Presentation by E. Lindner: How are dignity and humiliation relevant in our lives, our societies, and for the United Nations

The UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action cordially invites you

to a brown bag lunch event on:

How are dignity and humiliation relevant in our

Lives,  our societies, and for the United Nations?


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

1pm – 2.30 pm

1 UN Plaza (DC-1), 20th Floor Conference Room

What is dignity? Dignity is extremely difficult to conceptualize, as is its absence.  All around the world, terms such as dignity and respect are used by an increasing number of people who are becoming aware of their rights. Questions are being asked, such as: “What does dignity mean for individuals and communities especially in relation to violent conflict and recovery from conflict?  When dignity is not upheld, how is the damage incurred characterized in terms of humiliation of groups or individuals? Is there a causality and relationship between humiliation and violent conflict?  What is required for a society to ameliorate situations that undermine dignity, to repair damage done, and to develop and maintain “sustainable dignity” for all people? What should the United Nations do to ensure that its activities and practices protect and promote dignity?

The Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network is a global transdisciplinary fellowship of concerned academics, practitioners, activists, artists, and others, who collaborate in a spirit of mutual support to understand the complex dynamics of dignity and its violation, through disrespect and humiliation ( This network wishes to stimulate systemic change – globally and locally – to open space for mutual respect and esteem to take root and grow, thus ending humiliating practices and breaking cycles of humiliation throughout the world. The HumanDHS movement has currently around 1,000 members from all continents and the website ( is accessed by 20,000-40,000 people annually from more than 180 countries since its inception in 2003.   In 2011, the World Dignity University initiative ( and the publishing house Dignity Press ( were launched and have published many books since 2012. The network organizes two conferences per year, one at a different global location each year (Paris, Berlin, Costa Rica, China, Norway, Hawai’i, Istanbul, New Zealand, and South Africa). The other conference takes place each December at Columbia University, New York entitled ‘Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict’, with Morton Deutsch as honorary convener. More than 20 conferences have been held since 2003.

About the presenter:

Evelin Lindner is the founding president of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS, and a cofounder of the World Dignity University initiative (, which includes Dignity Press and World Dignity University Press ( Dr. Lindner has a dual education as a Medical Doctor and a Psychologist, with two Ph.D.s. (Dr. med. and Dr. psychol.). She is a research fellow at the University of Oslo since 1997, affiliated with Columbia University since 2001 with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, and with the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris since 2003.  Her first book Making Enemies: Humiliation and International Conflict was honored as “Outstanding Academic Title” by the journal Choice for 2007 in the USA. She published her second book in 2009 on Emotion and Conflict. Her third book on Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security was published in 2010 with a Foreword by Desmond Tutu, is being highly recommended by Choice. Her fourth book, published in 2012 by World Dignity University Press, is titled A Dignity Economy. She has received several awards, among them the “Prisoner’s Testament” Peace Award in 2009.


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2.       Enter the “Conference ID” 2547, then press #

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