Dr. Jasmine Truong


Social and Cultural Geography

+41 31 631 89 22
Postal Address
University of Bern
Institute of Geography
Social and Cultural Geography
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern
Consultation Hour
Upon request

I am a feminist and sensory geographer. Driven by question of power and global inequalities, I seek to understand the ways in which they affect personal sites of our lives such as our homes, bedrooms, and our bodies. By the example of the Cybathlon 2020 (also discussed as “Cyborg Olympics”) in Zurich, Switzerland, I currently explore how robotic assistive technologies entangle with human dis/abled bodies in an increasing economy of self-optimization and politics of transhumanism. Drawing on critical posthumanist thinking and feminist Science and Technology Studies, my research examines the materialization processes of dis/abled bodies through human and nonhuman bodily matters and the environments. Bringing a spatial perspective to bear on the human-machine relationship, this project will broaden debates on transforming ontologies of the human body in the current age of robotics.

After studying geography and macroeconomics at the University of Zurich, I worked in contract research both employed (Zurich, Birmensdorf, Neuchâtel) and self-employed (for the city of Berne and Zurich, the canton of Aargau, Basel-Stadt, and Solothurn), and in various documentary film projects (Hungary, Poland, Switzerland). A feminist, transformative approach had always guided my work. In 2014 I went back to Zurich for my PhD. I gained expertise in the areas of youth, social media and sensory methodologies (mobile app-based images).

In my research I pursue to further develop multi-sensory (digital) methodologies as novel epistemological techniques in Geography. I am curious about new routes to emotional, affective, and poetic spaces of knowledge, and new ways of representing, mediating, and situating knowledge beyond numbers, words, and texts.

Fields of Research

  • Geographies of robotics and human enhancements
  • Feminist Science and Technology studies, critical posthumanism
  • Critical Health studies
  • Sensory methods (e.g. film, photography, sound, etc.)


Since 2018 Postdoc in the Social and Cultural Geography Unit, University of Bern
2014-2018 PhD at the Geography Graduate School Zurich, University of Zurich
2016 Training in documentary film, EB Zurich
2014-2015 Participation in several conferences in film (ZDOK, FOCAL)
2009-2010 Erasmus program at the University of Geneva and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
2005-2011 B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geography (focus in Human and Economic Geography; minor Macroeconomics), University of Zurich

Professional career

Since 2018 Research assistant and lecturer in Social and Cultural Geography Unit, University of Bern
Since 2013 Self-employed as an expert in care and reproduction work
Since 2012
on a project basis
Assistant director at Swiss Radio and Television, SRF DOK (topics: care-work, sex-work, transgender)
2014-2018 Research assistant and lecturer at the Human Geography Department, University of Zurich
2012-2014 Research assistant at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, Neuchâtel
2007-2012 Research assistant and team-teaching at the Human Geography Departement, University of Zurich


2011 Award for the master thesis
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Pelzelmayer, Katharina; Landolt, Sara; Truong, Jasmine; Labhart, Florian; Santani, Darshan; Kuntsche, Emmanuel; Gatica-Perez, Daniel (2020). Youth nightlife at home: towards a feminist conceptualisation of home. Children's geographies, pp. 1-12. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/14733285.2020.1718607


Truong, Jasmine (2019). Baby Boom - Nanny Boom? Eine explorative Recherche zu Nannys in Zürcher Privathaushalten. Eine Recherche im Auftrag der Fachstelle für Gleichstellung der Stadt Zürich Zürich: Fachstelle für Gleichstellung

Truong, Jasmine; Schurr, Carolin (2019). Global geographies of the intimate: new research group at the University of Bern. GeoAgenda(1), pp. 8-10. Verband Geographie Schweiz (ASG)

Truong, Jasmine; Labhart, Florian; Santani, Darshan; Gatica‐Perez, Daniel; Kuntsche, Emmanuel; Landolt, Sara (2019). The emotional entanglements of smartphones in the field: On emotional discomfort, power relations, and research ethics. Area, 52(1), pp. 81-88. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/area.12548


Truong, Jasmine (2018). Attending to others: how digital technologies direct young people‘s nightlife, Geographica Helvetica, 73(2): 193-201.

Truong, Jasmine (2018). Collapsing contexts: social networking technologies in young people’s nightlife. Children's Geographies, 16(3): 266-278.

Schwiter, Karin; Berndt, Christian; Truong, Jasmine (2018). Neoliberal austerity and the marketisation of elderly care. Social & Cultural Geography, 19(3): 379-399.


Labhart, Florian; Santani, Darshan; Truong, Jasmine; Tarsetti, Flavio; Bornet, Olivier; Landolt, Sara; Gatica-Perez, Daniel; Kuntsche, Emmanuel (2017). Development of the Geographical Proportional-to-size Street-Intercept Sampling (GPSIS) method for recruiting urban nightlife-goers in an entire city. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 20(6): 721-736.


Santani, Darshan; Biel, Joan-Isaac; Labhart, Florian; Truong, Jasmine; Landolt, Sara; Kuntsche, Emmanuel; Gatica-Perez, Daniel (2016). The night is young: Urban crowdsourcing of nightlife patterns. In: UbiComp2016: ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, Heidelberg, 12 September 2016 - 16 September 2016, 427-438.


Truong, Jasmine (2015). Wie können die Arbeitsbedingungen von Care-Migrantinnen verbessert werden? Frauenfragen, 38: 82-83.

Fibbi, Rosita; Truong, Jasmine (2015). Parental involvement and educational success in Kosovar families in Switzerland. Comparative Migration Studies, 13(3): 1-17.

Efionayi-Mäder, Denise; Truong, Jasmine; D’Amato, Gianni (2015). “Wir können uns ein Abseitsstehen der Zivilgesellschaft nicht leisten.” Zivilgesellschaftliches Engagement im Flüchtlingswesen – Standortbestimmung und Handlungsbedarf, Neuchâtel: SFM.


Korf, Benedikt; Truong, Jasmine (2013). Schwierigkeiten mit dem Volk: Politische Geographie und die (Un-)Vernunft der direkten Demokratie. Berichte. Geographie und Landeskunde, 87(2): 113-133.


Truong, Jasmine; Schwiter, Karin; Berndt, Christian (2012). Arbeitsmarkt Privathaushalt. Charakteristika der Unternehmen, deren Beschäftigungsstruktur und Arbeitsbedingungen, eine Studie im Auftrag der Fachstelle für Gleichstellung der Stadt Zürich. Zürich: Geographisches Institut der Universität Zürich.

Cyborg geographies of dis/ability: the Cybathlon 2020

Duration 2020

This project will study the Cybathlon 2020 (also discussed as the “Cyborg Olympics”) to understand the transforming relationship between the human dis/abled body, newly emerging robotic assistive technologies, and their environments. The Cybathlon 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland, will provide a unique context to examine the materialization of dis/abled bodies through emerging cutting-edge assistive technologies. The participants at this event will create new kinds of athletic cyborg bodies, challenging the boundaries between humans and machines. Bringing a spatial perspective to bear on the human-machine relationship, this project will broaden debates on transforming ontologies of the human body in the current age of robotics. 

Drawing on Geographies of Disabilities and feminist Science and Technology Studies, this research project focuses on the shifting relations between human bodies, technologies, and environments. Contextualized within the Cybathlon 2020, I will take inspiration of Barad’s (2001, 2003) concept of intra-action to explore how the dis/abled body come into being through the intra-active capacities of different human and non-human actors. This critical engagement with normative accounts of bodies has the potential to address how the materializing effects of technologized bodies make a difference in disabled people’s everyday lives, and whether they make difference among bodies, be they abled, disabled, assisted or highly technologized. 

I ask how dis/abled bodies are materialized through the intra-active capacities of human and non-human actors in the context of the Cybathlon 2020. The project involves online research and multiple interview methods to understand the state-of-the-art assistive technologies and the key actors who participate in the process of materializing dis/abled bodies. The heart of this project contains in-situ sensory observation and observational filmmaking to capture beyond language the experiences and affects of the dis/abled bodies produced through the Cybathlon. Finally, the project includes activities of research dissemination and science engagement beyond academia. 


Lives being born in the emotional tech industry: Rethinking care and intimacy through embodied and emotional robots

Duration 2018-2019
Description This study provides novel ways of making sense of the emotional dimension of our robotic future. Through a transcultural approach (Japan-Switzerland) it deals with embodied and humanoid robots that promise to meet fundamental human desires for care, love, and intimacy. It is assumed, that embodied and emotional technologies not only expand human's capacity to love and care for, but also reconfigure our ways of experiencing and thinking about intimacy. This focus on humanoid machines raises the question as to what extent the embodiment, moving actions and reactions of robots reconfigure the model "Human" and thus contributes fundamentally to the discussion of the human-machine relationship. 

Networked Nightlife: Mobile Internet Technologies in Swiss Youth’s Contemporary Nights Out

Duration 2014-2018
Funding SNF (person and project funding)
Description The project focuses on the ways in which spaces of youth nightlife become increasingly transmitted, maintained, and interrupted through mobile internet technologies. Mobile internet technologies increasingly allow night out experiences and interactions to occur beyond the limitations of place, both synchronously and asynchronously. The project raises new questions of how connecting technologies become embedded into night-time spaces and how young people perceive these spaces and become orientated therein. While public debates predominantly discuss youth online interactions with an attention towards risks, this project aims to broaden the discussion. Heeding young people’s perspectives, it unpacks the ways in which contemporary youth nightlife is complexly interrelated within multiscalar and networked spaces.
Collaborators Dr. Sara Landolt, Human Geography, University of Zürich (project leader)
Prof. Emmanuel Kuntsche, Sucht Schweiz (project leader)
Prof. Daniel Gatica-Perez, idiap, Martigny (project leader)

Selection since 2017

October “Cyborg geographies of dis/ability: the Cybathlon 2020”, Workshop Diffracting AI and Robotics: Decolonial and Feminist Perspectives, Frankfurt am Main  
April “It feels like love: The politics of emotion in the human-machine relationship”, American Association of Geographers, Ann ual Meeting, Washington DC  
November “It feels like love: Digitally mediated spaces of the emotional intimate”, Cyborg Days, Zurich
May Youth@Night – Jugendliche, soziale Medien und Substanzkonsum im Nachtleben, Safer Dance Swiss/Safer Nightlife Switzerland, Wabern
November Alcohol, the spirit of the night 2.0, StadtNachAcht Conference, Berlin
July Nachtleben jenseits der physischen Räume: Ausgangsorte von jungen Erwachsenen in sozialen Medien, Federal Office of Public Health, Zug

Selection since 2017

November Workshop Nightlife 2.0: Präsentation und Diskussion der Resultate aus dem Nationalfonds-Projekt Youth@Night, Zürich

Current Teaching

Spring 2020  MA Studio „Digitale Methoden“ (with Carolin Schurr, Jeannine Wintzer and Mirko Winkel) (University of Bern)

Past Teaching

Fall 2019 Tutorium "Human Geography I"
Fall 2018 BA Seminar "Einführung in die Humangeographie"
Fall 2018 BA Seminar "Kulturgeographie - Orte der Globalisierung"
Spring 2018 BA Seminar "Humangeographische Methoden der Datenerhebung"
Spring 2018 BA Thesis by Marc Grob (2018): "Social Media und Raum. Wie verhandeln Jugendliche ihre Selbstdarstellung in sozialen Netzwerken?" BA-Arbeit am Geographischen Institut der Universität Zürich.
Spring 2017 BA Thesis by Schriber, Tobias (2017). „Going out to snap“, influence of social media on young people’s nightlife and their perception of space. BA-Arbeit am Geographischen Institut der Universität Zürich.
Fall 2016 BA Seminar "Einführung in die Humangeographie"
Fall 2011 BA Seminar (Team-Teaching) "Projektseminar: Die Care-Ökonomie"
Fall 2010 BA Seminar (Team-Teaching) "Projektseminar: Niedriglohnarbeit im Dienstleistungssektor"