Portrait Frederik Schmitz

Frederik Schmitz, MA

Research fellow (Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer)


E-Mail: frederik.schmitz@uni-bonn.de
Phone: +49 (0) 228 73-60191
Address: Römerstraße 164, D-53117 Bonn, Room 4.023


Frederik Schmitz studied Regional Studies China and economics at the University of Cologne and afterwards completed a Master’s degree in Sinology at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen. During his studies, he spent two years at universities in China (Tianjin University and Jilin University). Since June 2021 he has been employed as a research fellow at the University of Bonn and supervises the subproject “Infrastructures of Memory” in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer.

Research interest

Memory politics | culture politics | power legitimation of autocratic regimes | Chinese foreign and global politics | discourse politics | narratives und storytelling as a political strategy | peripheral politics | ideology | Chinese philosophy

Research projects

  • Infrastructures of Memory (Infrastructures of China’s Modernity and Their Global Constitutive Effects)
  • Instrumentalization of cultural narratives with the aim to legitimise political power
  • Digitalization of Memory in China and in international comparison (funded by TRA 5 of the University of Bonn)
    [presented in an international workshop in September 2022]
  • "Feel" the Party - Impacts of emotions on the Chinese Communist Party's legitimacy (dissertation project)


  • European Association for Chinese Studies
  • German Society for Asian Studies
  • Polis180 e.V 



Last edited 26 October 2022

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