Susan Sontag in the destroyed national library of Sarajevo, 1993. (Photo: Annie Leibowitz)

Susan Sontag in Sarajevo

Susan Sontag in the destroyed national library of Sarajevo, 1993. (Photo: Annie Leibowitz)


Early Crisis Detection through Literary Analysis

The research team of Project Cassandra analyzes the literature of selected regions vulnerable to conflict. The aim is to identify and point out key issues and literary reception processes and thus to identify the potential for crises and violence as well as their likely dynamics at an early stage.

Domestic conflicts are complex phenomena. They involve crises of legitimization, identity, and values, and develop primarily along the lines of emotional dynamics. The project’s early case studies on the war in Kosovo (1998/99), Nigeria, and Algeria have shown that the monitoring and analysis of literature can be used as an early indicator of where and how perceptions and interpretations of reality change and where fictional texts influence the views of groups and societies – often years before these changes manifest themselves in the form of concrete action. The awareness of existing and emerging fictions and narratives enables a differentiated understanding of the roots of conflicts and their mental and emotional contexts. This allows for an early recognition of latent/protracted conflicts and violence-endorsing narratives. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg).

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Research regions 2018/2019, further analyses in progress.

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Goethe-Institut, Paris
'At first I thought, this is crazy' - The Guardian

26 June 2021

The Guardian's long read about "Project Cassandra". An extensive article by Philip Olterman. The article can be read on the newspaper's website.

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'Die Krisen-seismographin' - Die Zeit

06 January 2021

German Newspaper "Die Zeit" has a long article about "Project Cassandra". Subscribers can read the artcile on the newspaper's website.

> Read The Article (GERMAN)

MSC 2019
'Literature as Military Advisor' - Weekendavisen

23 April 2021

The Danish Newspaper "Weekenavisen" has publshed an article about "Project Cassandra". Subscribers can read the Artcile on the newspaper's website.

> Read the Artcile (DANISH)


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(Study Project Cassandra – Early Crisis Detection through Literary Analysis)
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