Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Professor with special responsibilities

Room: POR/18.B-2.141
E-mail: cbo.mpp@cbs.dk
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Curriculum Vitae
Primary research areas
  • Crowds
  • Political sociology
  • Economic sociology
  • Architecture and urban space
  • Social theory (e.g. Gabriel Tarde, Nikas Luhmann, Peter Sloterdijk, Michel Foucault)
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My research centres on political sociology, especially how particular forms of knowledge, in the form of scholarly semantics, have political effects. I have examined this in studies of crime semantics (my PhD) and crowd semantics, the latter culminating in my most recent book, The Politics of Crowds: An Alternative History of Sociology (Cambridge UP, 2012). In addition to this, I am interested in financial markets and architecture, including how notions of crowds have been employed in understandings of markets and urban planning. My work on architecture has also addressed issues relating to atmospheres and atmospheric politics.


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  • Politik, stat og kommunikation' (cand.soc. programme in Political Management and Communication)
  • Theories of Contemporary Society I', BA programme in Business Administration and Sociology
  • I supervise MA and PhD students within my research areas.
Selected publications
  • The Politics of Crowds: An Alternative History of Sociology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Niklas Luhmann (Key Sociologists). London and New York: Routledge, 2011.
  • 'Body to Body: On the Political Anatomy of Crowds', Sociological Theory 27(3), 2009: 271–90.
  • 'Foam architecture: managing co-isolated associations', Economy and Society 37(4), 2008: 548–71.
  • ‘Crowds and economic life: bringing an old figure back in’, Economy and Society 36(4), 2007: 549–73.
Christian Borch / Foucault, Crime and Power : Problematisations of Crime in the Twentieth Century.
Abingdon : Routledge 2015, 190 p.
Christian Borch / Imitation, masse og kriminalitet : Teorien om social pejlings glemte genealogi.
In: Kriminalistiske pejlinger: Festskrift til Flemming Balvig. . ed. /Britta Kyvsgaard; Jørn Vestergaard; Lars Holmberg; Thomas Elholm. København : Djøf / Jurist- og Økonomforbundet 2015, p. 15-25
Book chapter
Martin Kornberger; Christian Borch / Introduction : Urban Commons.
In: Urban Commons: Rethinking the City. . ed. /Christian Borch; Martin Kornberger. Abingdon : Routledge 2015, p. 1-21 (Space, Materiality and the Normative)
Book chapter
Christian Borch; Kristian Bondo Hansen; Ann-Christina Lange / Markets, Bodies, Rhythms : A Rhythmanalysis of Financial Markets from Open-outcry Trading to High-frequency Trading.
In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 33, No. 6, 2015, p. 1080-1097
Journal article
Christian Borch / The Politics of the Senses : Crowd Formation through Sensory Manipulation.
In: From Multitude to Crowds: Collective Action and the Media. . ed. /Eduardo Cintra Torres; Samuel Mateus. Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang 2015, p. 53-70 (passagem, Vol. 8)
Book chapter
Christian Borch (Editor) ; Martin Kornberger (Editor) / Urban Commons : Rethinking the City.
Abingdon : Routledge 2015, 175 p. (Space, Materiality and the Normative)
Christian Borch (Editor) / Architectural Atmospheres : On the Experience and Politics of Architecture.
Basel : Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH 2014, 112 p.
Gernot Böhme; Christian Borch; Olafur Eliasson; Juhani Pallasmaa / Atmospheres, Art, Architecture : A Conversation between Gernot Böhme, Christian Borch, Olafur Eliasson, and Juhani Pallasmaa.
In: Architectural Atmospheres: On the Experience and Politics of Architecture. . ed. /Christian Borch. Basel : Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH 2014, p. 90-107
Book chapter
Christian Borch; Holger Højlund / Critical Blind Spots : Limits to Critique in Luhmann and Foucault.
In: Embedded: in Business, Politics & Society, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2014, p. 64-78
Journal article
Christian Borch / Crowds and Crisis : On Suggestible Sociality.
Paper presented at 3rd ITEPE Conference, 2014
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