Christian Shank

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Shank (second row, second from left) on February 5, 2020 during the election of the Prime Minister in the Thuringian state parliament .

Christian Schaft (born April 7, 1991 in Bad Salzungen ) is a German politician ( Die Linke ) and has been a member of the Thuringian state parliament since 2014 .


Christian Schaft first attended grammar school in Bad Liebenstein until 2007 and then in Bad Salzungen, where he passed the Abitur examination in 2009. He completed a degree in communication and political science at the University of Erfurt , which he completed in 2012 with a bachelor's degree. He also successfully completed his master's degree in communication sciences in September 2014 at the University of Erfurt as a Master of Arts. The topic of Schaft's master's thesis was: The political (powerless) power of protest movements in the neoliberal system: A critical discourse analysis of the German educational protests in 2009/10 .


Shaft has been a member of the Left Party since 2007. From 2010 to 2014 he held a mandate on the Barchfeld-Immelborn municipal council . In the state elections in Thuringia in 2014 , he entered the state parliament via his party's state list. In the parliamentary group, Schaft is the spokesperson for science and university policy. He has been a member of DIE LINKE's federal executive committee since 2016. In October 2019 he was re-elected to the Thuringian state parliament via the state list. He also ran for this election as a direct candidate in the constituency of Ilm-Kreis-Süd. Since February 2020, Schaft has been running his open youth and constituency office ZinXX in Ilmenau, which was named after the anti-fascist resistance fighter Karl Zink.


Christian Schaft was the spokesman for the Thuringian student bodies conference . He is a member of the board of directors of the Thuringia Refugee Council and a member of the board of trustees of the Thuringia Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research (STIFT). He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Erfurt School of Education (ESE).


  • Gohlke, Nicole & Schaft, Christian (2016). Völkisch, reactionary and elitist: A look at the AfD's university and science program , in: BdWi Forum Wissenschaft (ed.): Sieg der Unvernunft? Analysis and criticism of the "Excellence Strategy", issue 3/2016.
  • Miriam Aced, Tamer Düzyol, Arif Rüzgar & Christian Schaft (eds.) (2014). Migration, Asylum and (Post-) Migrant Living Worlds in Germany: Inventory and Perspectives of Migration Policy Practices , LIT Verlag: Berlin. 
  • Benjamin-Immanuel Hoff & Christian Schaft (2014). Campus Thuringia - perspective through cooperation , on behalf of the parliamentary group DIE LINKE. in the Thuringian state parliament (
  • Christian Schaft (2014). Political struggles of the Communist Party of Germany in Erfurt 1929 to 1933 , in: Stadt und Geschichte - Zeitschrift für Erfurt, Vol. 14, No. 1.
  • Steffen Dittes , Katharina König, Martina Renner, Christian Schaft, Steffen Trostorff & Paul Wellsow (2013). What was the NSU? Theses on right-wing terror and the system-related “failure” of the authorities, in: Bodo Ramelow (ed.) Shredding, informers, state failure : How right-wing terror, official camaraderie and middle-class racism come together , VSA Verlag: Hamburg.
  • Christian Schaft (2013). When people become kebabs: How stereotypes are anchored in journalistic reporting, in: Bodo Ramelow (ed.) Shredding, informers, state failure: How right-wing terror, official camaraderie and middle-class racism come together , VSA Verlag: Hamburg.
  • Elisabeth Addicks, Alina Beck, Anja Reith, Alina Sauer, Christian Schaft & Christiane Scharf (2012). Stereotypical reporting on ethnic groups in German daily newspapers , FES Thuringia: Erfurt.

Individual evidence

  1. constituency office. Retrieved April 27, 2020 .
  2. ^ University of Erfurt: KTS elects Christian Schaft as the new speaker. University of Erfurt, August 13, 2012, accessed on January 15, 2019 .
  3. ^ Refugee Council Thuringia e. V .: About us. April 24, 2015, accessed January 15, 2019 .

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