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Hanna Szabó, M.A.

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Researcher in the project "G-Versity - Achieving Gender Diversity".


2016 – 2018 Communication and Media M.A., Corvinus University Budapest

Summa Cum Laude, recipient of the Pro-facultate Junior Award for outstanding academic results and extracurricular activities.

Master thesis: The unspoken rules of Instagram: how teenage girls perform their gender on social media. Supervisor: Dr. Levente Székely.


2012 – 2016 Liberal Arts and Sciences B.A. with focus Performance & Media Studies and Political Science, University College Utrecht, Utrecht University

Cum Laude, recipient of full scholarship for obtaining bachelor diploma.

Bachelor thesis: The emergence of community-based art projects in post socialist Hungary, an interdisciplinary approach. Supervisor: Dr. Sigrid Merx.

WiSe 2022/23: (28633) Digital Youth Cultures

Digital media are an essential part of the lives of teenagers, as they are crucial elements of the social environment in which children grow up. Undoubtedly, adolescents play a key role in the popularity of various digital media sources and have a great influence on media trends, topics, and forms of expression. The complexity of the development and socialization of adolescents can be better understood when it comes to the influence of digital media, such as television and film, social networks, gaming, and music. In this bachelor course, we will approach "youth" by exploring both how it relates to age and child development, but also how this implicitly evokes specific qualities in terms of gender, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, and ability. We will look at "digital media" through the various types of content and technologies available, and critically examine who produces and consumes such media. We will ask questions about what media young people engage with and why, what media content they produce, how media impacts them, and what responsibility content creators and tech companies have in this regard. The course will focus on helping students develop a better understanding of how youth and other identities, such as gender or sexuality are socially and culturally constructed, and asses the ways in which they are performed in a variety of youth cultures and subcultures. Each week the students will engage with different media content and related digital platforms, and learn to critically examine how we can situate the concept of intersectionality in these. This in turn will allow them to have a deep understanding of the roles that youth play politically, economically, and culturally.

Since April 2021 researcher in the project "G-Versity - Achieving Gender Diversity" Project 3: Acting out gender identity — Self-portrayal in digital media, Freie Universität Berlin


Primig, F., Szabó, H. D. & Lacasa, P. (2023). Remixing war: An analysis of the reimagination of the Russian–Ukraine war on TikTok. Frontiers in Political Science, 5. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpos.2023.1085149 


Szabó, H. D. (2022, 26 May). Negotiating gender and sexuality on Hungarian social media: The case of ‘Fairyland Is For Everyone’ [Conference presentation]72nd Annual International Communication Association PreconferenceParis, France.