Itta Bauer
Itta Bauer, Dr.
Senior scientist

Geography Teacher Training
Space, Nature and Society

Tel.: 044 63 55147
Room number: Y25 L 08



26. June 2019
“Ich will auch ans Gymi!”– How children from disadvantaged backgrounds contest the socially discriminating firewalls of Gymnasium in Zurich. Vortrag auf dem Kongres der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Bildungsforschung (SGBF) in Basel.


18 January 2018
Wie werden aktuelle humangeographische Forschungsfelder in der Lehrpersonenausbildung vermittelt? Vortrag zusammen mit Dr. Sara Landolt anlässlich des HSGYM-Hochschultages, Zürich.

19 January 2018
Neue Geographien für die Schule? Eine empirische Studie mit Schüler*innen und Lehrdiplom-Studierenden. Vortrag auf dem 10. Forum Fachdidaktiken Naturwissenschaften und Geographie, PH FHNW Campus Brugg-Windisch. 


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


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.


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


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.


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

Taking Geographies of Education back to School

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

Navigating through the borderlands of youth and education


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



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?

Research Project (in collaboration with Dr. Sara Landolt):

"Jugendliche auf dem Weg ins Gymnasium. Wie wirken Bildungsaspirationen, Übergänge und Marketisierungsprozesse in Bildungskontexten zusammen?" Abstract