[PAST EVENT] Vital Decomposition: Soil Practitioners and Life Politics

February 16, 2023
Integrated Science Center (ISC), Room 1221
540 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location

The Environment and Sustainability Program invites you to the first lecture of our annual spring series. Our first guest speaker is Dr. Kristina Lyons with a presentation titled "Vital Decomposition: Soil Practitioners and Life Politics," under this year's theme "Environmental voices from the margins." Dr. 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. Dr. Lyons’s research is situated at the interfaces of socio-ecological conflicts, the social studies of science, and legal studies in Latin America. Her manuscript, Vital Decomposition: Soil Practitioners and Life Politics, was published by Duke University Press in 2020 and the Spanish translation in 2021 with the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia. It was awarded honorable mention by the Bryce Wood Book Award by the Latin American Studies Association. Dr. Lyons has also worked on the creation of soundscapes, street performances, photographic essays, graphic novels, community radio programs, digital storytelling platforms, and various forms of literary and journalistic writing.