Filipe Calvao


Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Development, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Visiting Fellow
(September – December 2016)


Ritual Capital: Value, Secrecy and Transparency in Angola’s Diamond Mines

This project examines the social life of capital in the context of the global diamond mining industry. Based on historical and ethnographic research of extractive labor and trade in artisanal and industrial mines in Angola and at jewelry auctions, it seeks to understand how certain practices and cultural resources are mobilized in the circulation and reproduction of capital. In the transition from a colonial to a socialist, and post-socialist economy in Angola, it suggests that secrecy and transparency are socially co-produced in the double bind of concealment and revelation, corporate opacity and accountability.