Laura Siragusa


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.


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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