Emma Franklin

Emma Franklin

Activist & PhD researcher in Linguistics

Emma is a PhD researcher in Linguistics at Lancaster University. Her focus is on how we talk about killing, and how this differs when talking about humans or other animals. She gives workshops on how language about other animals can itself reinforce speciesism, and what we can do to change that in the name of Animal Liberation. She has been an organiser for Food Not Bombs, a volunteer at West Midlands Vegan Festival, and a researcher at Opera North in language and communications. She has organised and/or taken part in a range of language-as-activism events, including Language Awareness, Earth First! Summer Gatherings, and Direct Action Through Discourse Analysis.

Saturday
3:00

Ending Our Speciesism (BSL Interpretation available)

We are speciesist as a society; and we are speciesist as vegans. We all harm animals; we all invade their spaces and land; we all bystand the harm others do to them; we all prefer some species over others; and we are all ignorant and deny much of what happens to animals. To be effective advocates to end society’s crimes against animals we need to tackle our own, everyday speciesism. This workshop will look at what we can do in our everyday lives as vegans and advocates in our cause with the animals to bring about animal liberation.

Movement Building full timetable

Sunday
11:00

Talking About Animals

Language shapes the way we think, so the way we talk about other animals is crucial to a successful movement. This workshop will teach you how to spot the language that can either help or undermine Animal Justice, and how to engage with this positively and unapologetically. It will also look at the language used in campaigns and how this can be chosen effectively by campaigners. This workshop is for everyone: from individuals to organisations; professional communicators to seasoned activists.

Movement Building full timetable