Dr. Endre Dányi
Department of Sociology
Please note that since April 2019 I'm Guest Professor for the Sociology of Globalisation at the Bundeswehr University in Munich. While I'm still affiliated with the Department of Sociology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, my main contact details have changed – see above.
I'm fascinated with the ways in which politics is done in various places, with the involvement of various entities – both humans (citizens, politicans, activists, artists, etc.) and nonhumans (texts, buildings, technologies, ideas, etc.). I'm also fascinated with the ways in which such places and entities relate to each other. Sometimes they come together quite well, creating the impression of a singular political reality (call it liberal democracy, if you wish), and some other times they just don't seem to cohere at all. But most often they cohere partially. How to research such non/coherences? And how to write about them? In my attempts to address these questions, I tend to look for (and find) inspiration in the works of Michel Callon, Donna Haraway, Karin Knorr-Cetina, Bruno Latour, John Law, Annemarie Mol, Hugh Raffles, Lucy Suchman, Michael Taussig, and Helen Verran.
Prior to Frankfurt
I came to Frankfurt in 2012. Before that, I studied sociology and media theory at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, political science at the Central European University, media and communication studies at the London School of Economics, and science and technology studies in Lancaster. I also spent some time in Berlin as a visiting researcher at the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt University and at the Center for Technology and Society at the Technical University. For more information, see my Resumé.
I'm currently lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Sociology, working in Prof. Thomas Scheffer's research programme called 'Limits of Democracy'. The overall purpose of the programme is to examine what democratic politics is by looking at how it's being done in practice and how it's being distinguished from other practices, such as science, art, law, bureaucratic administration, and war & violence. More information about the research programme is available here.
My own research focuses on three themes: the process of assuming political agency through a hunger strike that involved 23 illegal immigrants in Brussels, the ongoing constitution of drug use as a matter of concern, and the everyday practices of indigenous politics in Milingimbi - a small Aboriginal island community in the northern part of Australia. These three cases are obviously very different, but together they indicate how a parliamentary logic of doing politics responds to situations that lay beyond its reach. For more information, have a look at my Research page.
In addition to research, each term I'm teaching two courses concerned with the relationship between space and politics, political numbers, problematisation processes, the practice turn in the social sciences, cosmopolitics, and the nitty-gritty aspects of ethnography. There's more information available on my Teaching page.
Together with a few colleagues at the Department of Sociology, the Department of European Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, the 'Normative Orders' excellence cluster, and the Department of Human Geography, I regularly participate in a discussion group focused on central concepts and problems associated with science and technology studies. We meet once a month on Thursday evenings – for a detailed list of concepts and readings, see the Kitchen STS page.
Quite compatible with STS, I'm also co-founder and co-editor of an exciting Open Access book publishing initiative called Mattering Press. If you're interested in learning more about this ongoing experiment of knowledge production and distribution, have a look at this Mattering page.