'A History of Medicine, Christianity and Sorcery' Lecture with Dr Daniel Midena

Tuesday 10 December 2019, 08:00am

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.

In this free lecture, 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’.

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