Switzerland plays a central role in the global commodity trade with gold and especially in its refining. Having fueled early modern industrialization as well as contemporary finance, Swiss trading and refining activities have influenced vivid cultural, affective and moral economies. They have contributed to Swiss wealth, but also to national narratives of independence, safety and white supremacy. The volume follows the entanglements of the global metabolism of gold by tracking down the elusive and often invisible paths of molecules, affects and violence: Swiss Psychotropic Gold.
Contributors: Adji Dieye, Nina Bandi, Elke Bippus, Yolanda Ariadne Collins, Fundación Mareia, Gitanjali Dang, Anna Frei, Ayesha Hameed, Rohit Jain, knowbotiq, Angela Melitopoulos / Angela Anderson, Margarida Mendes, Johannes Paul Raether, Gerald Raunig, Jordy Rosenberg, Christoph Schenker, Jakob Tanner, Ira Terzol jr, Füsun Türetken, Yvonne Volkart