The Day of the Waterfall: Tourism, Identity, and Gender at the Trollhättan Hydropower Plant



Every year in early summer, tourists flock to the western Swedish town of Trollhättan to experience the “‘Day of the Waterfall,”’, when the once-famous waterfalls of Trollhättan come to live again for a few hours. The event was first celebrated in 1959, when <i>Vattenfall</i>, the State Power Board, faced increasing protest against hydropower exploitation. The spectacle of Day of the Waterfall appealed to narratives of local and national identity as well as to gendered imaginations of nature and technology which were intended to give <i>Vattenfall</i> an environmentally- and socially- friendly image.

Author Biography

Fabian Zimmer, Berlin Technical University (TU)

Fabian Zimmer is a postdoctoral researcher at Technische Universität Berlin. He works at the intersection of cultural history, environmental history, and history of technology. After studying at the universities of Heidelberg and Lund, he was was a doctoral student at the Rachel Carson Center and Deutsches Museum. He received his PhD from LMU Munich in 2020 for a thesis on the PR and film work of hydropower companies in 1950s Europe.