• Research Areas

    • History of missionaries in German and British colonies
    • Historical transregional studies
    • Colonial history of the 19th century
    • Cultural transfer
    • Form and function of (Missionary) Periodicals
    • The afterlives of German colonies and the culture of remembrance
  • CV


    North Rhine-Westphalia Certificate "Professional Teaching Competence for the University"
    Habilitation at Münster University ("Venia legendi" in Modern and Contemporary History with a particular focus on the nineteenth century)
    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne, Australia
    Master of Arts (German), University of Melbourne, Australia
    Bachelor of Arts with Honours (German), University of Melbourne, Australia


    Postdoctoral research fellow at the cluster of excellence “Religion and Politics in Modern and Pre-Modern Cultures”, University of Münster
    Honorary Visiting Academic, History & Archaeology, Flinders University, Australia
    Academic Fellow, The University of York, UK, ERASMUS+ STA/STT Mobility
    Community Awareness Programme Manager, ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry University of Melbourne, Australia
    Advisor for television programmes; “First Australians”, SBS Independent television series, Blackfella Films, Sydney, Australia
    Member of the “History Council of Victoria Rural Outreach Program, History Road-Show”
    Academic researcher at the project “Future of Chemistry”, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, National Office, Australia
    Research assistant and project manager, Centre for the Study of Higher Education University of Melbourne, Australia
    Academic researcher at the project “Moravian Mission Papers and Victorian Indigenous languages”, Victorian Aboriginal Corporations for Languages


    Horner Memorial Library Fellowship - German Historical Institute (Washington) and the German Society of Pennsylvania, USA
    The Ian Robertson Travel Scholarship - The University of Melbourne
    Postgraduate Overseas Research Experience Scholarship - The University of Melbourne, Australia
    Travel for Research in Postgraduate Studies - The University of Melbourne, Australia
    Lizette Bentwitch Scholarship - The University of Melbourne, Australia
    The Alma Hansen Scholarship - The University of Melbourne, Australia
    Research Grant for foreign doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists - German Academic Exchange Service

    External functions

    Member of Steering Committee on the Project: "Children as Objects and Agents of Change. Strategies of (post)colonial development, 1880 - 2020"", led by Professor dr. Geertje Mak (Amsterdam School of Historical Studies, Modern History Group, University of Amsterdam), funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
    Member of Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum
    Member of Center for Digital Humanities, WWU Münster
    Member of Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands
    Editorial Board Member for Journal of Moravian History Penn State University Press, USA
    Member of the Board of Directors of the Cluster of Excellence, WWU
    Elective Representative of the Early to Mid-Career Researchers, Cluster of Excellence Religion and Politics, WWU
  • Publications


    Books (Monographs)
    • Jensz Felicity. Moravian Missionaries in the British Colony of Victoria, Australia, 1848-1908: Strangers in a Strange Land. Leiden: Brill, .
    Edited Books
    • "Dossier: Non-European Teachers in Mission Schools" in Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction 40, no. 3 : 389-465., .
    • Jensz Felicity, Acke Hanna. (eds.) “The Form and Function of Nineteenth-Century Missionary Periodicals,” Forum section, Church History, 82, no. 2: 368-404., .
    • Jensz Felicity, Acke Hanna (eds.). Missions and Media. The Politics of Missionary Periodicals in the Long Nineteenth Century. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, .


    Articles in Journals
    • Jensz, Felicity.Miscarriage and Coping in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Private Notes from Distant Places.’ Gender & History 32 (). [Accepted]
    • Jensz, Felicity.The 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference and comparative colonial education.’ History of Education 47, No. 3 (). doi: 10.1080/0046760X.2018.1425741.
    • Jensz, Felicity.Ein Globales Leben: Das Leben von Adolf und Mary "Polly" Hartmann in Briefen, ca. 1860-1910.“ Unitas Fratrum 77 (): 39-54.
    • Jensz, Felicity. ‘Poor Heathens’, ‘Cone-headed Natives’, and ‘Good Water’: The Production of Knowledge of the Interior of Australia through German Texts from around the 1860s.’ Postcolonial Studies 21, No. 1 (): 399-414.
    • Jensz, Felicity. Fischstäbchen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Eine Geschichte des Technologischen und Gesellschaftlichen Wandel.“ Epikur. Journal für Gastrosophie 3, Nr. 1 ().
    • Jensz, Felicity.Anthropological investigation has very little interest for me’: Notes from Moravian Missionaries in Australia.’ Anthropological Forum. A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology 27, No. 3 (): 209-223. doi: 10.1080/00664677.2017.1365689.
    • Jensz, Felicity.(ed.) Non-European Teachers in Mission Schools: Introduction.’ Itinerario 40, No. 3 (): 389-403. doi: 10.1017/S0165115316000620.
    • Jensz Felicity.Everywhere at home, everywhere a stranger: the communities of the Moravian missionary Mary (Polly) Hartmann.’ Journal of Australian Studies 39, No. 1 (): 20-31. doi: 10.1080/14443058.2014.989882.
    • Jensz Felicity.Overcoming Objections to Print: The Moravian Periodical Accounts and the Pressure of Publishing in Eighteenth-Century Britain.’ Journal of Moravian History 15, No. 1 (): 1-28. doi: 10.5325/jmorahist.15.1.0001.
    • Jensz Felicity, Acke Hanna.FORUM: The form and function of nineteenth-century missionary periodicals.’ Church History 82, No. 3 (): 368-373. doi: 10.1017/S0009640713000036.
    • Jensz Felicity.The Function of Inaugural Editorials in Missionary Periodicals.’ Church History 82, No. 2 (): 374-380. doi: 10.1017/S0009640713000048.
    • Jensz, Felicity.Die deutsche Missionsarbeit in Australien im 19. Jahrhundert.“ Berliner Beiträge zur Missionsgeschichte 15 (): 1-33.
    • Jensz, Felicity. The cultural, didactic, and physical spaces of mission schools in the nineteenth century.’ Missionsräume – Themenheft der Österreichischen Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft 24, No. 2 (): 71-92.
    • Jensz Felicity.Missionaries and Education in the 19th Century English-Speaking World, Part 1: Church-State Relations and Indigenous Actions and Reactions.’ History Compass 10, No. 4 (): 294-305. doi: 10.1111/j.1478-0542.2012.00839.x.
    • Jensz Felicity.Origins of Missionary Periodicals: form and function of three Moravian publications.’ Journal of Religious History 36, No. 2 (): 234-255. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9809.2011.01168.x.
    • Jensz, Felicity. “in future, only female teachers’: Staffing the Ramahyuck mission school in the nineteenth century”.’ Provenance 11 ().
    • Jensz Felicity.Missionaries and Education in the 19th Century English-Speaking World, Part 2: Part II: Race, Class, and Gender.’ History Compass 10, No. 4 (): 306-317. doi: 10.1111/j.1478-0542.2012.00838.x.
    • Jensz Felicity.Publication and Reception of David Cranz's 1767 ‘History of Greenland'.’ The Library: Transactions of The Bibliographical Society 7th series, No. vol. 13, no. 4 (): 457-472. doi: 10.1093/library/13.4.457.
    • Jensz Felicity.Collecting Cultures: Institutional Motivations for Nineteenth-Century Ethnographical Collections formed by Moravian Missionaries.’ Journal of the History of Collections 24, No. 1 (): 63-76. doi: 10.1093/jhc/fhq043.
    • Jensz Felicity.Moravian Mission Education in the Nineteenth Century: Global patterns and local manifestations at New Fairfield, Upper Canada.’ Journal of Moravian History 11 (): 7-28.
    • Jensz Felicity.Firewood, Fakirs and Flags: The Construction of the non-Western ‘other’ in a Nineteenth-Century Transnational Children’s Missionary Periodical.’ Schweizerischen Zeitschrift für Religions- und Kulturgeschichte, Sonderheft Mission-transnationale Perspektiven 105 (): 167–191.
    • Jensz, Felicity. Controlling marriages: Friedrich Hagenauer and the betrothal of indigenous Western Australian women in colonial Victoria.’ Aboriginal History 34 (): 35-54.
    • Jensz Felicity.Religious migration and political upheaval: German Moravians at Bethel in the Colony of South Australia, 1851-1907.’ Australian Journal of Politics and History 56, No. 3 (): 351-366.
    • Jensz Felicity.Kommunikation zwischen einem Herrnhuter Missionar, F.A. Hagenauer, und dem Naturwissenschaftler Charles Darwin.“ Unitas Fratrum 63/64 (): 307-314.
    • Jensz Felicity.Three Peculiarities of the Southern Australian Moravian Mission Field.’ Journal of Moravian History 7 (): 7-30.
    • McInnis Craig, Jensz Felicity.Flexibility in the Australian Higher Education Framework.’ Th&Ma 10 (): 33-37.
    • Jensz Felicity.Writing the Lake Boga Failure.’ Traffic: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Journal 2003, No. 3 ()147-161.
    Articles in Edited Books
    • Jensz, Felicity. Silenced Women, Speaking Men: Locating Gendered Epistemic Violence in Nineteenth Century Missionary Representations of India In Gender and Violence in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives: Situating India, edited by Atwal Jyoti, Fleßenkämper Iris, 58-75. New York, London, Delhi: Routledge, .
    • Jensz, Felicity. "Als der Krieg ausbrach". Die persönlichen Erinnerungen deutscher Missionare in Kamerun um 1914 In Mission Afrika: Geschichtsschreibung über Grenzen hinweg, herausgegeben von Eckardt, Michael, 87-104. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, .
    • Jensz, Felicity. Hope and Pity: Depictions of Children in Five Decades of the Evangelisch-Lutherisches Missionsblatt, 1860-1910 In Menschen—Bilder—Eine Welt. Ordnungen von Vielfalt in der religiösen Publizistik um 1900, edited by Becker, Judith; Nebgen, Christoph; Stornig, Katharina, 223-245. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, .
    • Jensz, Felicity. „Schilderungen aus der Südsee“: Missionsperiodika und ihre Rolle in der deutschen Öffentlichkeit In Aus Westfalen in die Südsee. Katholische Mission in den deutschen Kolonien. Begleitband zur Ausstellung im Stadtmuseum Münster ab 22. September 2018, herausgegeben von Hensel Silke, Rommé Barbara, 40-51. Berlin: Reimer, .
    • Jensz, Felicity. With one voice. Quakers' use of print in 17th century England In Stimmen aus dem Jenseits/Voices from Beyond, edited by Wagner-Egelhaaf Martina, 101-104. Würzburg: Ergon, .
    • Jensz Felicity. Eine Stimme auf Reisen. Mormonen und Schulmeister im 19. Jahrhundert In Stimmen aus dem Jenseits/Voices from Beyond, herausgegeben von Wagner-Egelhaaf Martina, 126-130. Würzburg: Ergon, .
    • Jensz Felicity. The voice of mourning In Stimmen aus dem Jenseits/Voices from Beyond, edited by Wagner-Egelhaaf Martina, 137-147. Würzburg: Ergon, .
    • Basu Helene, Hoeps Reinhard, Jensz Felicity, Wagner-Egelhaaf Martina, Wilke Annette. Stimm-Wunder? Nachgedanken zur Interdisziplinarität In Stimmen aus dem Jenseits/Voices from Beyond, edited by Wagner-Egelhaaf Martina, 289-295. Würzburg: Ergon, .
    • Jensz, Felicity. ‚Kurze Anweisung Naturalien zu sameln‘—Ein historischer Blick auf die Sammlungstätigkeit protestantischer Missionare In Missionsgeschichtliche Sammlungen heute. Beiträge einer Tagung, herausgegeben von LVR-Fachbereich Regionale Kulturarbeit/Museumsberatung, Köln, LWL-Museumsamt für Westfalen, Münster, 15-25. Siegburg: Franz Schmitt Verlag, .
    • Jensz Felicity. Briefe, Bibeln und Bilder: Das Medienbewusstsein der Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge in Bezug auf die Verbreitung von Informationen über die Dänisch-Hallesche Mission in Tranquebar innerhalb der englischsprachigen Welt am Anfang des 18. Jahrhunderts In "Schrift soll leserlich seyn". Der Pietismus und die Medien. Beiträge zum IV. Internationalen Kongress für Pietismusforschung, herausgegeben von Soboth Christian, Schmid Pia in Verbindung mit Albrecht-Birkner Veronika, Lehmann Hartmut, Müller-Bahlke Thomas, 611-624. Halle: Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen Halle, .
    • Fitzpatrick Matthew, Jensz Felicity. Between heaven and earth: the German Templer colonies in Palestine In Imperial Expectations and Realities. El Dorados, utopias and dystopias, edited by Varnava Andrekos, 144-165. Manchester: Manchester University Press, .
    • Jensz, Felicity. The Representative Individuality of “First-Fruit” in Protestant Missionary Texts. Narratives of the Moravian Convert Kayarnak In Individualisierung durch christliche Mission?, edited by Fuchs, Martin / Linkenbach, Antje / Reinhard, Wolfgang, 204-218. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, .
    • Jensz, Felicity. Reporting from the Religious Contact Zone: Missionaries and Anthropologists in Nineteenth-Century Australia In European Missions in Contact Zones. Transformation through Interaction in a (Post-)Colonial World, edited by Becker Judith, 125-141. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, .
    • Jensz Felicity, Acke Hanna. Introduction In Missions and Media. The Politics of Missionary Periodicals in the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by Jensz Felicity, Acke Hanna, 9-15. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, .
    • Jensz Felicity. Gesetze, Bildung und „Rasse“ in der Britischen Kolonialwelt des 19. Jahrhunderts. Missionsgesellschaften und ihre rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen in Australien und Kanada In Grenzüberschreitende Religion. Vergleichs- und Kulturtransferstudien zur neuzeitlichen Geschichte, herausgegeben von Schulze Thies, 263-285. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, .
    • Jensz Felicity. Diverging Reports of European Politics and Colonial Aspirations in the "Periodical Accounts" and the "Missions-Blatt" In Missions and Media. The Politics of Missionary Periodicals in the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by Jensz Felicity, Acke Hanna, 39-56. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, .
    • Jensz Felicity. The Little Missionary: Freund-, Fremd- und Feindbilder am Beispiel einer Kindermissionszeitschrift im 19. Jahrhundert in Nordamerika In Von Ketzer bis zum Terroristen: Interdisziplinäre Studien zur Konstruktion und Rezeption von Feindbildern, herausgegeben von Fürst Alfons, Harutyunyan Harutyun, Schrage Eva-Maria, Voigt Verena, 67-90. Münster: Aschendorff Verlag, .
    • Jensz Felicity. Colonial Agents: German Moravian Missionaries in the English-speaking World In Missionaries, Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Change, edited by Grimshaw Patricia, May Andrew, 138-150. Sussex: Sussex Academic Press, .
    • Jensz Felicity. Imperial Critics: Moravian Missionaries in the British Colonial World In Evangelists of Empire? Missionares in Colonial History, edited by Barry Amanda, Cruickshank Joanna, Brown-May Andrew, Grimshaw Patricia, 187-197. Melbourne: eScholarship Research Centre, .
    • McInnis Craig, Jensz Felicity. Bachelor/Masters: An Australian perspective on the Anglophone perspective In Looking Back to Look Forward. Analyses of Higher Education after the Turn of the Millennium, edited by Kehn Barbara M., 93-106. Kassel: International Centre for Higher Education Research, .
    • Jensz Felicity. 'Ohne Neid' ('Without Jealousy'): Moravian Missionaries' Ideas of Land Ownership in Colonial Victoria In Rethinking Colonial Histories: New and Alternative Approaches, edited by Edmonds Penelope, Furphy Samuel, 219-231. Melbourne: Department of History The University of Melbourne and RMIT Publishing, .
    • Jensz Felicity. Moravian Missionaries' Contribution to Ethnographical Studies in Victoria: Both Then and Now In The Struggle for Souls and Science. Constructing the Fifth Continent: German Missionaries and Scientist in Central Australia, edited by Veit Walter, 29-35. Alice Springs: Northern Territory Government, .
    • Jensz Felicity. German-speaking Missionaries and Their Concepts of Britishness In Exploring the British World: Identity - Cultural Production - Institutions, edited by Darian-Smith Kate, Grimshaw Patricia, Lindsey Kiera, Mcintyre Stuart, 142-160. Melbourne: RMIT Publishing, .
    Articles in Newspapers or non-scientific Media

    Theses (Dissertation or Habilitation)

    • Jensz, Felicity. The Rising Generatio. Mission Schools and Governments in the British Imperial World in the Long Nineteenth Century. Postdoctoral Thesis, Universität Münster. , . [Accepted]

    Reports (Working, Research, Annual Reports)