Aviation Skills, Manly Adventures and Imperial Tears: The Dhaulagiri Expedition and Switzerland’s Techno-Colonialism.

Purtschert, Patricia (2016). Aviation Skills, Manly Adventures and Imperial Tears: The Dhaulagiri Expedition and Switzerland’s Techno-Colonialism. National Identities, 18(1), pp. 53-69. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/14608944.2016.1095492

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The article shows how powerful colonial discourses are in Switzerland, especially with regard to popular narratives on national identity. It starts with the Swiss Dhaulagiri expedition of 1960, which led to the first ascent of this Himalayan mountain, and how it is remembered 50 years later. The paper examines how in the discourse surrounding this expedition, the colonial trajectory of mountain climbing is linked to the use of technology (in this case aviation) and the emergence of white masculinity. It is argued that up to the present day, this ‘techno-colonialism’ is crucial for the self-conception of Switzerland.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

09 Interdisciplinary Units > Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (ICFG)

UniBE Contributor:

Purtschert, Patricia

ISSN:

1460-8944

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Vanessa Näf

Date Deposited:

07 Oct 2016 15:54

Last Modified:

07 Oct 2016 15:54

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/14608944.2016.1095492

Uncontrolled Keywords:

colonialism, technology, aviation, masculinity, whiteness, mountaineering, Himalaya, Switzerland

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/88561

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