Photo credit: Südosteuropa Gesellschaft e.V.
For her master thesis with the title “Gender and Visual Securitization of Migrants along the Balkan Route”, Melanie Jaindl received the award for the best master thesis in Southeast European Studies from the Südosteuropa Gesellschaft e.V. The award ceremony took place in the framework of the International Academic Week at the Akademie für Politische Bildung in Tutzing, Germany.
Melanie finished her Joint Master’s Degree in Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz and University of Belgrade in March 2023. Her thesis investigates the visual portrayal of refugees and other migrants in Hungarian and Serbian online news media and conceptualizes how collective memory and the representation of intersectional identity markers (gender, race, age, etc.) led to securitization of people travelling the so-called Balkan Route in 2015.