This research draws on years of local-level fieldwork on both artisanal and large-scale gold mining in Eastern DRCongo, but tries to ‘scale this up’ by looking at how global dynamics shape gold production networks.
In a first paper I reflect upon the notions of uncertainty and risk, hope and expectations. These are crucially shaping artisanal and small-scale as well as large-scale gold production networks, albeit in different ways. In both production networks I focus on ‘uncertainty and risk’ in markets (local as well as intrenational), states, and the underground (materiality).
This is a work in progress. See the presentation I gave at the workshop on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, on 10-11 November 2016: Uppsala workshop_Geenen