Kristina Lyons

Kristina Lyons

UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Anthropology Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Anthropology Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I have been working in the Colombian Amazon since 2005, and my research tracks human-soil relations across laboratories, greenhouses, gardens, forests and fields. I am interested in the ways practices with “soils” are deeply enmeshed in struggles between farmers, politicians, aid workers and scientists over the meanings of “peace”, “productivity”, “rural development”, “sustainability” and what constitutes a “good and healthy life” in a context of war bound up with the voracious power of capital. I attempt to engage in an ´ecopoetic´ writing practice from which to explore what limits and possibilities – alternative temporal registers, diverse economies, ethico-political arrangements and capacities for freedom – emerge along with different modes of relating, doing and knowing not only for the lives of soils, but for those who engage with soils as partners in-for life.  I have a long term interest in creative writing and photography, and I consider the work of theory in literary style, or more specifically how to make theory through poetic ethnography.

Interests: human-soil relations, science and technology studies, creative writing, ethnography and ecopoetics, Latin America

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Email: kristinalyo@gmail.com