Dr. Alba Valenciano Mañé


  • 2017 - PhD, University of Barcelona with the Thesis ‘The clothes of extraversion. Circulation, consumption and power in Equatorial Guinea’ (Supervisor: Dr. Josep Martí I Pérez). Excelente ‘Cum Laude’ (highest mark in the Spanish system)
  • 2009- Postgraduate Diploma in African Studies from the CSIC Spanish National Research Council.
  • 2008 – MA with hons. in Cultural Anthropology (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados con Matrícula de Honor), University of Barcelona
  • 2006 - Postgraduate Certificate of Education for the University of Barcelona (CAP)
  • 2006 - BA in History in University of Barcelona
  • 2002 – High School Diploma in Escola Tècnica Professional del Clot, Barcelona
  • 1984 - Born in Barcelona



I am an economic anthropologist interested in how people construct strategies to make a living and to make sense of the social world they are living. My research focuses on the study of systems of provisioning, consumption strategies, power relationships, and material and political extraversion in Central Africa.

For my PhD thesis entitled ‘The clothes of extraversion. Circulation, consumption and power in Equatorial Guinea’ I worked among female petty traders who build their livelihood strategies between West Africa and Europe and whose trading activities are not mere mechanisms to earn a living but a way to develop social status and meaningful networks.

My previous research included the study of pre-colonial and colonial history of the area that nowadays is Equatorial Guinea, the relationship between material culture and the anthropology of the body, and the analysis of colonial imaginaries through photography and cinema.

I have been recipient of an Excellence Grant from Institut Catalunya-Africa, a Research grant from the Spanish Cooperation Agency, an FI grant from AGAUR (Catalan Research Agency) and a Jae-Pre from the European Social Fund and the Spanish Research Council.



Together with Prof. Dornberger I am teaching the African Studies Bachelor’s module ‘Regional Development in Africa’. I teach qualitative research methods at SEPT’s MBA programme.



  • VALENCIANO-MAÑÉ, A .(in press) “When the big ones abandon the market: morals and politics of price in Equatorial Guinea”  in Orlando, G. and Luetchfort, P. (eds.) The Politics and Ethics of the Just Price: Ethnographies of Market Exchange. Research in Economic Anthropology, Emerald
  • VALENCIANO-MAÑÉ, A. (in press) “La economía moral del negocio. Crisis y malas prácticas en Guinea Ecuatorial” in Aranzadi, J. Nuevos horizontes en los estudios sobre Guinea Ecuatorial. Madrid-UNED
  • VALENCIANO-MAÑÉ, A et al.  (in press) “Fuentes escritas, audiovisuales y materiales sobre Guinea Ecuatorial” in Aranzadi, J. Nuevos horizontes en los estudios sobre Guinea Ecuatorial. Madrid-UNED
  • VALENCIANO-MAÑÉ, A. (2014) "De vestidos y colonización en Guinea Ecuatorial. En busca de agencias escondidas en las narrativas coloniales (1850-1914)" Revista Debats num. 123: 28-42
  • BAYRE, F.; VALENCIANO-MAÑÉ, A. (2014) “The biography of a visual archive: the production of Hermic Films in the Spanish Guinea (1944-1946)” Visual Anthropology Vol. 27 (4): 379-393
  • VALENCIANO-MAÑÉ, A. (2013) "Consum y mercantilització dels cossos joves a Malabo" Revista Quaderns (Institut Català d'Antropología). Num. 29: 153-173
  • VALENCIANO-MAÑÉ, A. (2012) “Vestido, Identidad y folklore. La invención de un vestido nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial” Revista de Dialectología y Tradiciones Populares Vol. LXVII n. 1: 267-296
  • VALENCIANO-MAÑÉ, A.; BAYRE, F. (2011) “Basta saber algo de nuestra historia: alteritat colonial a la pel·lícula Misiones de Guinea (Hermic Films, 1948)”, Quaderns-e. Num. 16 (1-2): 201-217
  • VALENCIANO-MAÑÉ, A (2011) “Africanidad y vestido: un recorrido por la biografía social de la moda africana en Guinea Ecuatorial” II Jornada de Antropología de Guinea Ecuatorial. Madrid: UNED-. 193-215
  • GONZÁLEZ-RUIBAL, A.; PICORNELL, LL.; VALENCIANO-MAÑÉ, A. (2011) “Early Iron Age burials from Equatorial Guinea: The sites of Mandji Island” Journal of African Archaeology Vol. 9 (I):46-66
  • VALENCIANO-MAÑÉ, A; BAYRE, F. (2010) “Objetivos Cruzados (Guinea española 1944-1946). Abriendo el archivo de Hermic Films para una reflexión múltiple” Actas del VII Congreso Ibérico de África. Lisboa 9-11 de setembre de 2010. Published online: repositorio.iscte-iul.pt/handle/10071/2196
  • VALENCIANO-MAÑÉ, A.; BAYRE, F. (2009) “Cuerpos naturales, mentes coloniales: Las imágenes de Hermic Films en la Guinea Española” Afro-Hispanic Review  28-II: 245-268.
  • VALENCIANO-MAÑÉ, A.; PICORNELL, L. (2009) “Un museo sin vitrinas en la selva ecuatorial. La exposición de una experiencia” Hermes: revista de museología I: 67-76.


Dr. Alba Valenciano Mañé

International SEPT Program
Leipzig University
Ritterstr. 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Tel:   +49-(0)341-9739762
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