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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am interested in questions related to the revival of heritage languages, experiences of language, language ecology, verbal art and its relations to non-human animals and other beings, domestication, and health in Arctic an sub-Arctic regions.

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 relations between human and other-than-human beings as expressed in communicative practices. In particular, I am interested in how environments are co-constructed and construed through linguistic and paralinguistic practices.

At the moment (2020), I am working on the following projects:

1. Shared Breath to deepen our understanding of how experiences of language and the environment are intertwined. This work results in a joint paper for Current Anthropology (2020);

2. The materiality of Indigenous Languages. I am currently co-editing a special issue for Multilingua (2021);

3. Language responsibility in relation to a place. For this, I have co-edited a volume for Fennica Series Anthropologica (June 2020);

4. Indigenous conceptualization of sustainability. This work has fruitfully provided a special issue for COSUST (June 2020);

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

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, University of Aberdeen

20092012

Award Date: 1 May 2013

Anthropology, MRes, University of Aberdeen

20082009

Award Date: 31 Aug 2009

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

19931999

Award Date: 23 Nov 1999

Fields of Science

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

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.
  • ASA 2021

    Laura Siragusa (Member of organizing committee) & Jenanne Ferguson (Member of organizing committee)

    23 Aug 202127 Aug 2021

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

  • SIEF

    Laura Siragusa (Speaker: Presenter)

    21 Jun 202124 Jun 2021

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

  • ICAS 12

    Laura Siragusa (Speaker: Presenter)

    24 Aug 202127 Aug 2021

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

  • Karbi Seminar organized by Indigenous Karbi in Assam, India

    Laura Siragusa (Speaker: Presenter)

    25 Jan 2021

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

  • Workshop on teaching at University

    Laura Siragusa (Participant)

    23 Nov 202024 Nov 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

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