Part I. Colonialism and Science. 1. On the Tropical Origins of the Alps: Science and the Colonial Imagination of Switzerland, 1700-1900 / Bernhard C. Schär. 2. Race in the Making: Colonial Encounters, Body Measurements and the Global Dimensions of Swiss Racial Science, 1900-1950 / Pascal Germann. 3. The Other's Colony: Switzerland and the Discovery of Côte d'Ivoire / Lukas Meier. Part II. (Post)colonial Economies. 4. Patriotic Bonds and the Danger of Estrangement: Swiss Networks in Colonial Southeast Asia (1850-1930) / Andreas Zangger. 5. 'Wonderland' Peru: Migration and the Making of an Andean Switzerland / Angela Sanders. 6. Bollywood, Chicken Curry - and IT: The Public Spectacle of the Indian Exotic, and Postcolonial Anxieties in Switzerland / Rohit Jain. Part III. (Post)colonial Self-Representations. 7. Becoming Imperial: A Swiss Woman's Shifting Identity in British Southern Africa / Ruramisai Charumbira. 8. From 'Native' Alpine Guides to Foreign 'Sahibs' in the Himalayas: Swiss Identity Formation at the Moment of Decolonization / Patricia Purtschert. 9. Overburdened White Men (and Women): Ruptured Self-Images of Young Swiss in the 'Third World' (1950s to 1970s) / Patricia Hongler and Marina Lienhard.Part IV. (Post)colonial Politics and Counter-Politics. 10. The Other Side of Internationalism: Switzerland as Hub of Militant Anti-Colonialism (c. 1910-1920) / Harald Fischer-Tiné. 11. 'The Chinaman of old cannot be compared to the Chinaman of today': Official Views of China and the Construction of Colonial Knowledge in Interwar Switzerland / Ariane Knüsel. 12. Glimpses into the Hearts of Whiteness: Institutions of Intimacy and the Desirable National / Anne Lavanchy. Colonial Complicities and Hidden Imperial Entanglements: An Afterword / Shalini Randeria.
4e de couv.: A turn towards the colonial margin' can be observed lately within colonial and postcolonial studies. It has been argued that states without former colonies and their inhabitants shared colonial discourses and were intensely involved in colonial practices. This anthology looks at Switzerland, which constitutes a perfect case in point for a host of reasons: its strong economic involvement with imperial projects of other European countries, its transnationally entangled scientific community, its doctrine of neutrality, which, among other things, made the country attractive as operational base for anti-colonial activists, the significance of Swiss Christian missions as well of the secular development aid sector thereafter, and, last but not least, a palpable, though often denied racist discourse in contemporary public debates. This collection brings together the most exciting and challenging products of recent scholarship on colonial and postcolonial Switzerland and makes them available in English for the first time.