Welcome to Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS)

AllWe are a global transdisciplinary network and collaborative community of concerned scholars, researchers, educators, practitioners, creative artists, and 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 systemic humiliation and humiliating practices, preventing new ones from arising, and opening space for feelings of humiliation to be transformed into connected and collective action that will dignify the lives of all people and replenish our planet.

We suggest that a frame of cooperation and shared humility is necessary — rather than 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, more than 7,000 friends on our address list, and our website is being accessed by ca. 40,000 people from more than 180 countries per year since its inception in 2003. A new educational effort emerged from the network on 24th June 2011, the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, and anyone interested in educating or learning in dignity is invited to contribute. Not-for-profit Dignity Press, with its imprint World Dignity University Press, is flourishing since 2012.

We organize two conferences per year. We gather for one global conference at a different location each year, which has led us since 2003 to Europe (Paris, Berlin, Oslo, Dubrovnik), Costa Rica, China, Hawai'i, Turkey, New Zealand, South Africa, Rwanda, Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, and Indore in Central India. Then we come together a second time each December for our Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict at Columbia University in New York City, with Morton Deutsch as our honorary convener until his passing in 2017. We have gathered more than 30 conferences all around the world since 2003. See where we stand.

The nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2017 gave all our members great courage and has already been life-saving for many.

If you wish, please see here a short welcome video clip, the status of our work, and then enter our website in more depth here, or through the links on the upper left side of this page. We often use #dignism when we upload videos on YouTube (see also Evelin Lindner's channel).

When you click on the picture above, you see our 33rd Annual Dignity Conference in the State of Pará in the Brazilian Amazon in September 2019, a 'Caravan' conference titled 'Cultivating Good Living Amazon: Nurturing Solidarity with Mother Earth'. This conference took place in the midst of an emergency situation – the Amazon Rainforest on fire.

A very warm welcome to our Sixteenth Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, titled "Can We Teach Dignity? Becoming Lifelong Apprentices of Dignity from Childhood Throughout All Ages," at Columbia University in New York City, December 5 – 6, 2019!

Please be aware that our work is a labor of love since 2001/2003 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. 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.

We need your help! For our leadership tasks we particularly welcome people who have just retired and would like to offer their expertise for a good cause and commit some years of their life to build a new career for themselves, a career that draws its validation not from a salary but from meaningfulness. Futhermore, if you know about any dignity-IT-volunteers for our WDU platform, we would be very glad if you could introduce us! (Knowledge of Joomla would be essential, and the capability to program using Python, Django, databases, and html.)


News Headlines

Two kinds of news are listed here:
1. news from other sources that might be of interest for our network members: See news tagged by Evelin Lindner since 2017 on Twitter at
(from 2012 until 2017, Lindner's list of interesting web links was on delicious.com)
2. news from within our network

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