[ Affiliation ]

Centre de Recherches et d'Etudes Anthropologiques Faculté d'Anthropologie et de Sociologie Université Lumière Lyon 2 Campus Porte des Alpes, Bâtiment K 5, Avenue Pierre Mendès-France 69676 Bron Cedex, France

[ Research ]

Project: Immigration, health and human rights in the United States

In 2009, I started to conduct research on the health disparities of immigrants and refugees in the United States. My current research centers on issues surrounding health and human rights seeking to understand how recent immigrants face health effects of "illegality." You can see an interview from October 2014 about my work on the health effects of "illegality" among Latino immigrants on Fox47.

Project: Protected areas and ecotourism in Mexico

I began a second long-term research project in Mexico in 2004, funded by the FYSSEN foundation in 2004-2005 and smaller university grants. I have conducted extensive field trips between 2004 and 2008 but have been unable to go back to the field for long temr research due to increased violence. This projects centers on the dynamic interactions between indigenous peoples and state-supported conservation and development projects with a focus on human-environment interactions, environmentalism, and conservation discourses and practices. Specifically, I look at conflict and cooperation in a number of natural protected areas, biosphere reserves or buffer zones in the Huasteca over time.

The Huasteca Region Map
:: the Huasteca:: click map to enlarge

These sites are located in the vicinity of, or directly on indigenous lands and are managed or co-managed by the local inhabitants. Some of these areas are prime ecotourism and adventure tourism spots. In many cases, the latter seem to create conflict in the local hamlets and may even lead to the demise of traditional agricultural and ritual practices in favor of eco- and culture tourism. Over the next few years I plan to continue to examine the relationships between past and present land uses, meanings of the environment, changing ecological perception in the context of conservation and tourism projects.

Looking Upstream of the Micos Waterfall:: micos waterfall ::
© 2002 kristina tiedje
Long Shot of the Tamul Waterfalls
:: tamul waterfalls ::
© 2002 kristina tiedje


Project: Politics of Religion, Nature, and Culture in the Huasteca

From 1999 to 2004, I studied links between territory and identity in an indigenous rights movement to protect sacred sites at a time when indigenous activists have claimed rights to full citizenship. I was particularly interested in the ways in which indigenous leaders adopted and transformed the nationalist ideology of liberal multiculturalism and legal pluralism to advance some kind of Spivakian strategic essentialism. To understand the strategic utilization of indigenous religions and cosmology in their land claims, I collected specific ethnographic case material focusing on Nahua wisdom stories, beliefs, and ritual. I also analyzed regional practices that helped to mobilize indigenous peoples across ethnic and linguistic boundaries to claim sacred sites and other spaces in the landscape that have historically been inaccessible for indigenous public ceremonies.  

Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
© 2002 kristina tiedje


Project: Gender and Development in Mexico

From 1996 to 1999, I studied the characteristics and outcomes of gendered community participation and poverty alleviation projects as tools for empowerment in terms of challenging cultural stereotypes and gendered inequalities. I examined a grassroots movement in the Huasteca region that engaged in a gendered model of participatory development. Testimonials with rural and indigenous women highlighted the social complexity of their realities and emphasized the situational nature of ethnic identity as a political and strategic choice influenced by political agendas.

La Flor del Café Outside Wall Mural:: la Flor del Café ::
© 2003 kristina tiedje
A Women Roasting Coffee:: roasting coffee ::
© 1997 kristina tiedje


[ Fieldwork ]

Fieldwork in the United States

I conduct research in medical anthropology in the United States. I currently work in collaboration with several local community clinics and community organizations with Latino immigrants in Minnesota.

Fieldwork in Mexico

I started my field research in in the Huasteca, Mexico with Nahua and Teenek peoples on religion and the environment and gender and development in 1997. I have done several long term field trips over the years.


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