Exploring the “Fukushima Effect”: Attitudes and opinions towards nuclear power and renewable energy and the emergence of a transnational algorithmic public sphere

FAU own research funding: EFI / ETI / ...

Project Details

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Stefan Evert

Project members:
Prof. Dr. Stefan Evert
Prof. Dr. Fabian Schäfer
Prof. Dr. Marc Stamminger
Prof. Dr. Christina Holtz-Bacha
Dr. Roberto Grosso
Dr. Reimar Zeh
Philipp Heinrich
Olena Kalashnikova
Christoph Adrian
Jonas Müller

Contributing FAU Organisations:
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 9 (Graphische Datenverarbeitung)
Lehrstuhl für Japanologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Japan der Moderne und Gegenwart
Lehrstuhl für Kommunikationswissenschaft
Lehrstuhl für Korpus- und Computerlinguistik

Acronym: EFE
Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2018
Extension Date: 31/12/2019

Research Fields

Collocations, multiword expressions and corpus-based discourse analysis
Lehrstuhl für Korpus- und Computerlinguistik
Visual Computing for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 9 (Graphische Datenverarbeitung)
Rendering and Visualization
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 9 (Graphische Datenverarbeitung)
Digitaliziation and the Transnational Public Sphere
Lehrstuhl für Japanologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Japan der Moderne und Gegenwart

Abstract (technical / expert description):

The digitalisation of society and media systems has had a major impact on (political) discourses and the formation of public opinion. The purpose of this project is to investigate the transnational algorithmic public sphere, a complex phenomenon that has arisen in an era of globalised mass media and social media connectivity across national borders. An interdisciplinary combination of computational linguistics, network visualisation, intercultural hermeneutics and communication science enables us to analyse and map the processes underlying this phenomenon. The project addresses the current political discussion on nuclear power and renewable energy in Germany and Japan following the Fukushima accident.


Heinrich, P., Adrian, C., Kalashnikova, O., Schäfer, F., & Evert, S. (2018). A Transnational Analysis of News and Tweets about Nuclear Phase-Out in the Aftermath of the Fukushima Incident. In Andreas Witt, Jana Diesner, Georg Rehm (Eds.), Proceedings of the LREC 2018 “Workshop on Computational Impact Detection from Text Data” (pp. 8 - 16). Miyazaki, JP: Paris: ELRA.
Heinrich, P., & Schäfer, F. (2018). Extending Corpus-Based Discourse Analysis for Exploring Japanese Social Media. In Yukio Tono & Hitoshi Isahara (Eds.), Proceedings of 4th Asia Pacific Corpus Linguistics Conference (APCLC2018) (pp. 135 - 140). Takamatsu, JP.
Schäfer, F., Evert, S., & Heinrich, P. (2017). Japan's 2014 General Election: Political Bots, Right-Wing Internet Activism and PM Abe Shinzō’s Hidden Nationalist Agenda. Big Data, 5(4), 1 - 16.
Schäfer, F. (2017). Medium als Vermittlung - Medien und Medientheorie in Japan. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien.
Schäfer, F. (2016). Contentious Politics and the Emergence of a Connected and Transnational ‘Public Sphere’: ‘Connective Sociality’ and ‘Latent Public Opinion’ in Post-Democratic and Post-3/11 Japan. In University of Tokyo (Eds.), Universal Values in a Post-secular Era. (pp. 35-70). Tokyo: Sobunsha.

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