Elba Tyanif Rico Rodriguez

Tyanif Rico Rodríguez is a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Researcher in Environmental Humanities interested in Latin American Environmental History and Local struggles for Territorial Care. I’m teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology and at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University. I have co-edited magazines and specialized books on socio-environmental conflicts and territory in Latin America, and published articles, reviews, and photo-essays on peasant community organization and agrarian conflicts in Colombia. My current research interest is the territorial relations of care in more than human entanglements in contexts of coffee production in México and Colombia..



Frothcoming. “Care, quality and taste. Specialty coffee classification and affective relations in multispecies entanglements”          

Forthcoming. “Understanding tropical Andes from the Antropocene between 1810-1950” in the Handbook series: Biodiversity at El Antropoceno como Crisis Múltiple. Perspectivas desde América Latina Edited by CALAS

Forthcoming. “Estrategias de Cuidado Territorial y Multiespecie: Prácticas y discursos de los campesinos de Nariño, Colombia” en Rupturas en el Antropoceno Cuidados ante las crisis socioecológicas, CLACSO, CALAS.

2023. “Cuidado del territorio y reconocimiento del campesinado como sujeto de derechos. Experiencia desde el norte de Nariño y sur del Cauca, Colombia”. LEISA – Revista de Agroecología.

2022. “Usos y Definiciones del Territorio en Contextos de Explotación Minera: Miradas al Macizo Colombiano.” At the Forum for Inter-American Studies – FIAR Vol. 15.2 (Dec. 2022) 10-29.

2021. “Staying with borders. Ethical considerations on content and procedures in theater” in CSPA Quarterly 33.

2021. “Contested Meanings of territorial production: Modern territories of coffee and steel in Colombia” in Territorializing space in Latin America. Springer Book Series.

2021. McCall, M., Napoletano, B., Boni, A., Rico-Rodríguez, T. (Eds) “Territorializing Space in Latin America”, Springer Book Series.

2021. Rico-Rodríguez, T., Urquijo, P., “Sobre la figura del Campesino en Colombia, De la gestión del espacio al ordenamiento social del territorio” Historia Agraria, Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural 83: 225-258.

2020. “Vital Decompositions: Soil Practitioners & Life Politics” a Review. Revista Antípoda.

2020. “Cartografías de la agencia. Apuntes para una etnogeografía de paisaje. El caso de Nariño, Colombia” in Urquijo & Boni (2020) Huellas en el paisaje. Geografía, Historia y Ambiente en las Américas. UNAM-CIGA, México, pp. 269-289.

2020. “Geografías del cuidado, relaciones territoriales de la producción de café”. Revista Brújula N° 13: 36-64.

2019. “Retratos del trabajo campesino: el cuerpo y el paisaje” Revista Mediaciones N° 23: 71-93.

2017. Rosas-Chávez, N., Rico-Rodríguez, T., “El papel de las mujeres en la construcción de soberanía alimentaria” Revista Géneros Nº 21: 95-118.


Research project as a posdoctoral CALAS fellow

Title: Practices of Territorial Care. An affective analysis of peasant collective strategies in the context of coffee cultivation

The environmental crises are evidence of the multiple crises of the Anthropocene. A term that exposes the entangled relationships that have caused not only global warming, species extinction, and ocean acidification, but also the deepening of social inequalities. In this context, there is an urgent need to find alternatives that link efforts and initiatives to address this crisis, to sustain local livelihoods, biodiversity, and fair exchange relations in a world that needs to repair multiple cares.

My current research project focuses on the responses of different communities and local organisations from the Global South to the challenging conditions created by the multiple crisis. I understand their ways of life and collective struggles from an affective perspective as key efforts to face the crisis and to create multiple worldings and arrangements for our collective life.

This research aims to contribute to a territorial approach based on a notion of nature as a sentient space for living, facing common challenges and taking seriously the place of affects in agricultural production, forest conservation, and local well-being, by providing insights for an idea of 'territorial care' that recognises human and non-human well-being as main objectives. The aim is to explore farmers' perspectives on managing their relationship with nature in the context of Colombian and Mexican coffee production, based on the affective ties that are locally situated and nurtured