Prospective Thesis Topic: Social media and communal violence in South Asia

How does online speech lead to offline harm? This is the central question of the ODAS project. To answer it, we rely on several methods, ranging from surveys with social media users to automated analysis of social media posts, and event analysis of communal clashes. Along the way, lots of theoretical and methodological questions have to be solved, regarding natural language processing, network analysis,  geographic analysis of conflict events, and analysis  of social contexts.   

We are interested in MA theses that connect to this overall research agenda. Ideally, applicants would propose a standalone MA project that either speaks to a sub-problem in social media analysis or the overall research question using openly available data.

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