22 November 2017, Manchester #discourseactivism For some, academia is a pathway to develop personal and cumulative knowledge, engaging in mentally stimulating work. But for others, academic research (and teaching!) is an inseparable component from their personal moral and ethical paradigms. The location of this conference makes the discussions and our subject matter tangible and urgent.… Continue reading Academia and Activism: Direct Action through Discourse Analysis
Undertaking a degree of any level is as much about the knowledge and self-development as it is stretching your limits, going beyond your comfort zone, and questioning. Questioning everything you knew and thought about yourself, your knowledge about the world and the way you position yourself, and the way you are positioned in it. My… Continue reading Dear Goldsmiths,
12 April 2017 The Environmental Humanities in Bath Spa University, a vibrant and passionate department led by Professor Kate Rigby, organised a fascinating opportunity to listen to Dr Arran Stibbe, founder of the International Ecolinguistics Association giving a lecture on his new free online course in Ecolinguistics: The Stories We Live By, also the title… Continue reading Specialinguini reporting: The Stories We Live By – A Lecture by Dr Arran Stibbe
In Metro, 14 February, 2017 Animals are the hidden victims of war and violence, a fact often conveniently overlooked. Throughout the history of human conflict, animals have been used as military tools for war. As far back as 3 B.C., Hannibal famously used elephants to help him in his campaigns. Since then there has been… Continue reading I spy…A dog’s life
In Selvedge, Issue 74, Bias What do these photos have in common? The founder of Selvedge, Polly Leonard, does not see sentient beings, but rather “performance fibres”: Alpaca, Vicuna, Cashmere, and Goose Down. She goes on to classify: “[Alpaca, Vicuna, Cashmere, and Goose Down] are associated with luxury and indulgence. I would, however, argue that they… Continue reading I spy…The fibres of slavery
Gilmore Girls is coming back this weekend and I cannot wait! In my never ceasing effort to demonstrate how linguistics is a part of everyday life, our reality shaping and being shaped by discourse, I found a paper just for you – the die-hard GG fan! But, like everything in life, even GG is not perfect.… Continue reading Lorelai Gilmore: ‘Well, not so nice for the lamb’. Identity of food: Part 1
In Microbiology Today 43:4 November 2016 This diarrhoea-causing virus occurs between ruminant animal hosts like sheep and cows via biting midges: Without these midges, BTV can’t spread from animal to animal. Apparently, there is a new strand that may be transmitted via direct contact. (And clearly, in factory farming, there’s lots of that). Clinical… Continue reading I spy… A spotlight on Bluetongue virus?