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Evelin Gerda Lindner, Medical Doctor, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. med. (in Psychological Medicine), Dr. psychol. (in Social Psychology), Transdisciplinary Scholar in Social Sciences and Humanities

Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) is a transdisciplinary academic field and a global community of concerned scholars, researchers, educators, practitioners, creative artists, and others, who all collaborate in a spirit of mutual support to understand the complex dynamics of dignity and humiliation (humiliationstudies.org). We wish to stimulate systemic change, globally and locally, to open space for peace in dignity. We observe that it is still widely mistaken as “peace” when people are driven into apathic subservience through systemic humiliation and routine humiliating practices. Our goal is opening space for feelings of humiliation to nurture constructive social change, so that we all can join in healing cycles of humiliation throughout the world and achieve peace in dignity. We do our best to cultivate a relational climate characterized by dignity, by walking our talk, and by mutual personal growth.

My books and articles:

  • Making Enemies: Humiliation and International Conflict, 2006, Foreword by Morton Deutsch (translated into Chinese in 2019)
  • Emotion and Conflict: How Human Rights Can Dignify Emotion and Help Us Wage Good Conflict, 2009, Foreword by Morton Deutsch
  • Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security: Dignifying Relationships from Love, Sex, and Parenthood to World Affairs, 2010, Foreword by Desmond Tutu
  • A Dignity Economy: Creating an Economy That Serves Human Dignity and Preserves Our Planet, 2012, Foreword by Linda Hartling and Uli Spalthoff (translated into Brazilian-Portuguese in 2016)
  • Honor, Humiliation, and Terror: An Explosive Mix – And How We Can Defuse It with Dignity, 2017, Foreword by Linda Hartling
  • From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity, 2023, Foreword Howard Richards

Our community (a.k.a., a “dignicommunity”) uses appreciative inquiry as a methodology for advancing scholarship, while practicing a relational approach to engage in collaborative action. We strive to foster a replenishing relational-organizational climate that is constantly evolving and growing with, rather than at the expense of, the people by emphasizing mutually dignifying dialogue. 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 pro bono and not-for-profit endeavors. For the past decades, this relational approach has been sustainable. The nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2017 gave all our members great courage; it has been lifesaving for many who risk their livelihoods or even their lives to advance dignity in the world (see more here).

I hail from a family that was deeply traumatized by WWII and subsequent displacements. “Never again war and genocide” has been the guiding motto of my life since early childhood.

It is possible that our human species is no longer in “hospital” but already in “hospice,” given our inability to act fast enough in the face of the rapidity with which species go extinct and the climate degrades. People in a lifeboat can survive or perish, and they can do so in dignity or indignity. I work for the peace in dignity that flows from holding hands in solidarity and mutual care, whatever the outcome, survival, or demise.

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World Peace Through Equal Dignity in Mutual Solidarity, Varanasi, Feb 2023. Contribution to the 9th World Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy to Promote 'Culture Of Peace' in the World based on the Ethos of G-20, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (see more)

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