Academia and the moral duty of activism: Some causes are more equal than others

I wrote this essay for the Grantham Centre for Sustainable futures and it was originally published here. This year the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Future is funding my activism initiative to organise a delegation of Grantham Scholars and local Sheffield Animal Rights activists to join the annual animal rights march in London. In preparation for… Continue reading Academia and the moral duty of activism: Some causes are more equal than others

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism #VegAPPG: Is it time for a legal definition of veganism?

18 July 2018 Yesterday I had the excellent opportunity to attend my first APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) meeting at the Houses of Parliament. I’m embarrassed to disclose that I’ve never been to the Houses of Parliament. Of course, working and studying in London for four years made sure I walked past the impressive Georgian building… Continue reading All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism #VegAPPG: Is it time for a legal definition of veganism?

7th Conference on Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (CADAAD) 2018 – Day 2

5 July 2018 I woke up to a cloudy day 2 of the conference here in Aalborg, which meant I would experience less of the FOMOS effect, fear of missing out of sunshine. Although Arran Stibbe, who presents later today would argue that we should see all types of weather positively. This day is a… Continue reading 7th Conference on Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (CADAAD) 2018 – Day 2

Some thoughts on cat cafes

(all photos in this post are courtesy of other people’s cats I’ve befriended on the street, and the lovely cats at the wonderful Sheffield Cat Shelter, where I am lucky to be a volunteer)  While this is not a linguistic post as such, it does address the issue of pets and animal rights, which I… Continue reading Some thoughts on cat cafes

The Esther Effect: Interactive Frames in the Case of Grassroots Animal Rights Activism

1 June 2017 I had the greatest opportunity to present a recent small-scale project at the 4th International Postgraduate Conference on Modern Languages, Linguistics and Literature at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.  You can read my presentation slides: The Esther Effect- Conference ppt, read the full paper, or watch the presentation video here. “ There… Continue reading The Esther Effect: Interactive Frames in the Case of Grassroots Animal Rights Activism

I spy…Poopy food?

From New Scientist 19th November 2016: California biotech company Calysta has announced the first ever large-scale factory that uses microbes to turn natural gas – methane- into high-protein animal feed. Here’s who’s behind this: The factory, which will be built in the US in collaboration with food giant Cargill… Twisting the truth in 3, 2,… Continue reading I spy…Poopy food?

Ecolinguistics and Esther T.W. Pig?

I adore pigs! look at Esther – she’s so cute! Look at her little front teethies! She’s pigtastic! (as her dads would say.) *Squeee* If this is the first time you’re hearing about Esther T.W. Pig, I suggest you drop everything you’re doing, including reading this blog, and head on over to her facebook. What… Continue reading Ecolinguistics and Esther T.W. Pig?