CRASSH is delighted to announce that Jan-Melissa Schramm from Cambridge’s Faculty of English will be taking up the role of Deputy Director in October 2017.
Director Simon Goldhill stated that, although the Centre will be saying a sad farewell to Deputy Director Tim Lewens, whose term of office has finished, we will be comforted by the arrival of Jan-Melissa Schramm, who will take up the role and see us through the next three years. In the following post, Dr Schramm, a longtime friend of CRASSH, gives an overview of her research interests.
My research interests are fundamentally interdisciplinary. I undertook the popular combined double-honours-degree Arts/ Law in Australia before being admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia. I worked briefly as a lawyer in private practice, where I dealt primarily with criminal cases. I then came to Cambridge in 1993 on a scholarship and did my PhD on changing ideas of evidence and testimony in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (supervised by Professor Dame Gillian Beer, in the Faculty of English). I have been in Cambridge since I finished my PhD, holding firstly a Junior Research Fellowship and then a College Lectureship before gaining a University Lectureship in Nineteenth-Century Literature in the Faculty of English: I have been a Fellow at Trinity Hall since 2000. I have written three books to date: Testimony and Advocacy in Victorian Law, Literature, and Theology (CUP, 2000), Atonement and Self-Sacrifice in Nineteenth-Century Narrative (CUP, 2012), and Censorship, Dramatic Form, and the Representation of the Sacred in Nineteenth-Century England (forthcoming). I have also co-edited two volumes of essays: Fictions of Knowledge: Fact, Evidence, Doubt (Macmillan, 2011), and Sacrifice and the Modern Literature of War (OUP, forthcoming). I am also Co-General Editor (with Professor Christopher Ricks) of the 11-volume edition of the Selected Works of the Victorian jurist James Fitzjames Stephen for OUP. My current monograph is a study of what happened to the language of ‘rights’ in Britain in the post-French-revolutionary period, with the working title of ‘Nineteenth-Century Experiments in the Rule of Law.’ I have given a number of papers at CRASSH over the past decade, and I held the Crausaz-Wordsworth Fellowship in 2011-2012: I’m honoured to be joining the team as incoming Deputy Director and I’m very much looking forward to being involved again with the CRASSH community in the years ahead.