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Ursula Rao is an urban anthropologist researching in India. The central focus of her work is changing power relations in rapidly globalising cities, with regards to three different topics: (1) the interaction between urban poor and state agencies in a landscape of shifting ideologies of urbanity and social security; (2) the changing role of news media for shaping urban politics; (3) The role of religious institutions and ritual performances for renegotiating social relations. Her current work focusses on e-goverance and biometric technology. Ursula Rao is a member of the research network Law, Organization, Science and Technology (LOST).
Before joining the University of Leipzig Ursula Rao held academic positions at the University of Heidelberg (1999-2002), the University of Halle (2002-2006) and the University of New South Wales, Sydney (2007-2012).
e-Governance, neoliberalism, media and technology, journalism, ritual, India
‘News from the Field. The experience of transgression and the transformation of knowledge during research in an expert-site’. 2005, In: Ursula Rao and John Hutnyk (Eds.): Celebrating Transgression. Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 23-38.
‘Ritualpolitik. Die (nicht-)Emergenz von sozialer und politischer Autorität durch ritualisierte Performanz’. 2005, In: Erika Fischer-Lichte; Christian Horn; Sandra Umathum & Matthias Warstat (Eds.), Diskurse des Theatralen. Tübingen: Francke, pp. 193-209.