Research interest

My main interest is in places and material practices associated with democratic politics. Strongly inspired by Science and Technology Studies (STS), my PhD was an ethnographic analysis of the Hungarian Parliament – both as an abstract institution and as a historically specific socio-technical apparatus. As a postdoc, I then conducted a series of research projects focusing on situations where parliamentary politics breaks down or reaches its limits. More concretely, I looked a hunger strike of illegal immigrants in Brussels, harm reduction programmes in Lisbon and Budapest, and a series of Indigenous initiatives in northern Australia to better understand modes of doing politics that operate between hope and despair. In my habilitation, which I’m planning to finish in 2021, I collectively refer to these modes as ‘melancholy democracy’.

For more information about the research projects and publications please visit my ResearchGate ( and ( sites.



Dr. Endre Dányi

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Fachbereich 03 Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Institut für Soziologie
Schwerpunkt Biotechnologie,
Natur und Gesellschaft

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