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Laird Christie Annual Lecture in Anthropology
Start Date: 3/21/2019Start Time: 2:30 PM
End Date: 3/21/2019End Time: 4:00 PM

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Rivers and Restitution: The Politics of Post-conflict Baselining and the Reconstruction of Ecological Memory

Issues of war crimes, violence, and dispossession have primarily focused on humans as victims and actors within legal frameworks concerned with the defense and violation of human rights and international humanitarian law. In Colombia public debates have recently emerged over the ways in which soils, rivers, forests, seeds, living beings and other “natural resources” are also casualties and scenes of war and require reparative treatment in the country’s post-peace accord and transitional justice process. This paper employs the strategies of poetic ethnography to address a series of speculative questions: What kinds of environmental standards emerge in efforts to integrate a river’s right to expand, pulsate, and return to its previous course? In what ways might the reconstruction of ecological memory in zones of war/disaster shift practices of restitution and justice? How do citizen-led environmental observatories become alternative democratic forums for local peace-building efforts and the creation of emerging “environmental publics” in times of conflict and transition?

Hosted by the Anthropology Program, the Anthropology Students’ Association, the Department of Global Studies and the Department of English and Film Studies.

Kristina Lyons is assistant professor of Anthropology and Environmental Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been awarded the Cultural Horizons Prize by the Society for Cultural Anthropology and the Junior Scholar Award and Rappaport Prize by the Anthropology and environment section of the American Anthropological Association. Her writing has been published in journals such as Cultural Anthropology, Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, and the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

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Waterloo - Paul Martin Centre
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Name: Tanya Richardson
Phone: 3865
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