The question is not what a human being is, but what kinds of encounters and beings render us human.​



I’m an anthropologist, ethnographer of war, rural worlds, and human-animal relationships. I wrote a book (When Forest Run Amok. War and its Afterlives in Indigenous and Afro-Colombian territories) that describes the way war becomes an experience that extends beyond the human, affecting many other beings with whom people share the forests and rivers that make up one of the most biodiverse places in the world.

My ethnographic argument aims to lay the foundations of a more inclusive transitional and restorative justice, enhancing practices of memory, truth and reconciliation in Colombia and beyond. The tenet is simple: to redress the harm violence provokes, one needs to consider the lively relationalities of peoples and their natural worlds, taking into account the agency and personhood of beings such as animals, rivers, forests, mountains or spirits.

I’ve written more than fifteen scholarly articles and I’m the editor of two books. I’m also the scriptwriter of four podcast series and I teach courses on environmental anthropology, animal studies, research methods, and Latin American history.

For my next project, I’ll work at the intersection of ethnohistory and phenomenological approaches to places to describe the material and spiritual legacies left by the rubber boom (1880-1930) in the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples living in Northwest Amazonia.