Rights of Nature in Times of Conflict and Transition
An undergraduate seminar taught by Assistant Professor Kristina Lyons (Anthropology & PPEH) considers how the recognition of "nature" as a victim of war may transform understandings of violence, and hence, approaches to constructing peace.
In fall 2020, Drs. Kristina Lyons and Marilyn Howarth, their students from ANTH 310: Transdisciplinary Environmental Humanities, and their collaborators in Colombia on created the The Digital Environmental Justice Storytelling Project. This project is a public engaged collaboration between undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania and community organizations and civil society initiatives in Colombia. It is part of a keystone course for the new environmental humanities undergraduate minor at UPenn that was offered in Fall 2020 in conjunction with the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program.
The platform 'explores four environmental justice struggles from the voices of environmental regulators, legal fields, scientific practitioners, artists, grassroots movements, and interethnic urban and rural communities. It also explores the structural roots of these environmental justice struggles and places emphasis on community proposals and the efforts of citizens to transform socio-enviromental conflicts in the defense of healthy territories and urban landscapes.'
View the robust and engaging Digital Environmental Justice Storytelling Project at the website https://www.environmentaljusticecolombia.com/.