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Fellowship Presentation with Dr Daniel Midena
A History of Medicine, Christianity and Sorcery
Talks / Lecture
What is the relationship between Christianity, ‘sorcery’ and Western medicine in the South Pacific? This question has particular relevance given the ongoing violence related to sorcery accusations throughout Melanesia.
Dr Daniel Midena examines the historical encounters between modern medicine and New Guinean beliefs and practices with assistance from the biography of Edwin Tscharke (1918–2000), a medical missionary on Karkar Island in the late twentieth century. Tscharke was one of the most influential medical missionaries in the Pacific after 1945. He devoted considerable energy to thinking and writing about how to disabuse locals of their belief in ‘sorcery’.
About Dr Daniel Midena
Dr Daniel Midena is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland specialising in the history of European missionaries, anthropologists, and legal systems within German and British colonies (New Guinea, Fiji, New Hebrides/Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
He is a 2019 National Library of Australia Fellow supported by the Stokes Family.