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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.

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, University of Aberdeen


Anthropology, MRes, University of Aberdeen


Foreign Languages and Literatures, 'Laurea' (BA, MA equivalent), Univ Pisa, University of Pisa



  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Indigenous studies
  • 5143 Social anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Medical anthropology
  • 6121 Languages
  • Vepsian
  • Russian

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Selected Publications 2010 2021

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)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Selected Projects 2012 2021

Activities 2009 2019

Assistant to help with Symposium on Year of Indigenous Languages

Laura Siragusa (Participant)
May 2019Nov 2019

Activity: Other activity typesPrizes and awards - Prizes and awards

EASA 2018

Laura Siragusa (Chair), Jenanne Ferguson (Chair)
14 Aug 201817 Aug 2018

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

BAGS (Baltic Anthropology Graduate School)

Laura Siragusa (Supervisor)
22 May 201823 May 2018

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Paper: The Future is not (only) in humans' hands!

Laura Siragusa (Speaker)
12 Feb 201813 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Promoting Heritage Language in Northwest Russia: from fieldwork to a book

Laura Siragusa (Speaker)
18 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Interview for Alaskan radio station Nordic Native News

Laura Siragusa


1 item of media coverage

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Interview on my work on secrecy for Kodima

Laura Siragusa


1 item of media coverage

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Presentation of my PhD dissertation at Paginklub

Laura Siragusa


1 item of media coverage

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