Government Office for Slovenians Living Abroad gave out prizes for the best graduate, masters and doctoral theses on topics about “Slovenians living abroad” and “Slovenians living in exile”
The Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts hosted today, 22 May 2012 the event on which the winners of the “Tenth prize competition for graduate, masters and doctoral theses on topics about “Slovenians living abroad” and “Slovenians living in exile” given out by Government Office for Slovenians Living Abroad were announced. The awards were given to the winners by Ljudmila Novak, the minister for Slovenians abroad. The ceremony was also attended by the President of the National Assembly Commission for Relations with Slovenes Abroad Franc Pukšič and Dr. Sarah Žitnik, the Vice President of the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU).
Minister Ljudmila Novak congratulated the winners and addressed to them to continue in their academic life to build public awareness about the life of Slovenians living abroad. She also stressed that such work is very important in keeping ties between the Slovenians all over the world and the country of Slovenia. The large number of tenders that came in for the competition are a clear sign that interest in such topic increased also among young people, which is great.
After the official introduction the awards ceremony followed. First prize in the category Slovenians living abroad was given to Devan Jagodic for his doctoral thesis entitled "Cross-border residential mobility in the context of the European Union: the case of the Slovenian-Italian border (Mobilitá residenziale Transfrontalier nel contesto dell` Unione Europea: il confine Caso of Italo-Inglese)". As for the second best in the same category Milan Obida was chosen for his work "Ethnizität Minderheitendiskurs am Beispiel und der österreichischen Solidaritätsbewegung mit den Kartner Slowenen den Jahren 1970er - Ethnicity and minority discourse in the case of a solidarity movement Austrian Carinthian Slovenes in the 70s last century” and third prize went to Nikoletti Vajda Nagy fot her thesis "Acceptance of the Slovenian minority in the Raba region". A special prize for doctoral dissertation was given to Barbara Riman for her work "Slovenians in Gorski Kotar, Istria and Dalmatia from 1919 until 1991", and recommendation for the publication was given to Mirjam Danilović for her thesis entitled "The Language College students' ability for economic professions in Carinthia".
First prize in the category Slovenians living in exile was not given out. The second prize was given to Miha Zobec for his thesis entitled "Being Argentine and live at home", the third prize was then given to Mateja Juričan for her work "Images of German concentration camps in selected parts of the Slovenian and world literature," and to Sanja Orlač for her work "U- foreigner topos of difference.”