Dr. Jasmine Truong


Sozial- und Kulturgeographie

+41 31 631 89 22
Universität Bern
Geographisches Institut
Sozial- und Kulturgeographie
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern
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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.


  • Geographien der Robotik und des Human Enhancements
  • Feministische Technikforschung, kritischer Posthumanismus
  • Kritische Gesundheitsforschung
  • Sinnesbezogene Methoden (z.B. Film, Fotographie, Ton, etc.)


Seit 2018 Postdoc in der Sozial- und Kulturgeographie, Universität Bern
2014-2018 Doktorat am Graduiertenkolleg des Geographischen Instituts der Universität Zürich; 
Titel der Dissertation: "Networked Nightlife: Mobile Internet Technologies in Swiss Youth’s Contemporary Nights Out"
2016 Bildungsgang in Dokumentarfilm, EB Zürich
2014-2015 Besuch von verschiedenen Fachtagungen im Bereich Film (ZDOK, FOCAL)
2009-2010 Erasmussemester an der Universität Genf und am Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
2005-2011 B.Sc. und M.Sc. in Geographie (Schwerpunkt Human- und Wirtschaftsgeographie; Nebenfach Volkswirtschaftslehre), Universität Zürich
Titel der Masterarbeit: "Arbeit, Arbeitsidentität, Arbeitsplatz: Die neuen Wanderarbeiterinnen in der Sorgewirtschaft".

Beruflicher Werdegang

Seit 2018 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in der Sozial- und Kulturgeographie, Universität Bern
Seit 2013 Selbständige Tätigkeit als Fachfrau in Care-Arbeit und Reproduktionsarbeit

Auf Projektbasis
seit 2012

Regieassistenz beim Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, SRF DOK (Themen: Care-Arbeit, Sex-Arbeit, Transgender)
2014-2018 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Geographischen Institut, Universität Zürich
2012-2014 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Schweizerischen Forum für Migrations- und Bevölkerungsstudien, Neuchâtel
2007-2012 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/Semesterassistenz am Geographischen Institut, Universität Zürich


2011 Auszeichnung für die Masterarbeit


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, pp. 1-8. 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

Laufzeit 2018-2019
Beschreibung 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

Laufzeit 2014-2018
Finanzierung SNF (person and project funding)
Beschreibung 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.
Kollaborationspartner*innen Dr. Sara Landolt, Humangeographie, Universität Zürich (Projektleitung)
Prof. Emmanuel Kuntsche, Sucht Schweiz (Projektleitung)
Prof. Daniel Gatica-Perez, idiap, Martigny (Projektleitung)

Auswahl seit 2017

Oktober “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
Mai 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
Juli Nachtleben jenseits der physischen Räume: Ausgangsorte von jungen Erwachsenen in sozialen Medien, Federal Office of Public Health, Zug

Auswahl seit 2017

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

Aktuelle Lehrveranstaltungen

HS 2019 Übungen "Humangeographie I"

Vergangene Lehrveranstaltungen

HS 2018 BA Seminar "Einführung in die Humangeographie"
HS 2018 BA Seminar "Kulturgeographie - Orte der Globalisierung" 
FS 2018 BA Seminar "Humangeographische Methoden der Datenerhebung"
FS 2018 BA Arbeit von Marc Grob (2018): "Social Media und Raum. Wie verhandeln Jugendliche ihre Selbstdarstellung in sozialen Netzwerken?" BA-Arbeit am Geographischen Institut der Universität Zürich.
FS 2017 BA Arbeit von 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.
HS 2016 BA Seminar "Einführung in die Humangeographie"
HS 2011 BA Seminar (Team-Teaching) "Projektseminar: Die Care-Ökonomie"
HS 2010 BA Seminar (Team-Teaching) "Projektseminar: Niedriglohnarbeit im Dienstleistungssektor"