Otto Borchert Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, Sociology, and of Social Sciences in the College

Chair, Department of Sociology

PhD, University of Vienna, 1971


Karin D. Knorr Cetina specializes in economic anthropology/sociology, the anthropology of science, knowledge and technology, globalization and global society studies, contemporary social theory, and qualitative methods.


Contact Information

Office: Social Science 424
Phone: (773) 702-4333
Email: karin.knorr@uni-konstanz.de, knorr@uchicago.edu


Selected Publications

n.d.
Synthetic Society. Under contract with Oxford University Press, 2019

n.d.
Maverick Markets: The Virtual Societies of Financial Markets. Completed book manuscript ready for submission.

2017
Dimensionen und Dynamiken synthetischer Gesellschaften (Dimensions and Dynamics of Synthetic Societies). Friedrich Krotz, Cathrin Despotovic, and Merle-Marie Kruse, eds., Mediatisierung als Metaprozess: Transformationen, Formen der Entwicklung und die Generierung von Neuem.

2016
Österreichische Soziologie im globalen Wettbewerb-ein transatlantischer Blick zurück und in die Zukunft (Austrian Sociology within a Global competition-a Transatlantic Perspective on its Past and Future). Helmut Staubmann, ed., Soziologie in Österreich-Internationale Verflechtungen.

2016
Wissenskulturen-Wissenschaftliche Praxis und gesellschaftliche Ordnung (Scientific Cultures-Scientific Practice and Social Order). Nina Baur, Chistina Besio, Maria Norkus, and Grit Petschick eds., Wissen-Organisation-Forschungspraxis. Der Makro-Meso-Mikro-Link in der Wissenschaft.

2015
Living Data in Financial Markets--Concepts and Consequences" In ed. Florian Süssenguth, Die Gesellschaft der Daten--Über die digitale Transformation der sozialen Ordnung. Bielefeld.

2015
What is a Financial Market? Global Markets as Media-Institutional Forms. In eds. Patrick Apers and Nigel Dodd, Re-Imagining Economic Sociology. Oxford University Press.

2015
(with Werner Reichmann) Professional Epistemic Cultures. In eds. Ines Langemeyer, Martin Fischer, and Michaela Pfadenhauer, Epistemic and Learning Cultures--Woher und wohin sich Universitäten entwickeln. Weinheim: Beltz Juventa.

2014
What if the Screens Went Black? The Coming of Software Agents. In eds. Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann, Volatile Smile. Nürnberg: Verlag für Moderne Kunst.

2014
Instituionist Theorizing. In R. Swedberg, ed., Theorizing in the Social Sciences: Turning to the Context of Discovery. Stanford University Press.

2012
What is a Financial Market? Global Markets as micro-institutional and post-traditional forms. In: Karin Knorr Cetina and Alex Preda (eds.) Handbook of the Sociology of Finance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2012
Handbook of the Sociology of Finance. (ed with Alex Preda) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2010
Financial Analysis: Epistemic Profile of an Evaluative Science. In C. Camic, et al., eds., Knowledge Making, Use and Evaluation in the Social Sciences. University of Chicago Press.

2010
The Epistemics of Information: A Logic of Knowledge Consumption. Journal of Consumer Culture. 10(2):1-31.

2009
The Synthetic Situation: Interactionism for a Global World. Symbolic Interaction. 32(1): 61-87.

2008
Microglobalization. In I. Rossi, ed. Frontiers of Globalization Research: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches. New York: Springer, 65-93.

2005
Complex Global Microstructures: The New Terrorist Societies. In J. Urry ed., “Complexity,” special issue of Theory, Culture and Society. 22:213-234.

2005
How Are Global Markets Global? The Architecture of a Flow World. In Knorr Cetina & Prada, eds., The Sociology of Financial Markets.

2005
(Ed. w/ A. Prada) The Sociology of Financial Markets. Oxford University Press.

2003
From Pipes to Scopes: The Flow Architecture of Financial Markets. Distinktion. 7: 7-23.

2002
Inhabiting Technology: Features of a Global Lifeform. Current Sociology. July Special Issue on The Sociology of Technology.

2002
(w/ Urs Bruegger) Global Microstructures: The Virtual Societies of Financial Markets. American Journal of Sociology. 107(4): 905-950.

2001
Transparency Regimes and Management by Content in Global Organizations: The Case of Institutional Currency Trading. Journal of Knowledge Management.

2000
(w/ Urs Bruegger) The Market as an Object of Attachment: Exploring Postsocial Relations in Financial Markets. Canadian Journal of Sociology. 25(2): 141-168.

1999
Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge. Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press.

1997
Sociality with Objects: Social Relations in Postsocial Knowledge Societies. Theory, Culture and Society. 14(4): 1-30.

1995
How Superorganisms Change: Consensus Formation and the Social Ontology of High-Energy Physics Experiments. Social Studies of Science. 25: 119-47.

1992
The Couch, the Cathedral and the Lab: On the Relationship between Experiment and Laboratory Science. In A. Pickering, ed., Science as Practice and Culture. University of Chicago Press.

1981
The Manufacture of Knowledge: An Essay on the Constructivist and Contextual Nature of Science. Oxford: Pergamon Press.