur memories - Kristina Lyons

Drawings of the socio-environmental memories of the fish of the Mandur created by Marco Pinto, December 19, 2018. 

On October 28th, the 16th and 22nd of December 2018, we organized three community dialogues in Puerto Guzmán, Galilea and Santa Lucia with social leaders from the upper, middle and lower areas of the Mandur River watershed. We sought to create a propositional atmosphere instead of only denouncing the contamination of the river and the degradation of the territory in order to discuss the potential recovery of the watershed through community agreements. During the dialogues, community members expressed that: “the watershed is our home”, “we are brothers and sisters”, and “we should search to build solidarity between everyone.”  Relationships of solidarity between the communities is very important because a watershed is connected in all of its dimensions. What happens upstream affects life downstream and vice versa. During the series of dialogues, the different sectors inhabiting the watershed committed to the implementation of action plans to begin to recover the Mandur.  

Rivers and Reconcialiation - Kristina Lyons

March 2018-January 2020

Rivers and Reconciliation

Community Ordinance, Recovery and Conservation of the Mandur River Watershed, Puerto Guzmán, Putumayo

Participatory action-research project in collaboration with Fundación ItarKa, Marco Pinto, Mundos de Papel, and the rural communities of the Mandur River watershed.

On March 23rd, 24th, 31st, October 20th and November 3rd 2018, we organized workshops in the communities of Buenos Aires del Mandur, Las Perlas, Galilea, and with the Association of Women Gold Panners in Santa Lucia to begin to reconstruct the socio-ecological memory of the Mandur River watershed. Our goal was to reconstruct the socio-environmental history of the territory, engage in a popular diagnosis of the state of the flora and fauna, and support community actions to recover and conserve the watershed. We sought to create spaces for community dialogue to discuss the problems affecting the watershed: gold mining, oil exploration, deforestation, expansion of cattle ranching, illicit coca crops, lack of potable water, state abandonment, presence of armed groups, and conflicts between rural communities. During the workshops, residents shared the reasons that they settled and remained living in the territory of the Mandur: fishing, swimming, mobility, beauty, los paseos de olla, the refreshing microclimates produced by the shade of the trees along the banks of the river, the wild animals that they hunted and lived with, and the access to water. They recognized the need to mitigate the contamination occurring at the headwaters in the upper part of the watershed and to reforest the middle and lower parts of the watershed, proposing solutions to conserve the water and forests through community agreements. The mid and long range goals with the communities of the watershed include recovering not only the Mandur River, but also the areas of forest, wetland, creeks and streams; constructing practices of ‘living well’ in the territory; and transforming the economic systems in harmony with the selva, the river, and all of their beings


Soundscape about life in the middle of armed conflict and daily resistance on the part of rural communities in Puerto Guzmán, Putumayo. This was a collaborative project with a team from the Center for National Memory, (CNMH) and the piece was launched during the exhibition “Voices to Transform Colombia” at the International Book Fair of Bogotá in April 2018.

Life in the middle of armed conflict - Kristina Lyons

Life in the middle of armed conflict

La vida en medio del conflicto armadoKristina Lyons
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Cultivating living well in the Amazon - Kristina Lyons


Cultivating Living Well in the Amazon 

“Cultivating Living Well in the Amazon” is a popular education audiovisual project that seeks to disseminate viable technical alternatives and campesino-to-campesino pedagogies that permit the flourishing of rural communities in their territories. It aims to support the creation of sustainable agroecological systems based on the Andean-Amazonian region and, at the same time, to strengthen food autonomy and agricultural production in ways that guarantee a dignified life for rural families. It supports the formulation of PLADIA-2035 (Integral Andean-Amazonian Development Plan) designed by campesino communities in the department of Putumayo and that forms part of their social and political struggles since the Coca Growers' Marches of 1996.  This project is a product of the proposals, practices, knowledges, and efforts of the campesino, indigenous and Afro-descendent communities of the Andean-Amazonian foothills of southwestern Colombia. Especially, the Regional Working Group of Campesino, Indigenous, Afro-descendent, Youth, and Union Social Movements of Putumayo, Baja Bota Caucana and Cofanía Jardines de Sucumbiós, Nariño.  Filming and edition work was done by Ricardo Velasco and the scripts were produced in collaboration with Heraldo Vallejo, Nelso Enriquez and Elva Montenegro.

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