Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Professor with special responsibilities

Room: POR/18.B-2.143
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 economic sociology, especially new developments within algorithmic finance (including high-frequency trading). I have a long-standing interest in 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 with my award-winning book, The Politics of Crowds: An Alternative History of Sociology (Cambridge UP, 2012). In addition to this, I am interested in architecture and urban sociology, in particular in issues relating to atmospheres and atmospheric politics.

  • 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.
Publications & dissemination
Christian Borch / Crowd Mediation : On Media and Collective Dynamics.
In: Social Media - New Masses. ed. /Inge Baxmann; Timon Beyes; Claus Pias. Zürich : diaphanes AG 2016, p. 23-34
Book chapter
Christian Borch / High-frequency Trading, Algorithmic Finance, and the Flash Crash : Reflections on Eventalization.
In: Economy and Society, Vol. 45, No. 3-4, 2016, p. 350-378
Journal article
Christian Borch / Peter Sloterdijk
In: Kulturteori og kultursociologi. ed. /Bjørn Schiermer. København : Hans Reitzel 2016, p. 365-384
Book chapter
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.
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