Marina Mikhaylova-Kadriu entered the MA program in Anthropology in fall 2017. Before coming to Canada, she studied the languages and literatures of Balkan societies in Bulgaria, her home country, and spent time in Romania, Albania, Kosovo and Greece. For her MA thesis she plans to conduct research on the conspicuous expenditure which accompanies weddings in Kosovo and Albania. She would also like to explore Albanians’ image of the bride, her role, position in society and appearance. She would like to find out more about linguistic expressions of social status, ways of creating an image of self in social media, memories, socialism and postsocialist reality and nationalism, and apply her knowledge to present-day Southeastern Europe. Senior Supervisor: Sonja Luehrmann.