Lars Tønder

Lars Tønder

Professor MSO

Medlem af:

  • Politisk Teori

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University.

Lars Tønder is a political theorist with a special interest in early modern political thought, contemporary political theory, and democratic theory. He is a member of the Politcal Theory Research Group and the Emotions and Public Affairs network. He is also the subject coordinator ("fagkoordinator") for the department's course offerings in Political Theory and Sociology.


The main purpose of Lars Tønder's research is to contribute to what is called the “sensorial turn,” i.e., an approach to politics in the social sciences and in the humanities more broadly that foregrounds affect, perception, and other registers of embodied experience in order to explain how conflict and coexistence are both structured by and exceed their place within social institutions and political regimes. The bulk of Lars' published works examine this process in a manner directly relevant to debates about tolerance, free speech, pluralism, and democratic culture. His book Tolerance: A Sensorial Orientation to Politics was published with Oxford University Press.

Lars is currently working on two research projects:

  • Political theory and the sensorium: an examination of why political theory needs a sensorial orientation to politics. With special emphasis on thinkers such as Deleuze, Canguilhem, and Rancière. For more, see the recently published special issue of the journal Political Theory with an introduction on "Political Theory and the Sensorium."
  • Comic politics: an examination of thinkers such as Spinoza, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche, and how their disucssions of comedy, including satire and parody, might inform issues in democratic theory. Recently published articles include "Comic Power: Another Road Not Taken?" and "Comic Rules: Kierkegaard, The Idiots, and Dogma 95."

Fellowships and prizes

Prior to his appointment at the University of Copenhagen, Lars Tønder held positions at The University of Melbourne and Northwestern University. He has twice been a visiting fellow at the École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Lyon, and once at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University. His dissertation won the 2007 American Political Science Association Leo Strauss Prize for best dissertation in political philosophy.

Professional service

Lars Tønder serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Theory & Event, and he is the Foundations of Political Theory program co-chair for the 2016 American Political Science Asssociation convention. He is regularly asked to review manuscripts for journals such as Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theory, American Political Science Review as well as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Routledge.

Udvalgte publikationer

  1. Udgivet

    Political Theory and the Sensorium

    Tønder, Lars, 1 jul. 2015, I : Political Theory.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  2. Udgivet

    What is important in theorizing tolerance today?

    Brown, W., Dobbernack, J., Modood, T., Newey, G., March, A. F., Tønder, Lars & Forst, R., apr. 2015, I : Contemporary Political Theory. 14, 2, s. 159-196 4.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  3. Udgivet

    Comic Rules: Kierkegaard, "The Idiots," and the Politics of Dogma 95

    Tønder, Lars, apr. 2015, I : Theory & Event. 18, 2

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  4. Udgivet

    Comic Power: Another Road Not Taken?

    Tønder, Lars, dec. 2014, I : Theory & Event. 17, 4

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  5. Udgivet

    Spinoza and the Theory of Active Tolerance

    Tønder, Lars, okt. 2013, I : Political Theory. 41, 5, s. 687-709 1.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  6. Udgivet

    Tolerance: A Sensorial Orientation to Politics

    Tønder, Lars, 2013, N.Y.: Oxford University Press.

    Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportBogForskningfagfællebedømt

  7. Udgivet

    Freedom of Expression in an Age of Cartoon Wars

    Tønder, Lars, 2011, I : Contemporary Political Theory. 10, 2, s. 255-272 17 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  8. Udgivet

    Radical Democracy: Politics between Abundance and Lack

    Tønder, Lars (red.) & Thomassen, L. (red.), 2005, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

    Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportAntologiForskningfagfællebedømt

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