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 the 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. Her research interests center on “the dynamics of contemporary Chinese societies”. 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.
ORCID: 0000-0002-0075-2187


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


Book Chapters/Articles/Other

In Print (2023):
“Hybridity, Mimicry and Ambivalence in Multiethnic Societies. Jiang Rong´s Novel Wolf Totem”, in: Knüppel, Michael (Hrsg.): Festschrift for Klaus Röhrborn. Journal of Turkish Studies, Harvard: Harvard University Press.

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.

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