Portrait Frederik Schmitz
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Frederik Schmitz, MA

Doctoral Student & Research Fellow (Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer)


E-Mail: frederik.schmitz@uni-bonn.de
Phone: +49 228 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. He is a visiting scholar at Academica Sinica in Taipei until the end of January 2024.

Research Interests

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

Doctoral Project

Frederik Schmitz's doctoral project "'Feel' the Party - Impacts of emotions on the Chinese Communist Party's legitimacy" examines the Chinese Communist Party's efforts to establish political legitimacy through the bodily experience of party history in "red" memorials, e.g. museums, cinemas and restaurants. In his argumentation, he aims to describe the incorporation of political legitimacy generated from ideological identity and individualised and performative experienced memory.

Research Projects


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


Media Contributions


Last updated: 23 January, 2024

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