The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

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 a forthcoming volume, Emotions and Christian Missions: Historical Perspectives (Palgrave, 2015).
Daniel joined CHED/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.

Room: 508

Telephone:  (07) 334 69496


  • (co-edited with Claire McLisky and Karen Vallgårda) Emotions and Christian Missions: Historical Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 [forthcoming]).
  • ‘The Ethnomusicology of Emotions in the Neuendettelsau Mission to the Papuans’, in Claire McLisky, Daniel Midena and Karen Vallgårda (eds.), Emotions and Christian Missions: Historical Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 [forthcoming]).


  • (with Eric Hounshell) 'Historicizing Big Data' Conference, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, October 31 – November 2, 2013 (MPIWG Preprint Series no. 462, 2014).

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