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Dr. Anuschka van ´t Hooft
Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Language, Sustainability and Transnationalism
Anuschka van ´t Hooft is a professor of Anthropology at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Her research focuses on Indigenous languages and cultures, in particular, oral traditions, community-based language documentation and revitalization. She is also interested in the intersections between language, culture and the environment. All her projects have a strong interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach.
Since 1993, she has done comparative research looking at Tének and Nahua oral traditions from the Huasteca area in Mexico. More recently she has turned towards language documentation and revitalization. This work includes online self-documentation and digital activism to make Indigenous languages visible on the internet, and is carried out by young Tének speakers, who produce, annotate and discuss materials (written texts, audios and videos) in their language.
Anuschka is currently collaborating on research with colleagues from UBC translating stories into several Mexican Indigenous languages to promote children´s engagement in literacy experiences in their mother tongue: https://global-asp.github.io/storybooks-mexico/.
Research interests: Indigenous languages and cultures, community-based language documentation and revitalization, indigenous languages digital activism, indigenous literacies, oral traditions, and intercultural literature.