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Laura Siragusa


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    Research Interests:

    Linguistic Anthropology, Verbal and non-verbal communication practices, Human-animal relations, verbal healing practices, power and language

    Research Overview:

    During my doctoral studies, I was able to demonstrate not only the benefits but also the tensions of specific language ideologies which consider literacy a step further in the hierarchy of a language.  My dissertation, entitled “Vepsian Language: Speaking and Writing Heritage Language in Villages and Cities,” was written under the supervision of Dr.  Alexander King and Prof.  Barbara Fennell.  And in December 2012 my work was examined by Prof.  Jan Blommaert and Dr.  Tanya Argounova-Low.  

    Since 2013 I have been employed as an ERMOS Research Fellow in Social Anthropology at the Institute of Culture Studies and Arts of the University of Tartu (Estonia). The title of my project was, Language, traditional knowledge and health in Vepsian villages, Russia.  Here I have been able to continue working on Vepsian matters, focusing my attention on the use of Vepsian communicative oral practices for healing purposes. I worked under the supervision of Prof. Kristin Kuutma.

    Since January 2015 I have been a team member of the Arctic Domus project, led by Prof. David Anderson, at the University of Aberdeen. I am working with two Finno-Ugric groups - Veps and Sámi in Russia - to problematize linguistic interaction and communicative activities between humans and animals living in and around traditional rural settlements. Specifically, I am problematizing the linguistic nature of how they talk about, engage and negotiate with the animals and spirits. My focus is not representational but relational as
    I approach language as a holistic, relational, and located phenomenon.

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    Research Output 2010 2017

    Introduction: Language Sustainability in the Circumpolar North

    Ferguson, J. & Siragusa, L., Apr 2017, In : Anthropologica. 59, 1, p. 1-5 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

    Open Access

    Introduction: Viabilité de la langue et le Nord circumpolaire

    Siragusa, L. & Ferguson, J., Apr 2017, In : Anthropologica. 59, 1, p. 6-11 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

    Open Access

    Promoting Heritage Language in Northwest Russia

    Siragusa, L., Oct 2017, Routledge. 264 p. (Routledge Studies in Linguistic Anthropology)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    language policy
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    Reflecting “field”: two Vepsian villages and three researchers

    Siragusa, L. & Arukask, M., 1 Mar 2017, In : Sibirica : Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies. 16, 1, p. 75-105 31 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Responsibility in narratives, morphology, and ‘blowing words’

    Siragusa, L., 8 Jun 2017.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper