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Sebastian Seidel, M.Sc. Human Geography

Institute for Geography Education
Gronewald Straße 2
50931 Cologne
Room: 1.122
Phone: +49 221 470 4629
Email: sebastian.seidel(at)uni-koeln.de
Office hours: by appointment

Research interests:

Political Geography, Political Education in Geography Lessons, Critical Geopolitics, Political Conflicts over Territorial Control and Borders, Symbolic Representations of Political Power


Seidel, S. & Budke, A. (2019). "A border is a ban" - Students' Conceputal Understanding and Experiences of Europe's Borders and Boundaries. In: Review of International Geographical Education Online, Vol. 9(1), 82-101 (Link)*

Morawski, M. & Seidel, S. (2019). Wem gehört Kaschmir? - Raumansprüche durch reflektierte Kartenproduktion dekonstruieren. In: Praxis Geographie, H.1/2019, 42-47 (Link)

Seidel, S. & Budke, A. (2018). „Naja, da war ein Schild an der Autobahn– SchülerInnenvorstellungen von räumlichen Grenzen am Beispiel Europas. In: Budke, A. & M. Kuckuck (Hg.): Migration und geographische Bildung. Franz Steiner Verlag: Stuttgart. 173-187. (Link)

Seidel, S. & Budke, A. (2017). Keine Räume ohne Grenzen - Typen von Raumgrenzen für den Geographieunterricht. In: zdg - zeitschrift der didaktik der gesellschaftswissenschaften, H.2 - 2017, 41-59 (Link)*

Talks and presentations:

15.03.2019 - "Representations and concepts of borders in digital strategy games and their potential for political education in geography teaching" - EUROGEO Annual Meeting and Conference 2019, Paris (Link)

29.05.2018 - "Nur Linien auf Karten? - Grenzen im Schulbuch" - Human Geography Colloquium Summer Semester 2018, Jena (Link)

16.03.2018 - " "A border is therefore a ban to go to the other country" - Student´s concepts, imaginations and experiences of Europe`s borders" - EUROGEO Annual Meeting and Conference 2018, Cologne (Link)

29.06.2017 - "SchülerInnenvorstellungen und Karten von räumlichen Grenzen am Beispiel Europas" - HGD Symposium 2017, Jena (together with Alexandra Budke)

15.06.2017 - "Which borders of Europe? - Critical reflection on the visual and linguistic drawing of spatial borders" - Research Workshop of AK Kritische Geographie, Bremen


  • Proseminar: Spatial Conflicts (Winter term 2018/19)
  • Proseminar: Migration - a geographical topic (Summer term 2018)
  • Proseminar: Borders(Winter term 2017/18)
  • Methods: Methods of Human Geography (Summer term 2017)
  • Field Trip: The diversity of human geographic perspectives using Cologne as an example (Summer term 2017)
  • Proseminar: (Space-)boundaries in geography lessons (Winter term 2016/17)
  • Methods: Methods of Human Geography (Summer term 2016)
  • Field Trip: Gentrification and Waterfront Redevelopment using the example of Münster (Summer term 2016)

Further tasks

PhD student representative for the Department of Didactics of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Cologne


since 06/2016: Research Assistant at the Institute of Geography Education, University of Cologne

09/2011 - 04/2016: Studies in Geography (B.Sc.) and Human Geography - Spatial Conflicts, Spatial Planning, Spatial Development (M.Sc.), University of Münster


    Society for Geography of Cologne e.V.
    University Association for Geography Didactics (HGD)
    Association of geographers at German universities (VGDH) e.V.