Laura Siragusa

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Description of research and teaching

My research interests comprise questions related to the revival of heritage languages, language ecology, verbal art and its relations to non-human animals and other beings, domestication, and health.

Since 2008 I have been working with Veps, a Finno-Ugric minority, in northwestern Russia. While my initial interest regarded the promotion of Vepsian heritage language, I later augmented my focus to verbal art and healing practices and human-animals relations as expressed in language.

In 2015 I also began working with Saami in the Kola peninsula, Russia. Here I investigate domestication, reindeer herding practices, and health. 

At the moment (2018), I am working on three main projects:

1. Links between (indigenous) ways of speaking and environmental change

2. Language responsibility

3. Indigenous conceptualization of sustainability

In 2018, my colleague Dr. Ferguson (Univ. Nevada, Reno) and I established an EASA network on Linguistic Anthropology (ELAN) to further develop this discipline within the European context.

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Curriculum Vitae

Highlighted publications

  1. Promoting Heritage Language in Northwest Russia

    Siragusa, L., 23 Oct 2017, New York and London: Routledge. 246 p. (Routledge Studies in Linguisitc Anthropology; vol. 1)

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Latest activities

  1. Shared Breath: Human and Non-Human Co-presence through Ritualized Words and Beyond

    Laura Siragusa (Speaker)
    20 Nov 201924 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  2. Collaborative methods: searching Vepsian verbal charms

    Laura Siragusa (Speaker), Olga Zhukova (Speaker)
    24 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  3. Árran - Ecology of Indigenous Languages

    Laura Siragusa (Scientific Committee Member), Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen (Member of organizing committee), Rani-Henrik Andersson (Scientific Committee Member), Irja Anneli Seurujärvi-Kari (Scientific Committee Member), Olesya Khanina (Scientific Committee Member)
    19 Sep 201920 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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Latest prizes

  1. Future Development Fund

    Laura Siragusa (Recipient), 15 Dec 2017

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Mobility Allowance 2018

    Laura Siragusa (Recipient), 30 Nov 2017

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Highlighted projects

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