BA (Hons.), BSc (ANU), MIntSt (Melbourne), PhD (Copenhagen)

Daniel Midena was recently awarded a PhD degree from the Department for English, Germanic and Romance Studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2015. His dissertation, which is being revised for publication, examines the ethnographic activities and natural worldview of German Protestant missionaries in New Guinea, 1884 – 1930. He is also a co-editor of and contributor to the recently published volume, Emotions and Christian Missions: Historical Perspectives (Palgrave, 2015).

Daniel joined IASH in April 2015 as part of Peter Harrison’s Australian Laureate Fellowship project on Science and Secularization, where he will continue his research interests in science, religion and colonial politics in the South Pacific. His role in the Laureate project is to undertake a comparative examination of how successive colonial and post-colonial legislators and court systems regulated ‘sorcery’ in selected South Pacific islands between about 1880 and 1980.

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