Dr Endre Dányi

BA/MA (ELTE), MA (CEU), MSc (LSE), PhD (Lancs)

University Fellow

Dr Endre Dányi is Guest Professor for the Sociology of Globalisation at the Bundeswehr University in Munich, Germany, where his teaching focuses on cosmopolitics, power & society, and the material practices of ethnography. Endre’s ongoing research concentrates on particular moments when liberal democracy breaks down or reaches its limits. Together with Michaela Spencer, he has been involved in a project titled ‘Landscapes of Democracy’, which is a comparative study of spatio-political formations in Germany and Australia (especially in the Northern Territory). The outcomes of this project have recently appeared in the following journals: Science & Technology Studies, Science; Technology & Human Values; Social Studies of Science. In addition to teaching and research, he is also involved in an exciting book publishing initiative called Mattering Press (https://www.matteringpress.org/).

Endre comes from many places. He grew up in Budapest, Hungary, which in the 1990s was an exceptionally good place to witness the dual transformation associated with democratisation and the information revolution. How ‘the political’ and ‘the technical’ may be thought together required training in an interdisciplinary field called Science and Technology Studies – this he received in Lancaster, in the UK, during his PhD. In his doctoral research he used the Hungarian parliament building as a methodological device to better understand how liberal democracy can be thought of as a historically and culturally specific model of governance. After his PhD, Endre spent a longer period in Frankfurt, Germany, where he was researching the ‘blind spots’ of liberal democracy. He is currently working on transforming that work into a book, provisionally titled Melancholy Democracy.

Research Interests

  • Ethnography
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Actor-Network Theory (ANT)
  • Liberal democracy
  • Refugee crisis
  • Sovereignty
  • Global drug policy
  • Governance
  • Indigenous politics
  • Representation