Lars Tønder
Lars Tønder

Professor with special responsibilities

Member of:

  • Political Theory

Lars Tønder is a political theorist with a special interest in early modern political thought, contemporary political theory, and democratic theory. He is co-director of Centre for Anthropological, Political and Social Theory (CAPS), and 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.

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. He is the recipient of the 2007 American Political Science Association Leo Strauss Prize for best dissertation in political philosophy, and the 2016 Teaching Award, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.

Lars Tønder serves on the Editorial Board of two journals: Theory & Event and Politics and Religion. He was 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 University of Chicago Press.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Political Theory and the Sensorium

    Tønder, Lars, 1 Jul 2015, In : Political Theory.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  2. Published

    What is important in theorizing tolerance today?

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  3. Published

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

    Tønder, Lars, Apr 2015, In : Theory & Event. 18, 2

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  4. Published

    Comic Power: Another Road Not Taken?

    Tønder, Lars, Dec 2014, In : Theory & Event. 17, 4

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  5. Published

    Spinoza and the Theory of Active Tolerance

    Tønder, Lars, Oct 2013, In : Political Theory. 41, 5, p. 687-709 1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  6. Published

    Tolerance: A Sensorial Orientation to Politics

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

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    Freedom of Expression in an Age of Cartoon Wars

    Tønder, Lars, 2011, In : Contemporary Political Theory. 10, 2, p. 255-272 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  8. Published

    Radical Democracy: Politics between Abundance and Lack

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

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

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