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Propaganda, Mobilisation and Violent Radicalisation in the ‚Virtual‘ and the ‚Real‘ World

Social media plays an increasingly important role as an arena of social and political conflict. Extremists take part in these confrontations and use social media as a platform for propaganda and for inciting violence. This development becomes evident especially in the debate about flight and refuge.
The project, financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, focuses on two research objectives. First, the project aims to understand which ideologemes, meanings and symbolisms stem from discourses in the internet - in the virtual spheres and social media in particular. Second, this project seeks answer to the question which mobilization and radicalization effects these discourses, along with discourses of the real world, produce.
This project examines the cases of the extreme right-wing and the salafist-jihadist milieu to analyze how online and “offline” propaganda affects violence asserted in the real world and which counter-narratives can be developed.
Within the PANDORA project the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy focuses on the comparison of extreme right-wing with the salafist/jihadist mobilization to violence in the virtual and real world. We also examine opportunities of de-radicalization and the implementation thereof in the field.
This project is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the call “Civil Security  - Aspects and Measures of Counterterrorism.”

Duration: March 2017 – February 2020

Project partners:
•    Phillips-Universität Marburg
•    Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Member of the Leibniz Association
•    Technische Universität Berlin
•    Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
•    Munich Innovation Labs UG

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