Dr Christina Petterson

Dr Christina  Petterson

Position: Gerda Henkel Research Fellow
School and/or Centres: Centre for European Studies

Email: christina.petterson@newcastle.edu.au


Christina Petterson moved from Denmark to Australia in 2006 when she was awarded an international PhD scholarship from Macquarie University. After completing her thesis on the role of Protestantism in the Danish colonisation of Greenland, she worked as a postdoc for 2 years at the Postgraduate Research “Gender as a Category of Knowledge” in Berlin. She then returned to Australia to take up a three year Research Associate position at Newcastle University after which she was awarded a Gerda Henkel Research Fellowship, which she will take up here at the ANU.

From October 1st: Gerda Henkel Stiftung Research Fellowship Balancing Economy and Christ: The Brüdergemeinde in Greenland and Australia The emergence of capitalism generated a profound change in social relations. This comparative project demonstrates how this change is manifested in the missionary practice of the global Protestant missions of the Herrnhuter Brüdergemeinde to Greenland (1733-1901) and the Australian colonies (1848-1919). Drawing on unpublished archival material (church records, correspondence, journals, and ledgers), the project aims to show how the missionary practice of the Brüdergemeinde changed from an earlier approach, practiced in Greenland, and embedded in a local subsistence economy to a more dis-embedded economic approach, practiced in Australia; and analyse how this affected the missionaries’ attitude to and engagements with the Indigenous populations.
At the moment I am completing a bookmanuscript based on archival studies of 400 speeches given by the founder of the Moravian Brethren (Herrnhuter Brüdergemeinde), Count Zinzendorf to the congregation in Herrnhut (eastern Germany) in the mid-eighteenth century. The speeches are in handwritten German, and are fabulous sources to the changes in social relations, the establishment of gender roles, and individualisation. The book is under contract with Brill.

2014   Vice-Chancellor’s award for Research Excellence in Faculty of Education and Arts.

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