Johanna Sitomaniemi-San

Johanna Sitomaniemi-San


Post-doctoral research fellow
Curriculum studies; human geography


My research examines the national, moral and colonial order of things in Western cultural practices, particularly as these relate to education in a broad sense of the term. My work engages historically, genealogically and philosophically oriented forms of poststructural inquiry, and I am also interested in conversations around inter/transdisciplinary and inter/transnational scholarship.

I am currently working on an 'alternative curiosity project' that focuses on a range of entwined and overlapping discourses around education, exploration and travel that, together, contribute to the  making of ‘curious minds’ in the present. I have also continued my inquiries into teacher education – an area of interest that began as a doctoral research project – which provides another window into the ethico-political questions that are central to my work: how knowledge, difference, and notions of social justice figure in historically and culturally specific spaces and places of being, becoming and relationality.

Research interests

  • educational theory / curriculum theory
  • history of education & childhood
  • history of science
  • Foucauldian genealogical inquiry
  • (post)colonial studies
  • interdisciplinarity
  • cultures of curiosity, exploration and discovery
  • teacher education

Thesis supervision

I am available for the supervision of master’s theses and the co-supervision of doctoral theses at the University of Oulu.

Research environments

I am a post-doctoral research fellow at the Geography Research Unit at the University of Oulu. Previous research environments include the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison (post-doctoral visiting scholar, 2017-2019) and the Faculty of Education, University of Oulu (doctoral researcher, 2008-2015).


I am currently funded by the Academy of Finland and have previously received funding from the Finnish Foundations’ Post Doc Pool / Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Emil Aaltonen Foundation, Faculty of Education / University of Oulu, University of Oulu Graduate School, the Finnish Multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Network on Educational Sciences (FinEd), Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse, and the University of Oulu Scholarship Foundation.


Professional and community activities

  • Member of Editorial Board, Kasvatus & Aika

Research groups

  • LAPANEN Northern Research Group for History of Childhood and Education

Research visits


How we became curious, curiosity

Dividing the World through Wonder: How We Became Curious

This research project originates from an interest in the current unreserved belief in curiosity in Western societies.