Frans-Willem Korsten is professor ‘Literature, Culture, and Law’ at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society and was, from 2007 to 2024, professor by special appointment ‘Literature and society’ at the Erasmus School of Philosophy. He was responsible for the NWO internationalization program ‘Precarity and Post-Autonomia: The Global Heritage’, took part in a NWO/FWO funded program: ‘Imagineering Techniques in the Early Modern Period’, and  currently takes part in a NWO funded program entitled ‘Playing Politics: Media Platforms, Making Worlds’ where he is looking at the ways in which populists and big corporations try to play with the judiciary and the rule of law. Korsten published extensively on the Republican baroque with theatricality and sovereignty as central themes in Sovereignty as Inviolability: Vondel’s Theatrical Explorations in the Dutch Republic (Verloren 2009); A Dutch Republican Baroque: Theatricality, Dramatization, Moment and Event (open access, AUP 2017); Marketing Violence: The Affective Economy of Violent Imageries in the Dutch Republic (open access, Cambridge University Press, 2023 – together with Inger Leemans, Kornee van der Haven and Karel Vanhaesbrouck). In the last decade his focus lies on the relation between literature, art, politics, justice and law. This resulted in Art as an Interface of Law and Justice: Affirmation, Disturbance, Disruption (Hart, 2021). Issues of law and justice are also at the back of Cultural Interactions: Conflict and Cooperation (AUP 2022) and Imagining Urban Complexity: A Humanities Approach in Tropes, Media, and Genres (Routledge 2024).

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