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In my PhD research (2016-2020), I explore the socio-territorial organization of wildcat gold mining. Specifically, I look at which types of extractive relations, political subjectivities, and localized forms of state-making emerge on the allegedly "unregulated" gold frontier of Chocó, Colombia. My research is funded by the Latin American Studies Programme.

Prior to my PhD, I conducted ethnographic research on the relationship between indigeneity and Pentecostalism in Guatemala (Bachelor thesis) and on the effects of socio-economic insecurity on the construction of social class identity in Argentina (Master thesis).


Nov. 2015 - Aug 2016: Thesis supervisor of pre-graduate students at Utrecht University.

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gold Social Sciences
political relations Social Sciences
study program Social Sciences
Guatemala Social Sciences
bachelor Social Sciences
Colombia Social Sciences
social class Social Sciences
Argentina Social Sciences

Research Output 2015 2017

  • 1 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Activities 2016 2019

LASA 2019: "Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion"

Jesse Jonkman (Participant)
24 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

The Extractive Industries and Society (Journal)

Jesse Jonkman (Reviewer)
1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

Weaving the World: Writing Evocative Ethnographies with Paul Stoller

Jesse Jonkman (Participant)
19 Jun 201822 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopAcademic

18th IUAES World Congress.

Jesse Jonkman (Participant)
16 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Summer School: Governance at the "Edge" of the State? The Spaces of Violence Rule

Jesse Jonkman (Participant)
12 Sep 201614 Sep 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOther eventAcademic