The Gold and Diamond Rush in Kalimantan – Illicit Dendritic Flows of Gold, Money, Jewellery, and Mercury
B131 Collaborative Learning Space
207 Bouverie Street
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A massive gold and diamond rush, triggered by market developments, political-economic change, and technological innovation, has drastically transformed riverine landscapes, induced migration, and provided substantial wealth in parts of Kalimantan. Artisanal gold mining has grown into a major economic sector over the past three decades, fuelled economic developments, and provided livelihoods to tens of thousands of people, but is largely considered illegal.
This seminar will provide insight into the illicit flows of gold, money, jewellery, mercury, and information and the hidden networks of political-economic power directing them. These flows and networks are spatially and hierarchically aligned to the dendritic river network and occasionally reshaped by technological change, raids, and migration. Power built on the flows of gold, hidden flows of money, and entrenched ideologies impede a change of the formal status quo and prevent the gold rush and its effects from being governable.