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Three Kroner a Day:
 Economic Agency of Greenlanders in Polar Science around 1900


Public lecture with historian Lea Pfäffli (Zurich): "Three Kroner a Day:
Economic Agency of Greenlanders in Polar Science around 1900"

When: Wednesday 8 March at 19.30

Where: Auditorium at Ilisimatusarfik campus Ilimmarfik

At the beginning of the 20th century, a number of glaciologists, meteorologists and geologists from Switzerland traveled to Greenland, commissioned by the Danish administration. Conducting their work, the Swiss scientists were highly dependent on the local knowledge of Greenlanders, who assisted them and thus had a large share in the success of their scientific undertakings. Lea Pfäffli analyzes the economic character of those encounters between the Greenlanders and the Swiss as well as the role which the Royal Greenland Trading Department played in this context. Drawing on photographs, Swiss travel reports, invoices, receipts and some Greenlandic self-representations, her lecture will reveal aspects of economic agency of Greenlanders in Polar Science around 1900. 

Historian Lea Pfäffli is a PhD-student at ETH Zurich (Switzerland), and a member of the Graduate Centre History of Knowledge as well as the doctoral program Migration and Postcoloniality meet Switzerland. Her current research is about Swiss-Greenlandic entanglements and the production of knowledge. Pfäffli is also the co-editor of a book about the colonial history of the town of Zurich.

The lecture will be held in English.

Tea, coffee and cake will be served afterwards - and there will be time for questions and discussion.

Everyone is welcome.


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