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Marc Schuilenburg works on the edge of Sociology, Philosophy and Criminology. Coming from Law he decided to study Philosophy – especially the work of Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari and Michel Foucault – to understand how the formal structures of our society work. He worked for six years for the Public Prosecution Service, before joining the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU Amsterdam. His PhD in Social Sciences on the workings of security assemblages in urban environments, was awarded the triennial Willem Nagel Prize by the Dutch Society of Criminology. He is the author of three books, including Hysteria: Crime, Media, and Politics (Routledge, 2021) and The Securitization of Society (NYU-Press, 2015). In his latest book Hysteria, he examines what hysteria is and why it is fuelled by a culture that not only abuses, but also encourages and rewards it. He has been a visiting professor in New York (John Jay College, 2013) and Ipswich (University Campus Suffolk, 2014-2020). During his writing, he listens to John Coltrane, Radiohead, Actress, Scratch Lee Perry, Autechre, Pharoah Sanders, and Morrissey. He lives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.