• PL 24 (Unioninkatu 40)

    00014

    Finland

Accepting PhD Students

20102022
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Personal profile

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

20092012

Anthropology, MRes, University of Aberdeen

20082009

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

19931999

Keywords

  • 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.

Publications 2010 2022

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

Franz Boas and Russian Anthropology

Arzyutov, D. (ed.), Kan, S. A. (ed.) & Siragusa, L. (ed.), 2022, (In preparation) University of Nebraska Press. (Franz Boas Papers)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Introduction: Indigenous Conceptualizations of Sustainability

Virtanen, P. K., Siragusa, L. & Guttorm, H., 2021, (In preparation) In : Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Introduction. The Materiality of Indigenous Language: Co-Creating Landscapes

Siragusa, L. & Virtanen, P. K., 2021, (In preparation) In : Multilingua.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Nothing goes to waste: sustainable practices of re-use in the Russian North

Siragusa, L. & Arzyutov, D., 2021, (In preparation) In : Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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

‘Tea’ and ‘mayo’: vignettes from my field work in Northwest Russia

Laura Siragusa (Speaker)
26 Aug 201927 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The "Great White North?"

Josephine Hoegaerts (Scientific Committee Chair), Laura Siragusa (Scientific Committee Member), Tuire K Liimatainen (Member of organizing committee), Elizabeth Peterson (Scientific Committee Member), Peter Gustav Stadius (Scientific Committee Member), Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen (Scientific Committee Member)
27 Aug 201928 Aug 2019

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

Collaborative methods: searching Vepsian verbal charms

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

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Interview on book on CAMP Anthropology

Laura Siragusa

19/08/2019

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview for Alaskan radio station Nordic Native News

Laura Siragusa

03/02/2016

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview on my work on secrecy for Kodima

Laura Siragusa

01/01/2016

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Presentation of my PhD dissertation at Paginklub

Laura Siragusa

29/04/2013

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media