Frans Willem Korsten holds the endowed chair 'Literature and society' at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication since 2007. He is associate professor at the department of Film- en Literary Sudies at LUCAS: the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society since 1998 and with the Piet Zwart Institute since 2013. He published Lessen in Literatuur (Lessons in Literature, 3rd edition 2009) and worked extensively on baroque theatricality with Vondel belicht (2006), All inclusive (2007), Sovereignty as Inviolability (2009) and as co-editor of Joost van den Vondel: Dutch Playwright in the Golden Age (2012). He edited several special issues of journals and published widely on literature, art and issues of capitalism, law and justice. He was chair of the section Letters of the Dutch Council of Culture and was member of advisory committees, with NWO and the Norwegian Research Council. He was responsible for the NWO internationalization program ‘Precarity and Post-Autonomia: The Global Heritage’, working together with Joost de Bloois (University of Amsterdam). Together with Yasco Horsman (University Leiden) and a number of PhD-students he is currently working on the role of literature and art at the limits of the law.