Meet Our Researchers: Dr. Merle Schatz

Meet Our Researchers: Dr. Merle Schatz

Dr. Merle Schatz (Dr. phil. in Language and Cultural Studies of Central Asia: Mongolian Studies; M.A. in Chinese Studies, Mongolian Studies, and Japanese Studies; Ph.D. candidate at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology) joined CeMEAS in July 2023.

She joined the Göttingen State and University Library in 2020, following her time as an assistant professor at Leipzig University in the Department of Chinese Studies.  After having focused on sociolinguistics, integration, and conflict in Inner Mongolia she has become fascinated with the concepts of established and outsider figurations (Elias) and cultural neighborhoods for her research.

Further fields of interest: research infrastructures, open science, sustainability, and Anthropocene.


100 Karten über China. (With Thorben Pelzer), KATAPULT Verlag, Greifswald.

Flying Deer and Sun Gods. Prehistoric Societies in Central Asian Rock Art. (with Johannes Reckel). Nünnerich-Asmus Verlag, Bildband. März

Einstieg in die Chinastudien. Methoden, Modelle, Übungsaufgaben. (With Thorben Pelzer). Oldenbourg: De Gruyter Studium.

Sprache und Identität der Mongolen Chinas heute. Köln: Köppe 2014.

Ögedei mergen qaγan-u üliger (Der weise Qan Ögedei): Transkription, Glossar, Index, Zusammenfassung. Köln: Köppe.


Edited Volumes

Multiethnic Societies of Central Asia and Siberia Represented in Indigenous Oral and Written Literature – The Role of Private Collections, Archives and Libraries. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag. DOI: 10.17875/gup2022-2038

Ancient Texts and Languages of Ethnic Groups Along the Silkroad, (With Johannes Reckel). Göttingen: Universitätsverlag. DOI: 10.17875/gup2021-1589

Oirat and Kalmyk Identity in the 20th and 21st Century. (With Johannes Reckel). Göttingen: Universitätsverlag. DOI: 10.17875/gup2020-1334

Korean Diaspora: Central Asia, Siberia and Beyond. (With Johannes Reckel). Göttingen: Universitätsverlag. DOI: 10.17875/gup2020-1307

Contact Zones in China. Multidisciplinary Perspectives. (With Laura De Giorgi and Peter Ludes). Oldenbourg: De Gruyter, 2020. DOI: org/10.1515/9783110663426




Merle Schatz. (2023). Hybridity, Mimikry and Ambivalence in Multiethnic Societies. Jiang Rong´s Novel Wolf Totem.” In: Uigurica, Buddhica, Manichaica, Mongolica et Varia Turchia. In Honor of Klaus Röhrborn for his 85th Birthday. Essays Presented by Colleagues, Friends and Students, edited by Cemal Kafadar, Gönül Tekin, 327-339. Journal of Turkish Studies: Harvard University, 2023.

Merle Schatz, & Birgit Schmidt. (2023). ENLIGHT RISE – Deliverable 3.2 – Case studies on connecting with European infrastructures for R&I. Zenodo.

Liisi Lembinen, Birgit Schmidt, Inge van Nieuwerburgh, Merle Schatz, & Vera E. Heininga. (2023). ENLIGHT RISE – Deliverable 7.3 – ENLIGHT OS, OA & RDM Starter Kit for Researchers. Zenodo.

Andersson, Margaretha, Lembinen, Liisi, Schmidt, Birgit, & Schatz, Merle. (2022). ENLIGHT RISE Deliverable 3.1 – Mapping of Digital Research Infrastructural Resources. Zenodo.

Schmidt, Birgit, Andersson, Margaretha, Jones, Sarah, Chambers, Sally, Nysted, Björn, Stein, Regine, van Nieuwerburgh, Inge, & Schatz, Merle. (2022, June 7). ENLIGHT RISE Workshop on Digital Research Infrastructures – Presentations and report. Zenodo.

Schmidt, Birgit, Rettberg, Najla, Schatz, Merle, van Ittersum-Leegte, Marjan, Schwamm, Hardy, van Nieuwerburgh, Inge, Lembinen, Liisi, Laučíková, Rebeka, Bennett, Claire, Lagvik, Christer, Sagaminaga, Amaya, & Piñeiro Fernández, Marian. (2022). D7.1 ENLIGHT Open Science StatusQuo & Opportunities (v0.3). Zenodo.

“Thoughts on Describing Established and Outsider Configurations in Inner Mongolia”, in: Delmotte, Florence (Ed.) Norbert Elias in troubled times. Palgrave Macmillan. 

“A German Missionary in China”. In: Schatz/ De Giorgi/ Ludes (Eds.): “Contact Zones in China. Multidisciplinary Perspectives”.  Oldenbourg: De Gruyter. 12–24.

“Introduction”. In: Schatz/ De Giorgi/ Ludes (Eds.): “Contact Zones in China. Multidisciplinary Perspectives”.  Oldenbourg: De Gruyter, 2020. 1–11.

“Conclusion”. In: Schatz/ De Giorgi/ Ludes (Eds.): “Contact Zones in China. Multidisciplinary Perspectives”.  Oldenbourg: De Gruyter, 2020. 174–178.

Schatz, Merle: “¡NOSOTROS NO COMEMOS SUS COSAS!” Comida blanca e identidad en Mongolia Interior. In: Soledad Jiménez Tovar (rd.): ISTOR 78: China La gran incógnita. Revista de Historia Internacional. 2019, 57–64.

“We do not eat their stuff! White Food and Identity in Inner Mongolia”. In: Aida Alymbaeva (Ed.): Food and Identity in Central Asia. CASCA. Center for Anthropological Studies on Central Asia. Vol. 2. Halle and Zurich. 2016/2017. 14–20.

„China-Kolloquium zur Kulinaristik”. In: Kulinaristik. Wissenschaft-Kultur-Praxis (5) 2013/ 2014. S. 51.

„Zuckermalerei in China“. In: Kulinaristik. Wissenschaft-Kultur-Praxis (5) 2013/2014. S. 24–27.

„Raum: Kulturanthropologie“. In: Kramer, Stefan (Hrsg.): Sinologie und Chinastudien. Tübingen: Narr 2013. S.104–119.

“The creation of Sinism: Mongolian-Chinese language contact in Inner Mongolia.” In: Otsuka, Hitomi; Stroh, Cornelia; Urdze, Aina (Eds.): More Morphologies. Contributions to the Festival of Languages pp. 89-99. (Vol. 35). The Festival of Languages 2009, Bremen. Bochum: Brockmeyer.

„Wilhelm Schott“. In: Lexicon Grammaticorum. A Bio-bibliographical Companion to the History of Linguistics. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2009. S. 1357-1358.

“Sprachkontakterscheinungen in der Inneren Mongolei”. Working Paper 112. Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung. Abteilung ‚Integration und Konflikt’. PDF Download



Winter Semester 24/25:

  • Women in China (Masterseminar, Department of East Asian Studies, Göttingen)

Summer Semester 24:

  • China in the Anthropocene (International Summer School, Renmin University, Beijing)

Winter Semester  23/24:

  • Fachsprachenlektüre Forschungsstand: “Social Science”: “State of the Art: Chinese Technical and Primary Sources (Social Science)” (Masterseminar, Department of East Asian Studies, Göttingen)
  • China in the Anthropocene (Masterseminar, Department of East Asian Studies, Göttingen)

Summer Semester 23:

  • Seminar: Mythos der Mixe: Herausforderungen ethnischer Diversität in China