Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
print

Language Selection

Breadcrumb Navigation


Content
Prof. Dr. Sahana Udupa

Prof. Dr. Sahana Udupa

Professor

Contact

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Ethnologie
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München

Room: C 010
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9614
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9602

Areas of research and interest

Digital politics, politics of artificial intelligence, global digital cultures, online extreme speech and hate speech, news and journalism, urban politics, and media policy.


Sahana Udupa is Professor of Media Anthropology at LMU Munich and a Joan Shorenstein Fellow at the Harvard University (2021). In 2016, Udupa received the European Research Council Starting Grant award (1.1M €) for her project on digital media politics. This project, with a core team of postdoctoral researchers at LMU and a wider, international network of scholars, explores the influence of Internet enabled media on political cultures of networked participations, especially extreme forms of speech and their implications. More about the project: www.fordigitaldignity.com. In 2020, she received the European Research Council Proof of Concept award for developing a collaborative Artificial Intelligence assisted process model to tackle online extreme speech. In the same year, she received the Henry Luce Foundation international grant for a multimedia project on digital dignity. In 2021, the United Nations Department of Peace Operations commissioned her to write a research paper on digital technology and extreme speech, which was published as part of the UN digital transformation strategy for peace operations. She serves on the advisory board of MediaWell, an initiative by the Social Science Research Council Network for Peace, Security and the United Nations, to review research on digital political communication. In 2021, she received a new grant (close to 1M €) with Juergen Pfeffer and Janina Steinert from the Bavarian Institute for Digital Transformation for a multiyear project on online misogyny.

Udupa was Research Fellow and currently a Senior Research Partner at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany. Prior to joining LMU Munich, Udupa was Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at the School of Public Policy, Central European University.

Across ongoing research projects, Udupa’s work has traced the transforming media and urban landscapes of late capitalism. Conceptually, her work raises the question of "mediation" as a media technological, performative, and experiential space to articulate political practice. Keen to create conversational spaces between research and communities, her projects have sought to translate research findings into possibilities in the “real world”, inviting policy makers, critical scholars and students to join hands in a collaborative effort to address the “dark side” of digital communication. She is eager to work with students committed to critical research on digitalization and digital media, especially to devise ways to creatively think through issues of marginalization and digital harms as well as the potentiality of digital participations.

Her first book, Making News in Global India: Media, Publics, Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2015) is a critical reading of news cultures and urban transformation. It shows how the expanding news media played a critical role in the contested aspiration of building a 'global city' in India, when commercial journalism became both an object and agent of global urbanization. More about the book in the New Books Network podcast available here.

The second book (in preparation) explores how political cultures of Internet enabled social media have spawned contested digital practices around archiving, vitriol and fun that have reconfigured the claims to national belonging.

The third book, “Digital Hate: The Global Conjuncture of Online Extreme Speech” (co-edited with Iginio Gagliardone and Peter Hervik) is published by the Indiana University Press in 2021. The volume “provides the first distinctly global and interdisciplinary perspective on hateful language online”, and is fully open access

Udupa is the co-editor for the book series, “Anthropology of Media”, published by Berghahn (New York). She serves on the editorial boards of American Ethnologist; Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism; Communication, Culture & Critique; Television & New Media; and Media Theory Journal. She is the co-convener for the Media Anthropology Network at the European Association of Social Anthropologists.

Region

India, UK, South Asian diaspora in Europe, global digital media.


Logo_Academia                                                               Logo_Twitter                                                                  Logo_DD_For Digital Dignity

BOOKS                                                                                                                                          

        Cover: Media as Politics in South Asia        

         Cover: Making News in Global India          

          Cover: Digital Hate        

 

 

RECENT JOURNAL ARTICLES & PODCASTS


EXTREME SPEECH AND GLOBAL DIGITAL CULTURES
   
 
EXTREME SPEECH AND
GLOBAL DIGITAL CULTURES

 


POLITICS OF ABUSIVE EXCHANGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA  


POLITICS OF ABUSIVE
EXCHANGE ON SOCIAL
MEDIA                                 

   Podcast: Decoding Hate


PODCAST: Decoding Hate 

  Podcast: History Is Not The Past       

PODCAST: History is not the Past 


udupa_on_extreme-speech_pod



PODCAST: Extreme Speech