Selected presentations & publications

Some of these talks and papers can be downloaded from my page.

Selected publications

  • 2018 ‘Becoming Stronger by Becoming Weaker: The Hunger Strike as a Mode of Doing Politics’ (with Sebastian Abrahamsson) Journal of International Relations and Development.

  • 2018 ‘Politics Beyond Words: Ethnography of Political Institutions’ in Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics. (Eds. Bernhard Forchtner and Ruth Wodak) London: Routledge.

  • 2017 ‘The Things of the Parliament’ in Soziologie der Parlamente. (Eds. Jenni Brichzin, Damien Krichewsky, Leopold Ringel and Jan Schank) Wiesbaden: Springer.

  • 2017 ‘Good Treason: Following Actor-Network Theory to the Realm of Drug Policy’ in World Politics in Translation. (Eds. Tobias Berger and Alejandro Esguerra) London: Routledge.

  • 2017 ‘Walking as Knowing and Interfering’ Aggregate, Vol. 3, 12 June.

  • 2016 ‘Samizdat lessons: Three dimensions of the politics of self-publishing’ Journal of Electronic Publishing, Vol. 19, No. 2.

  • 2015 ‘The parliament as a high-political programme’ in Architecture, Materiality and Society: Connecting Sociology of Architecture with Science and Technology Studies. (Eds. Anna-Lisa Müller and Werner Reichmann) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (link)

  • 2013 ‘Democracy in ruins’ in The Inhabited Ruins of Central Europe: Re-Imagining Space, History and Memory. (Eds. Dariusz Gafijczuk and Derek Sayer) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [link]

  • 2007 ‘The internet and the mobile phone as competing metaphors’ in Mobile studies. Paradigms and perspectives. (Ed. Kristóf Nyíri) Vienna: Passagen Verlag. [link]

  • 2006 ‘Xerox Project: Photocopiers as a metaphor for an “open society” ’ The Information Society Vol. 22, No. 2. [link]

  • 2005 'Internet and elections: Changing political strategies and citizen tactics in Hungary.' Information Polity Vol. 10, No. 3-4. (With Anna Galácz) [link]

Book reviews and conference reports

  • 2016 ‘Pictures at an exhibition – and beyond. Review of the “Reset Modernity!” exhibition, ZKM, Karlsruhe.’ (with Michaela Spencer) Science and Technology Studies, Vol 29, No. 4.

  • 2016 ‘A Parliament of Sociologies. Report on the Soziologie der Parlamente? conference, Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW) Bonn, 10–11 June 2016.’ Soziopolis, 18 July.

  • 2016  ‘Rivalry and its others. Review of Nick Thorpe’s The Danube: A Journey Upriver from the Black Sea to the Black Forest.’ Austrian History Yearbook, Vol 47.

  • 2015 ‘How do words count? Review of Douglas Holmes’ Economy of Words.’ Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol. 8, No. 4.

  • 2012 ‘The architecture of democracy. Report on the 2012 Milton Wolf Seminar, Vienna, 26-28 March 2012.’ World Policy Blog, 11 July.

  • 2009 ‘The irony of memory politics. Review of Geoffrey Bowker’s Memory Practices in the Sciences.’ Time & Society, Vol 18. No. 2-3.

Other writings

Invited talks

  • ‘Melancholy Democracy,’ Invited talk at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, March 2018

  • ‘Following ANT to the realm of drug policy,’ Invited talk at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Kassel, 9 May 2017

  • Is everything connected?’ Invited talk at the Lichter Film Festival, Frankfurt am Main, 1 April 2017

  • ‘Between hope and despair,’ Public lecture at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia, 8 July 2016

  • ‘Mattering: a note on the politics of problematisation’ Invited talk at the What (good) are Science and Technology Studies for History and Social Sciences? workshop, European University Institute, Florence, 2-4 March 2015

  • ‘The insides and the outsides of parliamentary democracy’ Paper presented at the IT University, Copenhagen, 17 February 2015

  • 'Science and Technology Studies meets Memory Studies: Walking as knowing and interfering' Invited talk at a colloquium organised by the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform, 20 May 2014 [link]

  • 'The parliament as the commonplace of democratic politics' Invited talk given at a Hungarian STS workshop in Budapest, 3-4 January 2014 [link]

  • 'The political assembly of methods' Talk given at the Empirical Research Colloquium, Department of Sociology, Frankfurt am Main, 19 June 2013

  • 'Thinking places' Invited talk at the Third Postgraduate STS Conference, Centre for Science Studies, Lancaster, 11 January 2013 [link]

  • 'The things of the parliament' Invited talk at the Politics, Science and Technology colloquium, Department of Sociology, TU Berlin, 4 Dec 2012

  • ‘Narrating noncoherence’ Invited talk at the Research Institute for Organizational Psychology, University of St. Gallen, 17 May 2011

Selected presentations

  • ‘Milingimbi water and a politics of belonging,’ Paper presented at the 2017 German Anthropological Association conference, Berlin, 5 October 2017 (with Yasunori Hayashi and Michaela Spencer)
  • ‘Common Ground: Centres, Scales, and the Politics of Movement,’ Paper presented at the 2016 EASST/4S conference, Barcelona, 2 September 2016 (with Michaela Spencer)

  • ‘Living (better) with social problems,’ Paper presented at the 2015 4S conference, Denver, 13 November 2015
  • 'The curious relationship of the Holy Crown of Hungary and the Hungarian Parliament' Paper to be presented at the 'Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies' conference, to be held in Graz, 5-6 May 2014

  • 'Resistance vs. interference: the politics of self-publishing' Paper to be presented at the 'Disrupting the scholarly establishment. How to create alternative and affirmative humanities institutions?' conference, Centre for Disruptive Media, Coventry University, 7 March 2014 [link]

  • 'Becoming in/vulnerable. Hunger strike as a mode of doing politics' Paper presented at the CRESC conference, SOAS, London, 4-6 September 2013 (with Sebastian Abrahamsson)

  • 'The parliament as a high political programme' Paper presented at the Sociology of Architecture & STS workshop in Bielefeld, 6-8 June 2013

  • 'Political devices’ Opening presentation held at the Political Devices panel at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) joint conference, Copenhagen, 18 October 2012

  • ‘Counting heads, cutting heads: a note on the politics of polling’ Paper presented at the Numbers: Empirical Framings and Analytical Stories workshop, ‘Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge’ research group, Bochum, 20-21 September 2012

  • ‘Remembered pasts and forgotten presents’ Paper presented at the Mediating the past: Memory practices between social cohesion and fragmentation European Science Foundation exploratory workshop, Braunschweig, 14-16 March 2012

  • ‘What counts as good representation in politics?’ Paper presented at the third Qualification in Practice seminar series, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, Amsterdam, 18 November 2011

  • ‘Materiality and politics’ Paper presented at the Laboratory: Social Anthropology and Life Sciences session, Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University in Berlin, 28 June 2010

  • ‘Democracy in ruins’ Paper presented at the Inhabited Ruins: Cultural textures of Central Europe in historical perspective workshop, Department of History, Lancaster University, 7-8 May 2010

  • ‘The political museum | machine | theatre of the nation’ Paper presented at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) annual conference, Manchester, 26-28 August 2009

  • ‘Political representation in practice: Sameness and difference in the Hungarian Parliament’ Paper presented at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) joint conference, Rotterdam, 20-24 August 2008

Organisation of workshops and conferences

  • ‘Does STS have problems?’ roundtable, 2016 EASST/4S meeting, Barcelona, 2 September 2016 (with Noortje Marres)

  • Mattering Press and Demonstrations panel, 2016 EASST/4S meeting, Barcelona, 1 September 2016 (with Michael Guggenheim and Laurie Waller)

  • ‘Crisis and Representation’ workshop, Department of Sociology, Frankfurt am Main, 11 March 2016 (with Yoke-Sum Wong)

  • ‘STS as political theory’ panel, 2015 4S conference, Denver, 13 November 2015 (with Michaela Spencer)

  • ‘From openness to openings’ mini symposium at the ‘Making and Doing’ session, 2015 4S conference, Denver, 12 November 2015 (with Geoffrey Bowker, Ivan da Costa Marques, John Law and Tahani Nadim)

  • ‘Ethnographic stories and their places’ symposium with Allen Shelton, Department of Sociology, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, 27 May 2015 (with Thomas Scheffer and Bernd Herzogenrath)

  • ‘Postsocialism and Science Studies’ subplenary at the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) conference, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, 18 September 2014 (with Susanne Bauer, Maria Brajdic Vukovic, Marton Fabok and Ivan Tchalakov)

  • 'Inside the Parliament' Special session at the 'Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies' conference, to be held in Graz, 5-6 May 2014 (with Stefan Laube and Thomas Scheffer) [link]

  • 'Numbers, numbering and enumeration: what politics?' session at the CRESC conference, held at SOAS in London, 4-6 September 2013 (with Tjitske Holtrop and Nicholas B de Weydenthal)

  • ‘Political Devices’ open panel at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) joint conference, Copenhagen, 17-20 October 2012 (With Jan-Peter Voss

  • ‘Frozen Flows’ Postgraduate workshop on relationality at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), 20-21 January 2012

    (With Uli Beisel, Filippo Bertoni, Ignacio Farias, Natalie Gill, and Anna Mann)

  • ‘Overflows’ Postgraduate workshop on relationality at the annual conference of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), St Hughes College, Oxford, 31 August 2010 (With Uli Beisel, Natalie Gill, Michaela Spencer, and Jennifer Tomomitsu)

  • ‘Relocating Innovation: Places and material practices of future making’ A day workshop at the Anthropology Program, MIT, Cambridge, MA., 20 May 2009 (With Lucy Suchman and Laura Watts)

  • ‘Materiality & Specificity in STS’ A day workshop at the Department of Sociology / Centre for Science Studies, Lancaster University, 18 March 2009 (With Natalie Gill, John Law, Michaela Spencer, and Jennifer Tomomitsu)

  • ‘Travelling Theories: What STS might learn and do as it moves to the South’ Explorative workshop organised at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) joint conference, Rotterdam, 23 August 2008 (With Tarek Cheniti, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Annemarie Mol)

  • ‘Making Space for Time’ One-day symposium on temporality and materiality, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, 16 May 2008 (With Dana Bentia and James Tomasson)