"Be excellent to each other"— Bill, 1986
I am in the process of completing (one day) a PhD in sociology. I live and love in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, and I enjoy reading, listening to music, and traveling. Real life takes all the energy I have at times, and it's a challenge to keep everything balanced, but there are things I care about deeply — human rights, gender equality, and humanity's innately good nature — that keep me working. This encyclopedia is one of my outlets, and I like to think that I've had a positive impact.
About my editing
My academic career has focused almost entirely on sociological theory, but I often use Wikipedia as an outlet for my other interests like music, literature, human rights, history, and East Asia. I do not reference any of my own published papers in my edits, and to be honest, I generally have little enthusiasm to edit on sociology or contemporary academia anyway since I spend too much time embroiled in such things in my day-to-day life. Recently more interested in graphic novels and long-form visual entertainment.
Here are a few topics that I do enjoy editing:
- China-related subjects
- European history
- Classic literature
- Music (classic, prog, and indie rock)
- subcultures and countercultures
- human rights (especially Tibetans and Falun Gong)
- women's rights
- literature and popular books
- the little random things that pique my curiosity
- Jupiter Bokondji
- Margaret Jane Benson
- Hilda Lockhart Lorimer
- Asia-Japan Women's Resource Center
- Long Meiyi
- Alena Arzamasskaia
- Dorothea Bleek
- Winifred Lamb
- Voice of Tibet
- Superfly Productions
- Abdominal aura
- Human rights in Tibet
- Tri Hita Karana
- Daniel Rosenfeld
- Amanda Coe
- Helen Macdonald (writer)
- The Murdstone Trilogy
- Awful Auntie
In case you're interested, here is a letter that I've used to get permission for images. Thought I'd share it because sharing is caring.
To whom it may concern:
I am one of the many volunteer editors of Wikipedia (wikipedia.org), a Web-based collaboration and one of the most popular websites on the internet.
[MODIFY THIS LINE ] I recently created the article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Tibet - to find that I do not have any images to use.
I respectfully request your permission to use images from your Web site as Wikipedia content. Wikipedia is a multilingual open-content encyclopedia that strives for complete and reliable content. Volunteers from around the world collaboratively create content, but Wikipedia depends upon images such as yours to clearly illustrate that content.
[MODIFY THIS LINE ] I believe images at http://www.tchrd.org/photos/ would offer great insight into the human rights situation in Tibet for readers.
For Wikipedia to use your material, you must agree to the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (often referred to as CC-BY-SA). In essence, CC-BY-SA allows you to retain the copyright and authorship of your work, but grants permission for others to use, copy, and share your materials freely, and even potentially use them commercially, so long as they do not try to claim the copyright themselves, or try to prevent others from using or copying them freely (e.g., "share-alike"). You can read the complete license at "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Text_of_Creative_Commons_Attribution-ShareAlike_3.0_Unported_License".
If you grant permission for use, we will credit you for your work, state that it is used with your permission, and provide a link back to your website.
I sincerely appreciate your consideration of this matter. Please advise me of your decision by email and I will forward it to the Wikimedia Foundation.