Melina Campos Ortiz

PhD Student in Social and Cultural Analysis 

Melina Campos Ortiz (b. 1984, San Jose, Costa Rica) is a Ph.D. at the department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia. She holds a MA in Media Practice for Development and Social Change from the University of Sussex in England and a BSc in Economics from the University of Costa Rica. She uses Feminist Science and Technology Studies to explore human-soil relations in organic farming in Quebec, paying particular attention to Central American migrant workers’ experiences. She looks forward to combining her passion for speculative non-fiction and creative ethnographic practices to produce a multi-media project to re-imagine organic farming storytelling. Besides, Melina currently coordinates an SHRCC-funded project at the Concordia Ethnography Lab, which seeks to strengthen the ties between ethnography labs in North America while exploring ethnography at its innovative margins. Finally, she is also an active member of the Milieux Institute, where she has exposed her work and often contributes as a writer for their website. 

Campos Ortiz, M. 2022. Abolissons les tropiques: An Ethnography of Becoming with Sensoria. EthnoBlab. [Online]. Available from: 

Campos Ortiz, M. 2021. Co-existimos! A multi-species inquiry into insects as urban companion species. Montreal: Centre for Sensory Studies. Available from: 

Campos Ortiz, M. 2021. Abolissons les tropiques: An Ethnography of Anticipating Sensoria. EthnoBlab. [Online]. Available from: 

Campos Ortiz, M. 2021. Abolissons les tropiques: An Ethnography of Absent Sensoria. EthnoBlab. [Online]. Available from: 


Multi-modal Projects     

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A visual and sound exploration of the memory of the scenic arts in two rural areas of Costa Rica. Multimedia Project funded by PROARTES, 2019.       

Grandmother. Short-Documentary. Co-director along with Charanpreet Khaira and Heather Dirckze. Official selection of the Women Over-fifty Film Festival (WOFF) 2018 and London Migration Film Festival 2019. Award for Best Student Film at WOFF, 2018.  



In the Middle, a Chimera (Milieux Institute for Arts Culture and Technology, May 5-18, 2022): Abolissons les tropiques: An ethnography of snow in three blog entries.