Laura R. Graham

Laura Graham
PhD, University of Texas-Austin, 1990
223 Macbride Hall; Lab: 17A Macbride Hall
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cultural politics and representation; language, expressive culture and performance; semiotics; indigenous media; indigenous peoples; human rights; advocacy; South America, Amazonia, Brazil, Venezuela

Laura R. Graham's current research focuses on politics of indigenous representation to broad publics among indigenous peoples of lowland South America, specifically Xavante of central Brazil and Wayuu of Venezuela and Colombia. She is interested in language use in national and international arena and notions of cultural consciousness, cultural and intellectual property, and representations of indigeneity in politics and advocacy, indigenous media and human rights. Her work promotes engaged ethnography and participant advocacy. She is author of the award-winning book, Performing Dreams: Discourses of Immortality Among the Xavante Indians of Central Brazil (University of Texas Press, 1995), which is also available in Portuguese, and has published many articles on Xavante and Wayuu. Her work on Xavante oral culture has been featured on the NPR Program, Pulse of the Planet. Graham’s latest book (with H. Glenn Penny), Performing Indigeneity:Global Histories and Contemporary Experiences, came out in 2014 with University of Nebraska Press.

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Language, Culture and Communication
Linguistic Anthropology
Language & Gender
Multimedia Ethnography