Welcome to Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS)
We are a global transdisciplinary network and fellowship of concerned academics, practitioners, activists, artists, and many others. We wish to stimulate systemic change, globally and locally, to open space for dignity, mutual respect and esteem to take root and grow. Our goal is ending humiliating practices, preventing new ones from arising, and fostering healing from cycles of humiliation throughout the world.
We suggest that a frame of cooperation and shared humility is necessary — not a mindset of humiliation — if we wish to build a better world, a world of equal dignity for all.
We do our best to cultivate a relational climate characterized by dignity, walking our talk, and mutual growth. For more than a decade, our relational approach has been more than sustainable, it has offered a new model of collaborative action, a replenishing relational-organizational climate that is constantly evolving and growing with — rather than at the expense of — the people involved. Michael Britton wrote on July 18, 2015: "I feel fortunate to have found a home in HumanDHS where the labors of inquiry, honesty, integrity, dignity, trust and trustworthiness, humility are at the heart of who we are and what we do."
We are currently around 1,000 personally invited members, with more than 2,000 more people supporting our work, and our website is being accessed by ca. 40,000 people from more than 180 countries per year. A new educational initiative emerging from the network since 24th June 2011 is the World Dignity University (WDU) initiative to which anyone interested in educating or learning on dignity is invited to contribute with ideas for curriculum development. Dignity Press, with its imprint World Dignity University Press, is flourishing since 2012.
If you wish, please see here a short welcome video clip, the status of 2013 as a collection of pictures and a brief overview, and then enter our website in more depth here, or through the links on the upper left side of this page.
When you click on the picture above, you see our 27th Annual Dignity Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, 18th - 25th September 2016, titled "Cities at Risk - From Humiliation to Dignity."
A very warm welcome to our 13th Annual Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict at Columbia University, New York City, in December 2016!
Please be aware that our work is a labor of love and maintained entirely by volunteers who give their time and energy as a gift. All our efforts are not for profit. Since 2001, our work is continuously evolving, including this website, which came into being in 2003. Since 2011, also the websites of the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative and our Dignity Press evolve.
Two kinds of news are listed here:
1. news from within our network
2. news from other sources that might be of interest for our network members
- Disability Rights Report: An Important Investigation
- Upcoming Conference: Gandhian Perspectives on Contemporary Conflicts and Peace
- Nobel Peace Prize Nomination 2016
- “The Code Not Taken: The Path From Guild Ethics to Torture and Our Continuing Choices — Canadian Psychological Association John C. Service Member of the Year Award Address”
- Home is Where Her Heart Is: Evelin Lindner has fashioned a life in the global village in order to promote human dignity
- Call for Papers: Social and solidarity economy, the commons, public action and livelihood
- NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast Feb 4: Effective Mediators and Non-verbal Communication
- NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast: Dec. 3, 2015: RACE MATTERS IN ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND TRANSFORMATIVE PRACTICES
- BOOK REVIEW: Conflict Management in International Missions – A field guide by Olav Ofstad