Apr 25 2024

Introducing the OSI 2024 Faculty: Ted Laros

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We are happy to announce Ted Laros as a member of the OSI 2024 faculty! Ted is an assistant professor affiliated with the Department of Technology, Media and Culture of the Open University of the Netherlands. His research interests include world literature (as a theoretical concept), the sociology of literature/culture, and the relationship between literature/culture and law. He is currently working on a historical sociological study of the purge of the Dutch literary field after World War II (forthcoming with Amsterdam UP in 2025). Key concepts within this study are the responsibility of the writer and the autonomy of literature (especially vis-à-vis the political and juridical fields). Next to this he is co-editing (together with Jaco Barnard-Naudé and Sauleha Kamal) a special issue on “World Literature and Human Rights” for Journal of World Literature (forthcoming in 2026). Ted will convene a workshop with Cassandra Falke on questions of Literature and Human Rights.

Among his publications in the area of law and literature/culture are: Brigitte Adriaensen, Andrew Bricker, Alberto Godioli & Ted Laros, ed., Humor and the Law: Laughter as Critique/The Limits of Laughter, special issue of Law, Culture and the Humanities (forthcoming); Brigitte Adriaensen, Andrew Bricker, Alberto Godioli & Ted Laros, ed., Humor and the Law: The Difficulty of Judging Jests, special issue of Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, vol. 35, no. 3, 2022, pp. 295-508; Ted Laros, Literature and the Law in South Africa, 1910-2010: The Long Walk to Artistic Freedom. The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series in Law, Culture, and the Humanities. Vancouver: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2018 (Open Access edition 2020).

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