Video-taped Dialogues on Dignity or Dignilogues
#dignism


 

We often use #dignism when we upload videos on YouTube (see also Evelin Lindner's channel, and Gaby Saab's WDUi channel).
The term dignilogue* has been coined by Francisco Gomes de Matos, a peace linguist and Co-founder of the World Dignity University initiative on 6th May 2012. He created the rhymed reflections that you see further down. The word DIAlogue has a long history; MULTIlogue was coined by linguist David Crystal in 1995 (Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language).

Click on the contents list further down to get access to all videos



This short Welcome Video was created by Lasse Moer on 18th October 2007, on the Blindern campus of the University of Oslo in sunny but very cold autumn weather. The blue jacket is part of the World Clothes for Equal Dignity project.
The text for this Welcome video has been written by Brian Ward.
Here is the full text:
"Hello! My name is Evelin Lindner and I have committed my life to engaging with people and communities around the world to end the cycles of violence resulting from people humiliating or putting other people down. To protect our planet for future generations we all need to hold hands in equal dignity and lead each other towards a peaceful, sustainable and a richly diverse global community. Your knowledge, experiences, creativity and inspiration is needed wherever it might be as without your help the journey to peace and sustainability will take so much longer. If you are able to join our network of friends on this wonderful journey please have a look at the opportunities in this website and let us know! Thank you very much!"

Please click here or on the picture at the top to see the "Welcome" film, and click on the pictrues further down to see them larger.
See a copy of this video on a site in China.


A Plea for DIGNILOGUE
by Francisco Gomes de Matos, a peace linguist from Recife, Brazil (7th June 2013)
MONOlogue ? Individuals isolates
DIALOGUE ? Persons approximates
DIGNILOGUE ? Humankind elevates

Let's elevate human character, human conduct, human communication
Let's engage in DIGNYfying dialogue
Let's (g)localize DIGNILOGUE as DIGNIfiers

We would like to invite everybody who shares our values to envision contributing the World Dignity University initiative with video-taped dignilogues.

When you think about dignity in connection with your work and your interests, would you feel moved to offer a topic, or a theme?

The World Dignity University site www.worlddignityuniversity.org will grow and evolve from now on, thanks to Linda Hartling and Ulrich Spalthoff donating their full time. Many more are contributing. For example,many of the videos you see further down have already been copied to two Chinese sites, video.sina.com.cn and, later, also on weebly.com!

Perhaps you would enjoy creating short video dialogues (5 – 10 minutes), where you first present yourself, then your reflections on dignity, and, third, with which themes you would like to contribute? Please inspire also your friends and colleagues who share our values!

The general process is explained here. For practical guidelines, see here. See also two examples of mutual interviewing, first and second. Building a library of ideas is our first step. Our World Dignity University initiative shall grow like a tree. See further down what we have so far.

We launched our World Dignity University initiative at the University of Oslo in Norway on 24th June 2011, with ca. 50 people in the room, ca. 40 people from all around the world in our online chat, and many people watching the streaming. See more information here. The Vice-Rector of the university, Inga Bostad, was our host. (We are still deeply shocked about the violent attacks in Norway, less than a month later, attacks that threw into stark light how much we need to build a culture of dignity rather than hatred.)
– Part of this launch was Federico Mayor Zaragoza, who headed UNESCO for 12 years. See his important greetings.
• Also the then Norwegian Minister of the Environment and Minister of Development Cooperation, Erik Solheim, very kindly prepared a video greeting for this launch.
• See Evelin's video invitation to the World Dignity University initiative.
• When you look at the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board and the Core, Research and Education teams, you see a "global faculty" of people who advocate equality in dignity as guiding values, not only in theory, but by walking their talk in practice.

Practical guidelines for making a video:
The general process is explained here. See two examples of mutual interviewing, first and second. Please see selected web video rules which Uli Spalthoff made us aware of.

See Uli's practical guidelines (8th January 2012):
• Don't start thinking about technology. There will always be a solution, given the many gadgets one has in these days.
•  Rather start with some basic thoughts: How long will the video be? What do you want the audience to take with them after watching it? What do you need to prepare?
•  Consider to have more than just a statement read in front of a camera. Maybe a question and answer format might be fine?
•  You find a lot of practical advice on the Internet, for example, a nice example created by a young person (added by Linda Hartling)
•  If you have a built-in webcam in your laptop, just use it. Depending on the computer, you will find some help pages somewhere explaining how to switch it on and how to record videos.
•  If you have a separate webcam, the necessary software and explanations are usually coming with it.
•  If you have a smartphone or digital photocamera, there is a good chance that you can use it for recording videos. Just consult the manual. If you own a digital camcorder, you probably do not need my advice at all, as you might have more experience than I have. A camcorder normally will give better results than photocameras, mobile phones or webcams.
•  With any device it is important to choose good lighting conditions and a quiet place. Any sound from the environment will be much louder in the recording than you expect. For the lighting, you have to check. Daylight is usually better than lamps. Important is not to record "against" the lightsource.
•  In most cases, the files created from the webcam or camcorder will be very large, not suited for attaching to emails. With mobile phones you may have a chance to get smaller files directly, as they compress the files to manageable size. With other devices, you probably have to convert (on your computer, after the recording) to a file format which compresses the video to smaller file sizes. This leads to reduced image quality, but when you want to show the video over the Internet, this is unavoidable. If you don't want to do the file conversion by yourself, you can upload it to our HumanDHS server and I will take care of the conversion. I can send a description how to upload, when needed. There are some more options, but I don't want to confuse you ...

Anna Strout shared a number of suggestions with us (sent on December 17, 2012):
• A quiet room with no ambient noise and no audience
• Allocate enough time for proper set up in between each dialogue
• Provide guidelines for how to structure the dialogue so viewers gain valuable information/tools from watching (ex., introductions, key topic stated, background given, best practices shared, reflection or call to action)
• 3 minutes max for each taped dialogue
• Good, even lighting a must (since 3 point lighting set up expensive)
• 2 chairs in front of a table where people are facing each other and engaging in dialogue, instead of looking at the camera. This allows for the camera person to capture arm gesticulations but avoid humiliating body positions.
• Table placed in front of clean, uninterrupted wall as background or create a relevant set/ backdrop (topical books, banners that fit within the frame) you can also use props (support materials, tools of the trade)
• It's helpful to have 2 cameras on 2 tripods: a steady camera with a well framed wide angle shot of both people; one camera to take reaction shots for each person or to zoom in for cutaways
• 2 lavalieres, one for each of the interviewees, and a set of headphones for the camera person
• If time allows, cut dialogue with photographs, graphics and images that illustrate key concepts

*The term dignilogue has been coined by Francisco Gomes de Matos, a peace linguist and Co-founder of the World Dignity University initiative. He created the following rhymed reflections (6th May 2012):

A new concept for Dignity Studies: DIGNILOGUE
Rhymed Reflections

DIGNITY calls for human character elevation
DIGNITY also requires conduct amelioration
What about the improvement of communication?

The quality of our interactions we should elevate
For communicative dignity everywhere we should educate

If our daily dialogues we want to dignify
Our communicative intentions let´s edify

If creatively DIGNITY and DIALOGUE we integrate
through DIGNILOGUE we`ll be able to communicate

Patrick Hogan, Editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language Sciences commented (14th May 2012):
"Hi! Thanks for your notes. It makes sense to combine a sense of dignity with dialogue.
Best wishes!
Yours, Patrick"

 

Contents List


Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner’s Joint Contributions to the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, 2011 till present



Linda Hartling’s Contributions to the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, 2011 till present



Evelin Lindner's Contributions to the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, 1998 till present



16th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, December 5 – 6, 2019

This was the 34th Annual HumanDHS Conference.



33rd Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, A 'Caravan' Conference titled 'Cultivating Good Living Amazon: Nurturing Solidarity with Mother Earth', in the Amazonian State of Pará, Brasil
, 28th August – 7th September 2019
This conference was a 'caravan' conference that began in the citiy of Marabá, the 'gate to the Amazon', and ended in Belém, the capital of the Amazonian State of Pará, Brasil. See still pictures.



15th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, December 6 – 7, 2018

This was the 32th Annual HumanDHS Conference.



31st Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 'Dignity and Innovation – Strategies for a Sustainable Future, with a Special Focus on Agriculture and Water', in Cairo, Egypt
, 21st – 24th September 2018
This conference took place in the SEKEM Farm – 40 Years of Sustainable Development Ecovillage near Cairo, and had its last day at the Heliopolis University for Sustainability in Cairo. See still pictures.



14th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, December 7 – 8, 2017

This was the 30th Annual HumanDHS Conference.



29th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 'Dignity in Times of Globalisation', in Indore, India
, 16th – 19th August 2017
This conference took place in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India, and continued to Mussoorie in the Himalaya. See still pictures.



13th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, December 8 – 9, 2016

This was the 28th Annual HumanDHS Conference.



27th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 'Cities at Risk – From Humiliation to Dignity', in Dubrovnik
, 19th – 23rd September 2016
This conference took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and continued to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. See still pictures.



Sarajevo
, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Southeast Europe, with Ardian Adžanela, 1st August – end of September 2016



12th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, December 3 – 4, 2015

This was the 26th Annual HumanDHS Conference.



25th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, in Kigali, Rwanda
2nd – 5th June 2015

This conference took place in Kigali, Rwanda. See still pictures.



11th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, December 4 – 5, 2014

This was the 24th Annual HumanDHS Conference.



Berit Ås
, in her home in Asker, Norway, 26th May – 2nd June 2014



23rd Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 'Returning Dignity', in Chiang Mai, Thailand
8th – 12th March 2014

This conference took place in Chiang Mai and continued in the Karen village Pgak' Nyau, Northern Thailand. See still pictures

At the 'Lazy School' and 'Lazy University' in the Pgak' Nyau (Karen) Village 'Ban Nong Thao', Post-conference Excursion, Day Six and Seven, 13th – 14th March 2014
After the 23rd Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 'Returning Dignity', in Chiang Mai, Thailand, some of the participants were able to accept the kind invitation extended to us by the Ngak' Nyau (Karen) village Ban Nong Thao in Northern Thailand (at 1200 meters height), the village of Joni Odochaw, the Karen sage and former village headman, who had given his special talk on Day One of our conference in at Chiang Mai University.



12th Urban Culture Forum, 'Arts and Social Outreach – Designs for Urban Dignity' by The Urban Research Plaza, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, convened by Kjell Skyllstad, 3rd – 4th March 2014



Communication and Dignity,
Thematic Network Meeting, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies in Oslo, Norway, together with 'Impuls' – Student Journal of Psychology at the University of Oslo and Education for Peace, 22nd – 24th January 2014
This conference took place in Oslo, Norway.



10th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict / 22nd Annual Conference of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, December 5 – 6, 2013

This was the 22nd Annual HumanDHS Conference.



Kevin J. Lyonette in Switzerland, 2013



Gavin Andersson, Unbounded Organization, South Africa, 2013



Catherine Odora Hoppers
, holder of the DST/NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) in Development Education at the University of South Africa – Pretoria, 2013



"Against Foucault" – A series of presentations by Howard Richards, in dialogue with Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner



21st Annual Conference of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network in Stellenbosch, South Africa, 24th – 27th April 2013

This conference took place in Stellenbosch and continued in Cape Town, Pretoria, and Johannesburg.



Trine Eklund, from 2013 in Oslo to 2014 in Thailand



20th Annual Conference of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network in New York City, USA, December 6 – 7, 2012

This was the 20th Annual HumanDHS Conference.



Deepak Tripathi in London, 2012



19th Annual Conference of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network in Oslo, Norway, 27th – 30th August 2012

This conference took place in Honolulu and continued on Maui.



Fredsuniversitetet på Tronfjell / Mt. Tron University of Peace
/ Shantibu, Norway, 2012



Mariana Vergara in Ecuador, 2012



Ruku Kausay World Dignity University Amazonian Branch in the Rainforest of Ecuador, 2012

The videos you see here were created on in the Ruku Kausay branch of the World Dignity University initiative located in the community of Rio Blanco in the Amazonian part of Ecuador.



Rios + 20 Amazon Dialogues, Dan Baron, Marabá, Pará, Brasil

Evelin Lindner had been invited to Rio + 20 in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, but chose to go to Marabá in Pará with her video camera instead. She chose Marabá over Rio + 20 because, as she had learned, the voices of the people in the Amazon are not heard. She wanted to hear them and bring their voices to larger audiences. Her hosts were Daniel Baron Cohen, known in Brazil as Dan Baron, or Dan, and Manoela Paula Latronica de Souza, known as Mano Souza, or Mano, and their Rivers of Meeting community project (Rios de Encontro) in Cabelo Seco ("dry hair"), which is the founding community of Marabá at the confluence of two rivers, Rio Tocantins and Rio Itacaiúnas (the name "dry hair" comes from the observation that the hair of Africans is so tightly coiled that it does not get wet when bathing in the river).



Fatima Souza in Teresinha, Brasil, 2012


Giselda Costa in Teresinha, Brasil, 2012



Francisco Cardoso Gomes de Matos in Recife, Brasil, 2012


Marcos José Noronha in Recife, Brasil, 2012



Gabriela Rodrigues Saab Riva in São Paulo, Brasil, 2012


Rosy Rodrigues in São Paulo, Brasil, 2012


Murilo Jardelina da Costa in São Paulo, Brasil, 2012


Marcelle Guil in São Paulo, Brasil, 2012


Natalia Brasil in São Paulo, Brasil, 2012


Fabricio Rodrigo Costa in São Paulo, Brasil, 2012



David Calderoni in São Paulo, Brasil, 2012


Annie Dymetman in São Paulo, Brasil, 2012

Fernando Rangel in São Paulo, Brasil, 2012



Howard Richards in Limache, Chile, 2012


Luis Razeto Migliaro in Limache, Chile, 2012


Iván Labra in Limache, Chile, 2012


Alfredo Rojas Figueroa & Nora Lambrecht in Limache, Chile, 2012


Claudia Arcos Duarte in Limache, Chile, 2012



Virginia Swain and Joseph Barratta in Worcester, United States, 2011



Evelin Lindner's Invitation to Join the World Dignity University Initiative 2011
Evelin Lindner is being interviewed by Ragnhild Nilsen about her vision of the World Dignity University.


Inga Bostad, Vice-Rector of the University of Oslo, Welcomed the Conference Participants
of the 17th Annual Conference in Dunedin, New Zealand, August 2011, and, in the light of the terrible 22/7 terror attacks in Oslo and Utøya, she encouraged and urged us to work on the World Dignity University Initiative


Federico Mayor Zaragoza's Greetings for the Launch of the World Dignity University Initiative on 24th June 2011

This video has been produced on 18th June 2011, at the Fundación Cultura de PazActualizado in Madrid, Spain.
See a copy of this video on a site in China.

Erik Solheim's Greetings for the Launch of the World Dignity University Initiative on 24th June 2011

This video message was created in the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, Norway, on 14th February 2011.

Ingela Lundin Kvalem's Contribution to the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, 2011


Carmen Hetaraka's and Michelle Brenner's Contributions to the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, 2011


Annette Anderson-Engler's Contributions to the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, 2011


Brian Ward's Contributions to the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, 2011


2009 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 11 – 12, 2009
This was the 14th Annual HumanDHS Conference.



13th Annual Meeting of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies in Honolulu, Hawai'i, August 20 – 22, 2009

This conference took place in Honolulu and continued on Maui.



11th Annual Meeting of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies in Norway, 23th June – 1st July 2008
This was a 'mobile conference', moving from Oslo to Bergen und then on the post-ship to Trondheim.



2007 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 13 – 14, 2007

This was the 10th Annual HumanDHS Conference. Video-tapes made by TC still to be edited.


Genocide, Humiliation, and Conflict
Genocide, Humiliation, and Conflict
Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Appalachian University, Boone, North Carolina, USA, November 10 – 14, 2007.
Guest lecturer Evelin Lindner, invited by Amy Hudnall, Adjunct Instructor, Coordinator of Peace Studies, supported by Jennifer Kirby. Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Room 114. Video-tapes still to be edited.


9th Annual Meeting of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies in Hangzhou, China, 13th – 16th April 2007
This meeting had two independent parts:

1. Participation in the Second International Conference on Multicultural Discourses, Institute of Discourse and Cultural Studies, New Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 13 – 15th April 2007
Please see videos by Brian Lynch

2. Interactive Workshop on "Collaborative Learning Environment Characterised by Mutual Respect" at the Department of Applied Psychology, Xixi Campus of Zhejiang University, 148, Tianmushan Rd., West Building 5th, Hangzhou, room 204, Hangzhou, China, 16th April 2007
Please see videos by Brian Lynch. Video-tapes (5 DVDs by Hora Tjitra) still to be edited.


Humiliation and the Roots of Violence: Human Conflict in a Globalizing World
Presentation at the New Jersey Center for Character Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey & The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, New Jersey Department of Education, Center for Applied Psychology, Rutgers, The State University, Piscataway, New Jersey, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., November 14, 2006. Lecturer: Evelin Lindner. Please see pictures, and Pdf. Video-tapes still to be edited.


Why should we develop a sense of global responsibility?
The Course PSYPRO 4030 on "Humiliation," Autumn 2006, in the Series Social Psychological Theory and Method, at the Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway, 2nd – 6th October 2006. Lecturer: Evelin Lindner.


6th Annual HumanDHS Meeting in NY
This was the 6th Annual HumanDHS Meeting, which was our 2005 Annual Round Table Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, at Columbia University, NY, convened and organized by Evelin Lindner, Linda Hartling, and Andrea Bartoli. Please see here our videos.



Evelin Lindner's Doctoral Research in Somaliland, Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi, 1998/1999

Evelin Lindner was in Somaliland, Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi in the context of her research for her doctoral dissertation in social psychology titled The Psychology of Humiliation: Somalia, Rwanda / Burundi, and Hitler's Germany (Oslo: Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, 2000). Evelin did the filming.
The interviews you see further down were created in 1998 and 1999, and uploaded onto YouTube in 2012. Most of the videos are marked as "publically not accessible," which means that only people who know the URLs can see them. One of the reasons for not making these videos publically available is that Evelin was not able to get in contact and obtain the permission of every interview partner 13 or 14 years after having recorded these interviews.
Please, if you are among the people featured further down, or you know one of them, get in touch with Evelin! She will follow your preferences and will make your video either publically available, if you wish so, or leave it as it is now, so that only people who know the URL can see them, or, she can also mark your video to be "private," and in that way only she herself would have access (in that case, you would have to download the video onto your computer before she does that, so that you have your own copy on your computer, since you would no longer have access to your video on YouTube as soon as it is listed as "private").


Videos still to be uploaded:

•  2007, 2008, 2009 NY workshops taped by Hua-Chu
Genocide, Humiliation, and Conflict
Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University, Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at 7 p.m. in Room 114.
Guest lecturer Evelin Lindner, invited by Amy Hudnall, Adjunct Instructor, Coordinator of Peace Studies, supported by Jennifer Kirby, at the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Appalachian University, Boone, North Carolina, USA, November 10 – 14, 2007.
Humiliation and the Roots of Violence: Human Conflict in a Globalizing World
Presentation at The New Jersey Center for Character Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey & The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, New Jersey Department of Education, Center for Applied Psychology, Rutgers, The State University, Piscataway, New Jersey, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., November 14, 2006. Lecturer: Evelin Lindner, invited by Philip Brown. Please see pictures.