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Faith Online: Transnational Religious Politics on New Media in India and Europe

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 1˙078˙264 €
 EC max contribution 1˙078˙264 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-05-01   to  2022-04-30


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 Project objective

This project explores new media practices in India and its diaspora in Europe, to examine the relations between the expanding Internet media and the political cultures of religious identities in the current moment of globalization. As opposed to understanding new media as discrete channels of communication or an abstract technological context that defines globalization, the project uses a unique conceptual frame of approaching the Internet as an arena of “multiple interfaces”. This frame foregrounds the profound mediation of the Internet media in bringing distinct actors, levels of authority, ideologies and motivations in close confrontation: the nation state, market, diaspora, homeland publics and divergent religious communities. Each project in the proposed program will illuminate one important strand of the interfaces, to ask how these interfaces constitute new mediated spaces of collisions and contiguities, which allow political actors within and beyond the national frontiers to negotiate and collaborate in unprecedented ways. It examines how in turn, the generative capacity of such mediated interfaces has opened up new locations, modulations and means of practice for the political use of religion, especially for interreligious difference as a political concept. It scrutinizes the implications of these developments for relations of sovereignty and citizenship, with a theoretical objective to approach the emerging confluence of religious enterprise, political conservatism and economic liberalization. To achieve the objectives, the study, in a rare methodological move, combines social media network analysis with ethnography of actual people posting the messages on online media.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Sahana Udupa Elisabetta Costa Philipp Budka
The digital turn: New directions in media anthropology
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
63rd EASA Media Anthropology E-Seminar 2019-12-16
2019 Sahana Udupa
Page 3 journalism”: Gender and news cultures in post reforms India
published pages: 189–202, ISSN: , DOI:
Journalism, Gender and Power 2019-12-16
2019 Sahana Udupa Purnima Mankekar
AES interviews Purnima Mankekar: The 25th anniversary of “National Texts and Gendered Lives
published pages: , ISSN: 1548-1425, DOI:
American Ethnologist 2019-12-16
2019 Sahana Udupa
Nationalism in the digital age: Fun as a meta-practice of extreme speech
published pages: 3049-3067, ISSN: 1932-8036, DOI:
International Journal of Communication vol 13 2019-12-16
2019 Sahana Udupa Matti Pohjonen
Extreme Speech and Global Digital Cultures
published pages: 3049–3067, ISSN: 1932-8036, DOI:
International Journal of Communication Vol 13 2019-12-16
2019 Sahana Udupa
India needs a fresh strategy to tackle online extreme speech
published pages: , ISSN: 2349-8846, DOI:
Economic and Political Weekly Engage 54(4) 2019-12-16
2019 Sahana Udupa, Shriram Venkatraman, Aasim Khan
“Millennial India”: Global Digital Politics in Context
published pages: 152747641987051, ISSN: 1527-4764, DOI: 10.1177/1527476419870516
Television & New Media September 11 2019-12-16
2019 Sahana Udupa
Clash of actors: Digital media and nationalism in urban India
published pages: 223–244, ISSN: , DOI:
Global Digital Cultures: Perspectives from South Asia 2019-12-16
2019 Ian M. Cook Sahana Udupa
Talking media with ‘Online Gods’: What is academic podcasting like?
published pages: , ISSN: 2349-8846, DOI:
Economic and Political Weekly Engage 54(4) 2019-12-16
2019 Salma Siddique
The Muslim Matroyshka: Vlogging immigration and citizenship in Brexit Britain
published pages: , ISSN: 1527-1951, DOI:
Social Text 2019-12-16
2018 Edward Anderson, Christophe Jaffrelot
Hindu nationalism and the ‘saffronisation of the public sphere’: an interview with Christophe Jaffrelot
published pages: 1-15, ISSN: 0958-4935, DOI: 10.1080/09584935.2018.1545009
Contemporary South Asia 2019-05-23
2018 Sahana Udupa
Enterprise Hindutva and social media in urban India
published pages: 1-15, ISSN: 0958-4935, DOI: 10.1080/09584935.2018.1545007
Contemporary South Asia 2019-05-23
2018 Sahana Udupa Elisabetta Costa Philipp Budka
The Digital Turn: New Directions in Media Anthropology
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Media Anthropology Network 63 E-Seminar European Association of Social Anthropologists 2019-02-28

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