Itta Bauer

Itta Bauer, Dr.

Senior scientist

Geography Teacher Training

Human Geography

Tel.: 044 63 55147

Room number: Y25 L 08

itta.bauer@geo.uzh.ch

Presentations

2017

7 April 2017
Vital assemblages in geography: paving the way for teaching geography from a socio-material perspective. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, USA. Manuscript

2016

1 September 2016
Nexus Geographies of Young People. RGS-IBG-Konferenz in London.


7 June 2016 / 5 July 2016
"Vital Assemblages" als Konzept einer sozio-materiellen Georaphiedidaktik und Unterrichtspraxis. Einladung zum Humangeographischen Kolloquium in Jena, 7. Juni 2016 und auf dem HGD-Symposium in Salzburg, 5. Juli 2016.


9 May 2016
Gender is Geography: Performativity as Performance. Einladung zum Freiburger Kolloquium für geographische Bildung, zusammen mit Dr. Sara Landolt.

2015


1-6 October 2015
"Vital Assemblages": Akteur-Netzwerk Theorie - Geographiedidaktik - sozio-materielle Unterrichtspraxis. Paper presented at Deutscher Kongress für Geographie in Berlin. Abstract


1 April 2015
Framing Educational Selection: A Study from Zurich, Switzerland. Paper presented at the Journal of Youth Studies Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Abstract

4 February 2015
Bauer, Itta (2015): Approaching geography classes differANTly: Frictions, fractions and socio-material performances. Paper presented at Research Seminar at the School of Education, University of Stirling, U.K. Abstract

2014


26-28 August 2014
"Whose geography is it anyway?" - Co-productions of geography within and beyond classrooms. Paper to be presented at RGS/IBG, London.
Abstract

2013

 21-23 November 2013
MultiTransPlans. Emerging Fields in Educational Ethnography, University of Luxembourg

Taking Geographies of Education back to School
Abstract

 10 April 2013
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, USA

Navigating through the borderlands of youth and education
Abstract

2012


6 November 2012
Forschungsforum, University of Zürich
Presentation and Discussion on “Geographies of Education” (Working Paper)


10-11 January 2012
2nd International Conference on Geographies on Education, Loughborough University, U.K.

You’ve got what it takes? – Educational transitions in Switzerland and
Germany
 Abstract

 

 

Research Interests

Geographies of Education

International social and educational research has recently been influenced by actor-network theory (ANT). The research project aims to introduce a socio-material reading of geoggraphy and geography teaching. For this purpose, the theoretical key concepts of ANT are iluustrated by examples that are drawn from an empirical study of a school in Zurich. To offer a practical solution for teaching geography differANTly, the project elaborates some teaching material inviting teachers and students to follow socio-material traces in geography.

My research is guided by the following questions:

  • In which ways can geographies of education be conceptualized?
  • How can a focus on subjective, personal geographies contribute to a deeper understanding of educational choices, trajectories and biographical transitions?
  • Which methods are suitable for studying geographies of education?
  • How can newer theoretical approaches (e.g. ANT, non-representational theory) inform our interest in the multiple ways of doing geography in and outside school? And how can these ideas be translated into teaching geography?
  • If transitions between different educational contexts are seen as important rites of passage for the individual, what do these changes reveal about the question of subjectivity and processes of subjectivation/objectivation?
  • How are schools as social institutions responding to the constantly changing policies due to neoliberal shifts in this field? Are the schools answers rather a reaction to or an active process of re-inventing themselves?
  • What are the mutual and seminal relations of the academic geographies of education and the day-to-day routines of education geographies (or geography at school) for students as well as teachers?

 

Education transitions in Switzerland and Germany

In a study comparing educational transitions from Primary Education to Gymnasium in Germany (Bayern) and Switzerland (Kanton Zürich) I approach the "geographies of educational transition" from two perxpectives: First, schools are considered as institutional materializations of the discursive representations that legitimize and give form to selective higher education systems. Second, I concetrate on the personal geographies of students in the process of educational transition. The results of the study are relevant for a thorough understanding, conceptualization and realization of transition in educational contexts.

Publications