29th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
'Dignity in Times of Globalisation'

in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Central India

16th - 19th August 2017

Please see Newsletter 29, written directly after this conference - you are warmly invited to contribute to it! (Please send your comments to us so that we can include them.)
Please see here your personal invitation, a short programme, and our press release.
If you wish to participate in our future conferences, please email us. Please know that you are always invited to spend the entire conference with us, so that real dignity-family-building can emerge! All our events are part of an ongoing effort to nurture a global dignity community.
For all our conferences, you are invited to fill out our Appreciative Introduction form, print it out, and bring it with you.
There are no registration fees for our conferences, we usally share cost according to ability. We thank all participants of this conference for paying for their own travels and housing, and the Renaissance University for offering a wonderful venue with delicious vegetarian lunch, tea, coffee and cookies.


The historical palace of Rajwada is a seven storied structure built by the Holkars of the Maratha Empire, therefore also known as Holkar Palace, one of the oldest structures and major historical sites located in the heart of the city of Indore close to the Chhatris

Our conferences have two parts, a workshop part and a public part

1. Workshop with Dignilogues
Wednesday - Friday, 16th - 18th August, 10.00 am
Renaissance University
(a new addition to the Renaissance-Indira Group of Institutions, former Indore-Indira Group of Institutions)
Sanwer Road, behind Aurobindo hospital, Gram Reoti, Indore-452015 (see map)
We will join together as a collaborative community, we will explore the urgent need for dignity in an age of globalisation.

2. Public Function
Saturday, 19th August, 11.30 am
Renaissance University
Sanwer Road, behind Aurobindo hospital, Gram Reoti, Indore-452015 (see map)

Post-Conference Activities for those Interested
Heritage places: Rajwada Palace, Lal Baag Palace, Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, the Omkareshwar Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple, the ruin city of Mandu, the Ahilya Fort.
The city of Bhopal is 190 km away. The city attracted international attention in December 1984 after the Bhopal disaster.

Local Hosts, Conveners, and Coordinators

Special thanks go to the Founder and Group Chairman of the Renaissance University, Swapnil Kothari, and his visionary support team, for offering the venue for this conference, and for their untiring support for making this conference successful. Particular thanks go to Amol Mishra, Vinita Raj, and Dr. Rajesh Dixit for their helpful encouragement in support of this event.
We warmly thank Deepak Tripathi for creating this wonderful connection between our global dignity work and the Renaissance University
See his book A Journey Through Turbulence (Lake Oswego, OR: Dignity Press, 2013)
On the fourth day of the conference, on 19th August 2017, the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network honoured Swapnil Kothari for his dignified and dignifying generosity in hosting this conference, together with Sarabjeet Singh Bharaj, Amol Mishra, and their team.

Kjell Skyllstad

The conference was hosted by the Renaissance University in cooperation with the World Dignity University initiative
The Renaissance-Indira Group (former Indore-Indira Group) consists of a number of colleges, including a business school and a law school. Indore is a hub of education and industry for Central India and has an illustrious history behind it.


Day One, Wednesday, 16th August 2017, picture taken by the press photographer from the Independent Mail

'German Evelin Thinks That the Whole World Is Her Home', in Independent Mail, 18th August 2017


Day Two, Thursday, 17th August 2017

Day Three, Friday, 18th August 2017

Day Four, Saturday, 19th August 2017

•  If you wish to participate in our future conferences, please send us an email

•  Thank you for obtaining your own private tourist visa to India.

•  See here an Appreciative Introduction template for participants to fill in, print out, and bring to our conferences: Word / Pdf

•  Please see here an early invitation (Pdf, 20th June 2017) and your final reminder (Pdf, 1st August 2017).

•  Please see a short programme of the conference.

•  There is no registration fee for our conferences. To cover our expenses, we always summarise the costs during the conference and invite participants to contribute according to their ability. This collaborative approach to financing allows us to keep our conferences affordable for all. We thank all participants of this conference for paying for their own travels and housing, and the Renaissance University for offering a wonderful venue, together with delicious vegetarian lunch in the garden, and for coffee, tea, and cookies in the mornings and afternoons.

•  Have a look at all our previous conferences and see also our Newsletters, written after our past conferences.

 

•  How to get to the conference venue
Participants travelled to Indore in Madhya Pradesh in Central India. Participants from abroad obtained their own private tourist visa to India. Visitors to India must obtain a visa from an Indian diplomatic mission unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or a country whose citizens may obtain a visa online. India plans to introduce a 'visa on arrival' system. If such a system is introduced, access should become easier, because people would not need to get visas in their home countries. Participants could take a taxi from the airport to the Amarvilas Hotel (ca. 200 Rupees, see a map)

• Where to stay
Amarvilas is a reputed traditional hotel with great hospitality and very affordable prices, ca. 10 km from the conference venue. The hotel's address is 1 B, Chandra Nagar, A.B. Road, Chandra Nagar, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 452001, India (see a map).


• Please click on the photo to see it larger

Since all participants in our conferences are fully responsible for bearing the cost of their own travel, transportation, and accommodation arrangements, we always kindly ask local participants who reside in close proximity of the conference venue to lend a helping hand to those traveling from afar, which also helps us keep our events collaborative and affordable for all. Allow us to extend our warmest thanks to all those who reside in Indore and generously gave their support to our foreign participants! We are deeply thankful, among others, to Pooja Vyas, and Dr. Rajesh Dixit and his wife Dr. Amita Neerav, for including Evelin Lindner into their homes throughout July and August. Dr. Rajesh Dixit and his wife Dr. Amita Neerav declared their home to be a Dialogue Home for our global dignity family and Donna T. Fujimoto and Michael W. Morgan were welcomed there, too. Avi and Nira Shahaf chose to stay in the Sayaji Hotel. Vinita Raj and Menika Soni Jadon generously extended their care to our foreign visitors also in the evenings. We thank them most warmly!

• Practical details
How to Use an Indian Bathroom

• Post-conference experiences
The city of Bhopal is 190 km away. The city attracted international attention in December 1984 after the Bhopal disaster.

We thank Yashasvi Dhand and Tejas Kumar for creating this great list of landmarks around Indore for us (please click on the photos or here to see them larger):

1. Lal Baag Palace is the finest building left by the Holkar dynasty. It was once the residence of the Holkars. Lal Baag Palace is one of the most spectacular buildings in Indore, situated on the banks of the River Khan.

2. Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva is one of the most famous temples of Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga of India. The temple complex has also one of the eighteen Maha Shakti Peeth, a Ganesh Temple, a Nandi statue, a lake, and a Lord Shiva temple. It is around 56 km from Indore.

3. The Omkareshwar Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to God Shiva and one of the twelve revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga is situated in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh on an island called Mandhata in the Narmada river. The distance from Indore is 78 kms. 4. The ruin city of Mandu is located in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh about 100 km from Indore. Mandu is known for its fine architecture of Jahaz Mahal, Alamgir Darwaza, Hindola Mahal, Hoshang Shah Mausoleum, and Roopmati’s Pavilion.
5. Ahilya Fort is located in the glorious city of Maheshwar 91 km from Indore on the north bank of the Narmada River. Maheshwar has been a centre of handloom weaving and is also known for its Ghats on the banks of river Narmada, for its Ahilya Fort, Chhatri of Vithoji, and Ek Mukhi Datta Temple.    

•  Please kindly note that...
• There is no registration fee for our conferences. To cover our expenses, we always summarise the costs during the conference and invite participants to contribute according to their ability. This collaborative approach to financing allows us to keep the conference affordable for all.
• We like to get to know participants prior to our conferences and workshops, and prior to issuing an invitation.
• All our gatherings are by invitation only, please approach us so that we can include you and register you. Only our Public Events are open to everybody without registration.
• The Non-Public Parts of our gatherings have limited enrollment.
• Participants are encouraged to find their own sources of funding or economic support to participate in our conferences. We offer our nurturing work as our gift of love and care to you, ad we would like to lovingly invite everybody to contribute to this gift economy. If you need funding for your travels and housing, please inquire in your country and your university about possibilities. See, among others, for the US, www.supportcenter.org and www.foundationscenter.org. The Weinstein International Fellowship program, inaugurated in 2008, provides opportunities for individuals from outside the United States to visit the U.S. to learn more about dispute resolution processes and practices and to pursue a project of their own design that serves to advance the resolution of disputes in their home countries.
• Participants in our conferences are kindly asked to handle all of their travel arrangements and required documentation, including requests for visas, on their side. HumanDHS is a volunteer initiative and does not have the staff or resources to assist with visa requests.

•  Permissions
During our conferences, we always ask all participants for their permission to have their pictures or videos posted on our website, however, if you change your mind later, either in total or for specific pictures/videos, please let us know! Thank you! Since we wish to walk the talk of dignity, it is very important for us to do our utmost in respecting everybody's privacy. We refrain from gathering written permissions from you during our conferences, since we value the building of mutual trust in relationships, and we also would like to refrain from contributing to an ever more bureaucratic and legalistic society.

•  Green conference and reinventing organization
We strive to organize our conferences as 'Green Conferences'. Lynn King kindly advises us. We also thank Vegard Jordanger for making us aware of Frederic Laloux's work on Reinventing Organizations (2014).

•  What happened in our previous conferences?
Please have a look at all our previous conferences and the newsletters written after these conferences.

 


 

•  Frame
•  List of Conveners
•  Programme
•  List of Participants
•  Papers
•  Pictures and videos

Still photos
The still photos come in several web galleries. We so much thank Amit Singh, Donna T. Fujimoto, Amita Neerav, Mike Morgan, Suraj Pillai, and many others for taking such lovely photos!

Day One, Wednesday, 16th August 2017
• Please click here to see the ten Press photos
• Please click here to see all 189 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day One
• Please click here to see the programme for the entire conference that we created together on Day One, and all 20 Dignilogue posters
• Please click here to see the four photos Chandra Siwakoti kindly took
• Please click here to see the four photos Vinita Raj took of Evelin getting her hair in order...

Day Two, Thursday, 17th August 2017
• Please click here to see all 254 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Two
• Please click here to see the 197 photos that Amit Singh kindly took

Day Three, Friday, 18th August 2017
• Please click here to see all 344 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Three
• Please click here to see the 229 photos that Amit Singh kindly took

Day Four, Saturday, 19th August 2017
• Please click here to see all 82 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Four
• Please click here to see the 216 photos that Amit Singh kindly took

All of the conference
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

Videos
Thank you so much, dear Suraj Pillai for stepping up and doing such wonderful video-taping!

'Messages to the World' for the World Dignity University initiative:
Day One, 16th August, 2017:
• 01 WDU Message: Vinita Raj and Katyayani Singh
Day Two, 17th August, 2017:
• 02 WDU Message: Michael W. Morgan and Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 03 WDU Message: Avi Shahaf and Rachana Ghadge
• 04 WDU Message: Michael W. Morgan and Evelin Lindner
• 05 WDU Message: Donna T. Fujimoto and Vinita Raj
• 06 WDU Message: Katyayani Singh and Evelin Lindner
Day Three, 18th August, 2017:
• 07 WDU Message: Mamta Siwakoti and Evelin Lindner
• 08 WDU Message: Shashi Kumar and Mike Morgan
• 09 WDU Message: Dr. Rajesh Dixit, Dr. Amita Neerav, and Evelin Lindner (17th September 2017) (Hindi)
• 10 WDU Message: Dr. Rajesh Dixit, Dr. Amita Neerav, and Evelin Lindner (17th September 2017) (English)

Documentation of the entire conference
Day One:
• 01 Amol Mishra Welcomed Everybody
• 02 Evelin Lindner Welcomed Everybody
• 03 All Are Watching Linda Hartling's Welcome Video
• 04 Evelin Lindner's Introductory Talk
• 05 Janvi Jain Sang the Beloved Film Song 'Lag Jaa Gale' from the Movie ''Woh Kaun Thi'
• 06 Getting to Know Each Other
• 07 A Student Played Guitar
• 08 Participants Presented Each Other
• 09 Pranjali Singh Parihar Taught 'Kathak' Dance to Nira Shahaf
• 10 Evelin Lindner Explained the Dignilogue Format
• 11 Preparing the Dignilogues
• 12 Dr. Amita Neerav Sang the Beloved Film Song 'Dil Ka Diya Jala Ke Gaya' and then Spoke on Dignity
• 13 Vinita Raj Explained her Dignilogue Topic
• 14 Nira Shahaf Explained her Dignilogue Topic
• 15 Mamta Siwakoti Explained her Dignilogue Topic
• 16 Mike Morgan Explained his Dignilogue Topic
• 17 Shashi Kumar Explained his Dignilogue Topic
• 18 Chandra Siwakoti Explained his Dignilogue Topic
• 19 Navneet Dubey Explained his Dignilogue Topic
• 20 Avi Shahaf Explained his Dignilogue Topic
• 21 Katyayani Singh Explained her Dignilogue Topic
• 22 Dr. Rajesh Dixit Explained his Dignilogue Topic
• 23 Donna T. Fujimoto Explained her Dignilogue Topic
• 24 Parth Jain Explained his Dignilogue Topic
• 25 Dr. Atul Bhat Sang Two Beloved Film Songs
• 26 Dignilogue of Vinita Raj
• 27 WDU Message: Vinita Raj and Katyayani Singh

Day Two:
• 28 Dignilogue of Avi Shahaf
• 29 Thanking Nira and Avi Shahaf
• 30 Dignilogue of Mike Morgan
• 31 WDU Message: Michael W. Morgan and Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 32 WDU Message: Avi Shahaf and Rachana Ghadge
• 33 WDU Message: Michael W. Morgan and Evelin Lindner
• 34 Dignilogue of Donna T. Fujimoto
• 35 WDU Message: Donna T. Fujimoto and Vinita Raj
• 36 Donna T. Fujimoto Sang a Japanese Song
• 37 The Students Sang a Punjabi Folk Song
• 38 Dr. Atul Bhat Sang a Beloved Film Song
• 39 The Students Sang
• 40 Dignilogue of Katyayani Singh
• 41 Dr. Atul Bhat Sang Another Beloved Film Song
• 42 Mahendra Sharma and Anoop Swarup Visited
• 43 WDU Message: Katyayani Singh and Evelin Lindner

Day Three:
• 44 Dignilogue of Mamta Siwakoti
• 45 Dignilogue of Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 45.1 WDU Message: Dr. Rajesh Dixit, Dr. Amita Neerav, and Evelin Lindner (17th September 2017) (Hindi)
• 45.2 WDU Message: Dr. Rajesh Dixit, Dr. Amita Neerav, and Evelin Lindner (17th September 2017) (English)
• 46.1 Dignilogue of Shashi Kumar (Part 1)
• 46.2 Dignilogue of Shashi Kumar (Part 2)
• 47.1 Sunita Kasliwal Explained Shahi Paneer Masala
• 47.2 Sunita Kasliwal Explained White Gravy Paneer Masala
• 47.3 Sunita Kasliwal Explained Yellow Pulses
• 47 Students Received Chocolate
• 48 Dignilogue of Nira Shahaf Inside the Conference Room
• 49 Dignilogue of Nira Shahaf Part Outside of the Conference Room
• 50 Pranjali Singh Parihar Taught Nira Shahaf to Dance 'Kathak'
• 51 WDU Message: Mamta Siwakoti and Evelin Lindner
• 52 WDU Message: Shashi Kumar and Mike Morgan
• 53 Mamta Siwakoti Sang a Nepalese Song
• 54 The Students Sang
• 55 Nira and Avi Shahaf Sang a Song from Israel
• 56 Dignilogue of Parth Jain and Navneet Dubey
• 57 Saying Good-Bye to Nira and Avi Shahaf
• 58 Swapnil Kothari Visited with His Students
• 59 Evelin Lindner's Comments
• 60 Swapnil Kothari's Comments
• 61 Amol Mishra Rounded Up Day Three

Day Four:
• 62 Amol Mishra and Swapnil Kothari Opened the Public Function
• 63 Evelin Lindner Spoke on 'Dignity in Times of Globalisation'
• 64 Honouring Donna T. Fujimoto
• 65 Honouring Mike Morgan
• 66 Honouring Chandra and Mamta Siwakoti
• 67 Honouring Shashi Kumar
• 68 Honouring Dr. Amita Neerav
• 69 Honouring Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 70 Honouring Vinita Raj
• 71 Honouring the International Post Graduate Diploma in Management Students
• 72 Honouring Evelin Lindner
• 73 Honouring Amol Mishra
• 74 Honouring Swapnil Kothari
• 75 Honouring Dr. Amita Neerav and Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 76 Honouring Vinita Raj
• 77 Honouring Pooja Upadhaya Vyas
• 78 Honouring Sarabjeet Singh Bharaj
• 79 Honouring DeepakTripathi
• 80 Honouring Menika Soni Jadon
• 81 Honouring Rachana Ghadge
• 82 Saying Good-Bye
• 83 Amol Mishra Sang a Beloved Film Song
• 84 Dr. Amita Neerav Sang 'Kisi Ki Yaad Mein Dunia Ko Hai Bhilaaye Hue'

•  What happened in our previous meetings? Please see Newsletters!



 

Frame

by Linda Hartling, 2004

In our meetings we aim at creating a humiliation-free, collaborative learning environment characterised by mutual respect, mutual empathy, and openness to difference. The perspective of 'appreciative enquiry' is a useful frame of our work. Our HumanDHS efforts are not just about the work we do together, but also about HOW WE WORK TOGETHER. At appropriate points during our meetings, for example at the end of each day, we take a moment to reflect on the practices observed that contributed to an appreciative/humiliation-free learning experience.

It is important to emphasise that an appreciative approach is not about expecting people to agree. In fact, differences of opinion enrich the conversation and deepen people's understanding of ideas. Perhaps, this could be conceptualised as 'waging good conflict' (Jean Baker Miller), which means practicing radical respect for differences and being open to a variety of perspectives and engaging others without contempt or rankism. As we have seen in many fields, contempt and rankism drain energy away from the important work that needs to be done. Most people only know 'conflict' as a form of war within a win/lose frame. 'Waging good conflict', on the other side, is about being empathic and respectful, making room for authenticity, creating clarity, and growth.
Please see:
An Appreciative Frame: Beginning a Dialogue on Human Dignity and Humiliation, written by Linda in 2005
Appreciative Facilitation: Hints for Round Table Moderators, kindly written in February 2006 by Judith Thompson to support the moderators of our workshops.
Buddhist Teachings on Right Speech, which relate to our quest for appreciative enquiry, caring and being.
•  Please see also these videos on our Appreciative Frame, created by Linda Hartling:
- Appreciative Enquiry 1, a video that was recorded on October 30, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Evelin Lindner, for the World Dignity University initiative.
- Appreciative Enquiry 2, a video that was uploaded onto YouTube on August 11, 2012, in preparation of the 19th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 27th-30th August 2012, in Oslo, Norway.
- Our Appreciative Frame 3, a video created in December 2014 (see also Pdf), for the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 4–5, 2014.
- Appreciative Enquiry 4, a video that was recorded on May 27, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Linda Hartling, for the 25th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, in Kigali, Rwanda, 2nd - 5th June 2015.
- Appreciative Frame, by Linda Hartling on December 8, 2016, at the 2016 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 8 – 9, 2016.
•  Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, created by Linda Hartling on October 10, 2015, for the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 3 – 4, 2015.

 



List of Conveners

 

Evelin Gerda Lindner, Medical Doctor, Clinical and Social Psychologist, Ph.D. (Dr. med.), Ph.D. (Dr. psychol.), Organiser of the HumanDHS Conferences, in Support of the Local Conveners

Evelin Gerda Lindner is the Founding President of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network and initiator of the World Dignity University initiative. She is a transdisciplinary social scientist and humanist who holds two Ph.D.s, one in medicine and one in psychology. In 1996, she designed a research project on the concept of humiliation and its role in genocide and war. German history served as starting point. She is the recipient of the 2006 SBAP Award and 2009 'Prisoner’s Testament' Peace Award. She is affiliated with the University of Oslo, Norway, with its Centre for Gender Research, and with its Department of Psychology (folk.uio.no/evelinl/), furthermore, with the Columbia University Conflict Resolution Network (CU-CRN), which was superseded, in 2009, by the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) at Columbia University, New York. She is also affiliated with the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris. Lindner is teaching globally, including in South East Asia, the Middle East, Australia, Africa, and other places globally. [read more]
Please see:
Interview with Evelin Lindner - Challenges of our Time; Learning to Connect, December 8, 2016
Mini-Documentary of the Annual Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict 'The Globalization of Dignity', December 8 - 9, 2016
• Article by Amita Neerav in the weekend edition of Naidunia ('New World'), 30th July 2017. The title of the article is 'A Global Saint Connects People of the World with a Circle of Love Gifts: A special talk with Evelin G. Lindner, who has been nominated consecutively for the third time for the Nobel Peace Prize'.
Naidunia

Linda Hartling, Ph.D., Social Psychologist, Organiser of the HumanDHS Conferences, Supporting the Local Conveners

Dr. Linda M. Hartling is the Director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS). She is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board, HumanDHS Global Core Team, HumanDHS Global Coordinating Team, HumanDHS Research Team, and HumanDHS Education Team. She is the Editor of the Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (JHDHS).
Hartling is affiliated with the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) at the Stone Center, which is part of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Until November 2008, she was its Associate Director. Hartling is a member of the JBMTI theory-building group advancing the practice of the Relational-Cultural Theory, which is a new model of psychological development. In addition, Hartling coordinates and contributes to training programs, publications, and special projects for the JBMTI. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical/community psychology and has published papers on resilience, substance abuse prevention, shame and humiliation, relational practice in the workplace, and Relational-Cultural Theory. [read more]
Please see:
• Humiliation: Real Pain, A Pathway to Violence, the draft of Linda's paper for Round Table 2 of our 2005 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York.
Humiliation: Assessing the Impact of Derision, Degradation, and Debasement, first published in The Journal of Primary Prevention, 19(4): 259-278, co-authored with T. Luchetta, 1999.
• Shame and Humiliation: From Isolation to Relational Transformation, the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMIT), Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College No. 88, Wellesley, MA 02481, co-authored with Wendy Rosen, Maureen Walker, Judith V. Jordan, 2000.
• Humiliation and Assistance: Telling the Truth About Power, Telling a New Story, paper prepared for the 5th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 'Beyond Humiliation: Encouraging Human Dignity in the Lives and Work of All People', in Berlin, 15th -17th September, 2005.
Mini-Documentary of the Annual Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict 'The Globalization of Dignity', December 8 - 9, 2016

Deepak Tripathi, PhD, FRHistS is a British historian of the Greater Middle East and South Asia

Deepak Tripathi, PhD, FRHistS is a British historian of the Greater Middle East and South Asia with a particular emphasis on the Cold War and the United States in the post-Soviet world. He is an honorary research fellow in social sciences at the University of Roehampton in London. Among his books is A Journey Through Turbulence (Dignity Press, 2013). His other books include a trilogy encompassing Breeding Ground: Afghanistan and the Origins of Islamist Terrorism (2011), Overcoming the Bush Legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan (2010) and Imperial Designs: War, Humiliation and the Making of History (2013), published by Potomac Books, Inc., Washington, D.C. Earlier, he spent his long career in journalism (1974-2000), primarily in the BBC where he was a correspondent, commentator and editor. In the early 1990s, Tripathi set up the BBC Bureau in Kabul and was the corporation's resident correspondent in Afghanistan. He also reported from Syria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India.
Deepak Tripathi has published A Journey Through Turbulence in Dignity Press in 2013
Please see:
Imperialism & Humiliation, a video presentation for HumiliationStudies.org, where Deepak Tripathi explains the relationship between imperialism and humiliation.
A Journey Through Turbulence, Lake Oswego, OR: Dignity Press, 22nd March, 2013, with a Foreword by Victoria Fontan, a collection of Deepak Tripathi's writings in the last decade, covering a vast landscape and many subjects, from the United States, Britain and the European Union to conflicts in South Asia and the Middle East, the Arab Awakening, the power shift from west to east, and the new great game in the east. These essays have an insightful analysis of the present in the context of the past.
A Journey Through Turbulence, video, created on 29th March 2013, in connection with his book A Journey Through Turbulence.
Imperial Design: War, Humiliation and the Making of History, published on 8th May 2013, is a video about Imperial Designs, the final volume of Deepak Tripathi's trilogy including Breeding Ground: Afghanistan and the Origins of Islamist Terrorism and Overcoming the Bush Legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan published by Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press.

 


 

Workshop Programme

Venue: Renaissance University, Sanwer Road, behind Aurobindo hospital, Gram Reoti, Indore-452015 (see map)

 

 

Wednesday, 16th August 2017, Workshop Day One


• Please click here to see the ten press photos
• Please click here to see all 189 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day One
• Please click here to see the programme for the entire conference that we created together on Day One, and all 20 Dignilogue posters
• Please click here to see the four photos Chandra Siwakoti kindly took
• Please click here to see the four photos Vinita Raj took of Evelin getting her hair in order...
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference



This is the programme that we co-created on Day One for the entire three days of the workshop, adapting it flexibly throughout those days. Thank you, dear Avi Shahaf and Yashasvi Dhand, for making such a great programme poster! Please click here to see more Dignilogue posters.


These are the Appreciative Introductions of the participants

International Batch of Students of Post Graduate Diploma in Management at the Indore-Indira Business School:

Please click on the images above or here to see all Introductions (with the contact information blackened for the protection of privacy)


A big THANK-YOU goes to Suraj Pillai and Amit Singh for creating such wonderful videos and photos! And another big THANK-YOU to the wonderful team of dear Sunita Kasliwal and Pandey-ji, who cared for our lunch, coffee, tea, and cookies during mornings and afternoon!

•  10.00 Welcome by Amol Mishra, as representative of the host institution, the Renaissance-Indira Group of Institutions (Video)


• Please click here to see the ten press photos
• Please click here to see all 189 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day One
• Please click here to see the programme for the entire conference that we created together on Day One, and all 20 Dignilogue posters
• Please click here to see the four photos Chandra Siwakoti kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

•  Welcome by Evelin Lindner, as representative of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies and the World Dignity University initiative (Video)


• Please click here to see the ten press photos
• Please click here to see all 189 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day One
• Please click here to see the programme for the entire conference that we created together on Day One, and all 20 Dignilogue posters
• Please click here to see the four photos Chandra Siwakoti kindly took
• Please click here to see the four photos Vinita Raj took of Evelin getting her hair in order...
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

• Janvi Jain sang the beloved film song 'Lag Jaa Gale' from the Movie ''Woh Kaun Thi' (Video)

Janvi Jain is a student at the Renaissance University. She sings the beloved film song 'Lag Jaa Gale' from the Movie Woh Kaun Thi. Please see also Youtube, and the lyrics of this song with English translation here.


• Please click here to see the ten press photos
• Please click here to see all 189 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day One
• Please click here to see the programme for the entire conference that we created together on Day One, and all 20 Dignilogue posters
• Please click here to see the four photos Chandra Siwakoti kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

•  Introduction into the frame for this conference, called 'Appreciative Enquiry', by Linda Hartling, Director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, Portland, Oregon (Video Particpants Watching | Video 2015 | Pdf 2014)

Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., Director of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network. Linda is also affiliated with the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) at the Stone Center, which is part of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Until 2008, she was its Associate Director.

Linda usually sets the frame of our workshops and conferences within 'Appreciative Enquiry' that takes the best from the concept of debate, and dignifies it by placing relationships first. We create a list of agreed upon norms having to do with the nature and tone of our dialogue.

It is important to note that our appreciative frame is a HumanDHS-defined version of AI. We emphasize 'waging good conflict' (Jean Baker Miller). We believe that diverging opinions and perspectives need to be expressed and not avoided, because diversity enriches. However, diversity only enriches if embedded into mutual connection and appreciation. If not harnessed lovingly and caringly, diversity has the potential to humiliate, divide, create hostility, foster hatred, and even violence. In the spirit of our vision, we, the HumanDHS network, wish therefore to avoid the latter, and instead open a space of common ground and mutually caring connections, a space for the safe expression of even the deepest differences and disagreements, and the toughest issues of humiliation, trauma, and injustice to be aired safely.

Please see also:
•  Our Appreciative Frame, created on 12th August 2012 for our 2012 Norway Conference
•  Our Open Space Dignilogue Format, created on 12th August 2012 for our 2012 Norway Conference
•  Our Appreciative Frame, created in December 2014 for our 2014 New York Workshop (Pdf)
•  Appreciative Enquiry 4, a video that was recorded on May 27, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Linda Hartling, for the 25th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, in Kigali, Rwanda, June 2 – 5, 2015.
•  Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, created by Linda Hartling on October 10, 2015, for the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 3 – 4, 2015.


• Please click here to see the ten press photos
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• Please click here to see the four photos Chandra Siwakoti kindly took
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• Who We Are: Our Global Dignity Family (Video)
Introduction to the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network and World Dignity University (WDU) initiative, by Evelin G. Lindner, Founding President of HumanDHS and Co-founder of the WDU initiative


• Please click here to see the ten press photos
• Please click here to see all 189 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day One
• Please click here to see the programme for the entire conference that we created together on Day One, and all 20 Dignilogue posters
• Please click here to see the four photos Chandra Siwakoti kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

•  Participants got to know each other (Video)

Always two participants who did not know each other (well) sat together and tried to learn as much as possible about the other in a few minutes. Then, each made a creative name tag for the other. Then each presented their conversation partner to the plenum.

•  Participants then presented their conversation partner to the plenum (Video)



• Please click here to see the ten press photos
• Please click here to see all 189 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day One
• Please click here to see the programme for the entire conference that we created together on Day One, and all 20 Dignilogue posters
• Please click here to see the four photos Chandra Siwakoti kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

•  A student played guitar (see Video)


• Please click here to see the ten press photos
• Please click here to see all 189 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day One
• Please click here to see the programme for the entire conference that we created together on Day One, and all 20 Dignilogue posters
• Please click here to see the four photos Chandra Siwakoti kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

Pranjali Singh Parihar taught 'Kathak' dance to Nira Shahaf (Video)

•  Launch of the Dignilogue (Dignity + Dialogue) Sessions

•  Evelin Lindner Explained the Dignilogue Format
•  Linda Hartling Explained the Dignilogue Format

Created by Linda M. Hartling:
•  Dignilogue: An Introduction to Dignity + Dialogue
created on 31th May 2015
•  Introducing the Open Space Format to the HumanDHS Network, longer version created on 13th August 2012
•  Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, created on 10th October 2015 for our 2015 New York Workshop
•  Our Open Space Dignilogue Format, created on 12th August 2012 for our 2012 Norway Conference
•  See also A Summary of Our Dignilogue Format created in 2010 for you to download
•  See also Appreciative Facilitation: Hints for Dignilogue Moderators, written in February 2006 by Judith Thompson to support the Moderators of our workshops

For the past decade, we have continuously worked to dignify the traditional institution 'conference'. The Open Space movement originally started from the observation that after mainstream academic conferences, the participants, when asked, often say: 'Oh, I slept through the presentations, but the coffee breaks were wonderful!' In other words, the motivating impetus behind the Open Space approach is that academic conference can be rather boring; invited speakers might not be in tune with the audience; and reading papers aloud may be particularly uncommunicative. The creators of the Open Space approach thought: 'Ok, why don't we create conferences that are structured like coffee breaks!' Please read more about the originator of the Open Space Technology, Harrison Owen. See also Open Space Tools by Peggy Holman.

In slight variation of traditional conferences, we therefore aim at co-creating our conferences. We have adapted the Open Space approach, added the term dialogue, and connected it with dignity to form the expression Dignilogue (see also our Video page for how peace linguist Francisco Gomes de Matos has inspired this linguistic creation). You can see an Introduction into the Dignilogue Sessions Format created by Linda M. Hartling on 12th August 2012, for our 2012 Norway Conference, or read more about the Dignilogue format and what it entails. See also Linda's Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, created on 10th October 2015 for the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict at Columbia University in New York City.

This format is very open, it means that a conference is self-organizing. We take a highly collaborative approach to determining how to use our time. We invite participants to be with us without the ambition to 'present' something, so that we all could get a feel for the dignity-family-building work that we wish to nurture first and foremost. So, the workshop requires its participants to bring themselves as they are, be prepared for everything, and use the flow to contribute in the most nurturing way they can. As background reading you might enjoy 'Are College Lectures Unfair?' by Anne Murphy Paul, The New York Times, September 12, 2015, or When Nothing Is Cool by Lisa Ruddick, Criticism, 2015.

The Dignilogue approach allows for identifying priorities for dialogue sessions on key topics. In practice, on Day One of our conference, we, the participants, make the programme for Day Two and Day Three together, in a collaborative effort. All participants are both presenters and audience, there is no separation, there is no pre-planned programme, except for the introductory part (and the Public Event). We are aware that this approach is new to most people, yet, it opens new dimensions. We invite every participant to join in and try. It has an profoundly dignifying impact and, as our participants always tell us afterwards.

The grand finale of each Dignilogue session is to invite representatives from each Dignilogue to create a Dignivideo, where they document the highlights of their conversation and insights, and more than that, formulate a 'message to the world' as it has cristallized in the dignilogue. These videos are treasured contributions to our World Dignity University Library of Ideas that will be shared with the world and will inspire future generations of our community. Please read about the way we work in our newsletter10.

There are two main ways to conduct our WDU videos:
1. Each group can choose two representatives (usually the initiator chooses one participant in the group) and they engage in a short dialogue (example). Advantage: the message may be clearer.
2. The entire group can stand in front of the camera (example). Advantage: everybody is being included.

We always encourage all participants of our events to nurture mutually dignifying connections with the other participants and gather together afterwards to experiment with new forms of 'conferencing' wherever you live in the world. New solutions are necessary and they need to be nurtured in dignified ways, ways which protect them from being destroyed by being framed in old paradigms (such as those of protest that simply ends in new dominators taking over). See our reflections on appreciative nurturing, or Charles Eisenstein's Reflections on the New Story Summit, or Evelin's text Is it Possible to 'Change the World'? Some Guidelines to How We Can Build a More Decent and Dignified World Effectively: The Case of Dignifying Abusers.

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Dr. Amita Neerav sang the beloved film song 'Dil Ka Diya Jala Ke Gaya' and then spoke on dignity (Video)

Preparing the Dignilogues (Video)


• Please click here to see the ten press photos
• Please click here to see all 189 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day One
• Please click here to see the programme for the entire conference that we created together on Day One, and all 20 Dignilogue posters
• Please click here to see the four photos Chandra Siwakoti kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference


This is the programme that we co-created on Day One for the entire three days of the workshop, adapting it flexibly throughout those days. Thank you, dear Avi Shahaf and Yashasvi Dhand, for making such a great programme poster! Please click here to see more photos.

Dignilogue facilitators introduced their topic

See the videos of the introductions into the Dignilogues, from left top to right bottom:
• 13 Vinita Raj Explained her Dignilogue Topic
• 14 Nira Shahaf Explained her Dignilogue Topic
• 15 Mamta Siwakoti Explained her Dignilogue Topic
• 16 Mike Morgan Explained his Dignilogue Topic
• 17 Shashi Kumar Explained his Dignilogue Topic
• 18 Chandra Siwakoti Explained his Dignilogue Topic
• 19 Navneet Dubey Explained his Dignilogue Topic
• 20 Avi Shahaf Explained his Dignilogue Topic
• 21 Katyayani Singh Explained her Dignilogue Topic
• 22 Dr. Rajesh Dixit Explained his Dignilogue Topic
• 23 Donna T. Fujimoto Explained her Dignilogue Topic
• 24 Parth Jain Explained his Dignilogue Topic


 

Dr. Atul Bhat sang two beloved film songs (Video)

Dignilogue 1: Dignity and Humiliation (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue | Video of the Dignilogue | WDU message)

Vinita Raj is a coordinator at the Renaissance-Indira Group of Institutions.

'Message to the World' for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, Vinita Raj and Katyayani Singh



The following Dignilogue topics were suggested prior to the conference, yet, due to various reasons, did not materialise:

Humiliation - An Extreme Emotion Leading to Extreme Behavior? ​Understanding​ ​the​ Victim Agency and Choice

Yashpal Jogdand is Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Yashpal’s research interest lie at the intersection of social and political psychology. He is particularly interested in studying how people experience (e.g. stigma, discrimination, stereotype threat, shame, rejection, humiliation) and manage/challenge (e.g. by engaging in false consciousness, individual mobility, social creativity, collective action) the issues arising from devalued identity.
Abstract: Humiliation - an extreme emotion leading to extreme behavior? ​Understanding​ the​ victim agency and choice, social psychological research conceptualizes humiliation as an extreme and intense emotion which instigates extreme and irrational behaviors. Victims of humiliation are portrayed as lacking rational control and prone to violent, vengeful actions. I contest this view of humiliation and its victims. I argue that these intense/extreme accounts present a narrow view of humiliation and ignore its inherently relational or dynamic nature. Importantly, these accounts pathologise victims and undermine their efforts to manage/challenge humiliation in everyday life. I present data from several studies employing different methods (thematic analysis, experiments, and discourse analysis). These studies examined the experience and response to humiliation among Dalits (ex-Untouchables) in India (and also among university students in UK for comparative purposes). I show that humiliation is, in fact, a social encounter within power relations. The nature of humiliation and how it is experienced depends upon the way in which identities are defined in a humiliating encounter. If identities are defined on a group level, people can feel humiliated simply by witnessing humiliation of another group member. Furthermore, the studies also revealed that victims do not remain passive during humiliating encounters but possess the choice and agency to affect the outcome of these encounters. Finally, the way in which humiliating encounters are resolved depend upon the mobilisation processes which can even change the nature of identities and, therefore, the nature of experience of the encounter.

Global Peace, Dignity & Sustainability for Sustainable Future

Prof. Dr. Subhash Chandra is Associate Professor (Hon.) at the Intercultural Open University (IOU), NL, and GHA Ambassador of Peace and Disarmament from Harmony in India: 'Dignity means a sense of self-respect and self-worth, physical and psychological integrity and welfare of humankind'.
Abstract: The world has been transformed into a global village. Globalization is having a major impact not only on the business world but also on the whole humanity. Globalization is the process by which all peoples and communities come to experience an increasingly common economic, social and cultural environment for creating common good for all. Is Globalization good or bad? Global recession, poverty, conflict & violence, climate change and human rights & human dignity became the most important challenges due to the process of Globalization in 21st century. [read more]

Gender Equality, Dignity and Women’s Empowerment

Ls Ashok Bala, Chartered President of the Lioness Club International, NewDelhi, India, and Project Secretary (Hon.) of the World Peace & Cultural Centre (WPCC) in Ujjain, India: 'Dignity means a sense of self-respect and self-worth, physical and psychological integrity and women’s empowerment for myself and for all others in the society'.
Abstract: Our modern society is driven by a culture of violence & materialism while the whole of human life is in a state of turmoil due to conflicts, violence& intolerance in the society. At present, we are living in fast changing, modernizing and globalizing society with mix population – different religions, race, culture, faith, etc. in modern age which is known as age of materialism and globalization in 21st century. [read more]

Workplace Bullying: Clinical and Organizational Perspectives

Dr. Judith Balcerzak, MSW, PhD, LCSW, author of the 2015 book Workplace Bullying: Clinical and Organizational Perspective: Dignity means respect and tolerance for others whether those others are like us or not. It includes treating others as we would like to be treated and embracing diversity. Dignity includes compassion for those who have not been as fortunate as we have been. Finally, dignity means freedom from fear of humiliation, degradation, harassment, and discrimination.

Madness-in-Dignity and Dignity-in-Madness: Transforming Madness for Dignified Existence

David Yau Fai Ho and Irene Ng
By the blessing of circumstance, David Yau Fai Ho is a passionate author. In separation, being a professor of clinical psychologist steeped in a bilingual-bicultural background, experiencing glimpses of enlightenment, or having episodes of 'madness' may not be that uncommon. But the confluence of all these is rare, if not unique.
What has madness got to do with dignity? This Dignilogue will serve to provide an answer: Everything! The world has long wanted to expunge madness from dignified existence. But is it possible? And even if the answer is yes, which I doubt, is it desirable? First we must make a distinction between malignant versus benign madness. Malignant madness causes suffering to the sufferer and those around him. If wedded to evil, as in the case of Hitler and his gang of psychopaths, it has no redeeming value; it serves only to magnify suffering and threaten dignity. Benign madness is devoid of evil and may be harnessed to enhance dignified existence. How? I will draw on my first-hand experiences to illustrate how this may be done. These experiences are described in Enlightened or Mad? A Psychologist Glimpses in Mystical Magnanimity published by Dignity Press in 2014.

Irene Ng is a specialist in children’s literature. What better way is there to nurture dignity than to begin early in life, she asks? Irene has heard a great deal of lofty things about the HDHS group from David Ho. Naturally, she is eager to meet these DigniFriends with anticipation.

DigniDance

David Yau Fai Ho and Irene Ng
By the blessing of circumstance, David Yau Fai Ho is a passionate author. In separation, being a professor of clinical psychologist steeped in a bilingual-bicultural background, experiencing glimpses of enlightenment, or having episodes of 'madness' may not be that uncommon. But the confluence of all these is rare, if not unique.
Originally trained under a professional DanceMoverment therapist, David has branched out to develop what he calls Dynamic Relaxation and Meditation (DRM) in recent years. DRM integrates music, movement, dance, meditation, Chinese qigong and martial arts into a unique method for promoting health in mind, body, and spirit (also described in Enlightened or Mad?). In this presentation, David will perform his interpretive DigniDance to music that dignifies the soul. (The presentation may be as short as 5-15 minutes. The equipment required must include a CD player. I will bring my own CDs. The venue has to be “big enough” to accommodate a dance performer.)
Please see: Expressive Dance to Music: A Royal Road to Holistic Health

End of Day One





 

Thursday, 17th August 2017, Workshop Day Two

 

Welcome


This is the programme that we co-created on Day One for the entire three days of the workshop, adapting it flexibly throughout those days. Thank you, dear Avi Shahaf and Yashasvi Dhand, for making such a great programme poster! Please click here to see more photos.


• Please click on the photo above or here to see all 254 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Two
• Please click here to see the 197 photos that Amit Singh kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference!

Dignilogue 2: Human Dignity Advancement in Organisations (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue on Day One | Video of the Dignilogue | WDU Message)

How can we enroll more and more organisations all over the world to be more aware and committed to the value of human dignity, and to agree to invest resources in programmes whose aim is to advance human dignity?
How can we make the challenge of taking human dignity more attractive to managers?

Avi Shahaf was born (1951) and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He completed his BA in Sociology and Anthropology and his MA in Organizational Development – both in Tel Aviv University. Avi Shahaf has been dedicating most of his adult life to working as an organizational consultant who specializes in facilitating processes for advancing human dignity in different organizations. For seven years, Avi managed an institute which focused on the development of managers and workers handling youth at risk. [read more]

'Message to the World' for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, Avi Shahaf and Rachana Ghadge

The participants thanked Nira and Avi Shahaf

 


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• Latest News

•  Lunch




• Please click here to see all 254 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Two
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Dignilogue 3: Who Gets to Say Who I Am? Identity and Dignity (Deaf and Other Perspective) (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue on Day One | Video of the Dignilogue | WDU Message with Dr. Rajesh Dixit | WDU Message with Evelin Lindner)

Michael W. Morgan has been involved with helping the Deaf to get access to university-level courses in India, Ethiopia, and elsewhere. He is proud of having been able to help in the Supreme Court case in Nepal giving the Deaf the right to obtain a drivers' license. He gave us 'hearing' people a sense of the Deaf culture, and the challenges they face. [read more]

'Message to the World' for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, Michael W. Morgan and Dr. Rajesh Dixit

'Message to the World' for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, Michael W. Morgan and Evelin Lindner

Dignilogue 4: Intercultural Communication Awareness Raising (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue on Day One | Video of the Dignilogue | WDU Message)

Donna Fujimoto is Associate Professor at Osaka Jogakuin College in Osaka, Japan where she teaches English as a Foreign Language, Intercultural Communication and Human Rights courses. She was born in the U.S. and has lived in Japan for over 26 years, and this experience prompted her to organize a study group of other long-term Nikkei residents of Japan (Nikkei means people of Japanese heritage). Donna has been in the field of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for over 30 years, and she has an M.A. from the Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii, and is a doctoral candidate at Temple University, Japan. She is the Chair of the Intercultural Communication Interest Section of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), Co-Publicity Chair for the Pragmatics Special Interest Group of JALT (Japan Association of Language Teaching), Co-Program Chair of SIETAR Kansai chapter (Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research), and Coordinator of the Contrast Culture Method, an intercultural training group. She is currently involved in research on Conversation Analysis, Nikkei-related topics, Intercultural Communication and issues about racism and teachers in Japan. [read more]

'Message to the Word' for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, Donna T. Fujimoto and Vinita Raj

Donna T. Fujimoto sang a Japanese Song (Video)


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The students sang a Punjabi folk song (Video)

 


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Dr. Atul Bhat sang a beloved film song (Video)


• Please click here to see all 254 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Two
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The students were singing (Video)


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Dignilogue 5: Studies on Setting up a Nonkilling Index as an Approach to Nonviolence and Global Peace (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue on Day One | Video of the Dignilogue | WDU Message | Pdf)

Katyayani Singh is a research scholar pursuing research on the topic of nonkilling under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Anoop Swarup. See her Appreciative Introduction. Prof. Dr. Anoop Swarup builds on the work of Glenn D. Paige. She particularly needs the opinions of peace activists/peace thinkers. It would be of great help to her if interested peace thinkers were to fill out the survey.
Abstract: The genesis of this research in setting up a nonkilling global index has its roots in the Nonkilling paradigm, a unique approach to universal nonviolence and peace elaborated by Late Dr. Glenn D. Paige in his seminal work Nonkilling Global Political Science (2009). [read more]

'Message to the World' for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, Katyayani Singh and Evelin Lindner

Dr. Atul Bhat sang another beloved film song (Video)


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Mahendra Sharma and Anoop Swarup visited (Video)

Mahendra Sharma is a poet, and director of the Renaissance-Indira Group.
Thank you for bringing us your wonderful poetry, dear Mahendra Sharma!

Professor Dr. Anoop Swarup is Vice Chancellor at Shobhit University in Bophal, India. He is the recipient of the Presidential Award on Republic Day of India, 2003, and has extensive experience of over 30 years in key positions in public, private and not for profit sectors, including with the General Insurance Corporation (GIC) posted at Mumbai, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Bhopal, and London, the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) in 1985, Monash University in 2006 and UNSC at United Nations (UN) in 2007. Prof. Dr. Anoop Swarup builds on the work of Glenn D. Paige.
See Glenn Paige in our 2009 Dignity Conference in Hawai'i. We deeply honour his memory!
'A nonkilling shift simultaneously introduces concern for the whole and for the individual in international politics. The basic unit of nonkilling political analysis is the individual human being'. Glenn D. Paige (2009). Nonkilling Global Political Science, Center for Global Nonkilling, Hawai'i, USA.


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Thank you, dear Professor Swarup, for your wonderful gift of two important and lovely books!
1. Swarup, Anoop (Ed.), Give Nonviolence a Chance: The Journey of Neelakanta Radharkrishnan. New Delhi, Seattle: Konark
2. A book in Hindi titled Self-Meditation and Self-Expression

End of Day Two

 


 

Friday, 18th August 2017, Workshop Day Three

 

Welcome


This is the programme that we co-created on Day One for the entire three days of the workshop, adapting it flexibly throughout those days. Thank you, dear Avi Shahaf and Yashasvi Dhand, for making such a great programme poster! Please click here to see more photos.


• Please click here to see all 344 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Three
• Please click here to see the 229 photos that Amit Singh kindly took
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Dignilogue 6: Mamta Siwakoti
Humiliation and Dignity: Absolute and Universal or Relative in Nature
(Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue on Day One | Video of the Dignilogue | WDU Message)

Chandra Siwakoti
Human Dignity and Humiliation:
1. Minimizing/Reducing/Eliminating Humiliation and Protecting, Respecting, and Promoting Dignity
2. Dignity Is the Worth of Human Value
3. Dignity Is Protecting Human Behaviour
4. Self-Realisation
5. Not Harm Others

Mamta Siwakoti is a law student in her final year in the Kathmandu School of Law. See Mamta Siwakoti's Appreciative Introduction. Mamta is the daughter of Chandra Prasad Siwakoti, a human rights lawyer from Nepal. Both came together to the conference. See Chandra Siwakoti's Appreciative Introduction.

'Message to the World' for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, Mamta Siwakoti and Evelin Lindner

Dignilogue 7: Love, Poerty and Arts Make the World Dignified (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue on Day One | Video of the Dignilogue | WDU Message Hindi | WDU Message English)

• Dr. Rajesh Dixit is a poet, and the Principal of the Rennaissance College.

'Message to the World' for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, Dr. Rajesh Dixit and Dr. Amita Neerav Hindi / English (recorded on 17th September 2017)

Dignilogue 8: Problem of Manual Scavengers in India: The Story of Humiliation from Kanpur City (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue on Day One | Video of the Dignilogue Part 1 / Part 2 | Power Point | WDU Message)

Dr. Shashi Kumar is Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Rights, School For Legal Studies, of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, India. To him, dignity means 'human respect and protection of human rights and moral values. Free from humiliation and discrimination'.

'Message to the World' for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative, Shashi Kumar and Mike Morgan

Lunch



You see from left to right the most delicious vegetarian dishes! Thank you, dear Sunita Kasliwal, for explaining! Please click on the pictures to see the exlanations!
(1) shahi paneer masala, (2) white gravy paneer masala, and (3) yellow pulses


• Please click here to see all 344 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Three
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The students received chocolate! (Video)

Dignilogue 9: The Linkage Between Movement and Dignity (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue on Day One | Video of the Dignilogue itself inside the conference room | outside of the conference room)

Nira Shahaf is a dance therapist and psychotherapist in Israel. She came with her husband Avi Shahaf, the Director of Efshar - Organizational Development and Training, an organizational consultation company in Israel that facilitates human dignity advancement programs in organizations.

Pranjali Singh Parihar taught 'Kathak' dance to Nira Shahaf (Video)

Mamta Siwakoti sang a Nepalese song (Video)

The students were singing (Video)

Nira and Avi Shahaf sang a song from Israel (Video)

Dignilogue 10: Navneet Dubey: Why Does Everyone Behave So Different with Each Other? (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue on Day One)
• Parth Jain: Why Is Dignity Becoming Ego Nowadays? Impact of This on Society (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue on Day One | Video of the Dignilogue itself)

Parth Jain and Navneet Dubey are part of the International Batch of Students of Post Graduate Diploma in Management at the Indore-Indira Business School.

Saying Good-Bye to Nira and Avi Shahaf (Video)

Swapnil Kothari Visited with His Students (Video)


Evelin Lindner's Comments (Video)

 


Swapnil Kothari's Comments (Video)


Amol Mishra Rounded Up Day Three (Video)

 

End of Day Three

 

 

Public Function

Venue: Renaissance University, Sanwer Road, behind Aurobindo hospital, Gram Reoti, Indore-452015 (see map)
We will explore the urgent need for dignity in an age of globalisation

On GANDHi's Unique History-Changing Intent
Peace linguist Francisco Gomes de Matos from Recife, Brazil, Co-founder of ABA Global Education and author of Dignity - A Multidimensional View, in Dignity Press, 2013, sent this plea as a gift to the conference participants on 12th August 2017:

What was GANDHI's unique intent?
Resistance, creative and nonviolent

National dignity it helped implement
FREEDOM it was able to reinvent

To Human Rights it gave an ascent
Solidarity became a global sentiment

The power of peaceful language was evident
May all of Humankind, GANDHI's legacy orient

•  Welcoming everybody to the public event of our conference (Video)

•  Amol Mishra opened the Public Function as representative of the Renaissance University, the host, convener, and organiser of the conference (Video)

•  Swapnil Kothari greeted everybody as the Founder and Group Chairman of the Renaissance University, the host, convener, and organiser of the conference (Video)




• Please click here to see all 82 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Four
• Please click here to see the 216 photos that Amit Singh kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

•  Dignity in Times of Globalisation (Video)

Evelin Lindner, Founding President of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, and Co-Founder of the World Dignity University initiative


• Please click here to see all 82 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Four
• Please click here to see the 216 photos that Amit Singh kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

•  The Renaissance University honoured the participants who came from afar


These are the Appreciative Introductions of the participants

Please click on the images above or here to see all Introductions (with the contact information blackened for the protection of privacy)

See the videos of the Renaissance University honouring the participants who came from afar:
• 64 Honouring Donna T. Fujimoto
• 65 Honouring Mike Morgan
• 66 Honouring Chandra and Mamta Siwakoti
• 67 Honouring Shashi Kumar
• 68 Honouring Dr. Amita Neerav
• 69 Honouring Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 70 Honouring Vinita Raj
• 72 Honouring Evelin Lindner

•  The Renaissance University honoured the International Batch of Students of Post Graduate Diploma in Management who participated (Video)

Nikita Sukhyani, Md. Anas Khan, Navneet Dubey, Anand Chawla, Kushagra Agrawal, Nazeem Sheikh, Lokendra Singh Pawar, Raj Singh Rajawat, Sagar Jaiswal, Robin Raju, Pooja Shilaka, Darshana Parmar, Hina Grover, Parth Jain, Balvinder Singh Gambhir, Shyam Singh Chauhan, Gaurav Yadav, Rahul Padiyar, Mustafa Dharwala, Palash Ukey, Vishal Aldak

Please click on the images above or here to see all Introductions (with the contact information blackened for the protection of privacy)


• Please click here to see all 82 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Four
• Please click here to see the 216 photos that Amit Singh kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

•  The Renaissance University honoured the students of the Renaissance College who supported the conference (Video)

 


• Please click here to see all 82 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Four
• Please click here to see the 216 photos that Amit Singh kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

 

• The Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Network honoured participants

See the videos of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Network honouring participants:
• 73 Honouring Amol Mishra
• 74 Honouring Swapnil Kothari
• 75 Honouring Dr. Amita Neerav and Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 76 Honouring Vinita Raj
• 77 Honouring Pooja Upadhaya Vyas
• 78 Honouring Sarabjeet Singh Bharaj (also on 27th September 2017!)
• 79 Honouring DeepakTripathi
• 80 Honouring Menika Soni Jadon
• 81 Honouring Rachana Ghadge



•  Saying Good-Bye

 

•  Amol Mishra sings a beloved film song (Video)


• Please click here to see all 82 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Four
• Please click here to see the 216 photos that Amit Singh kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

•  Dr. Amita Neerav sings a beloved film song Kisi Ki Yaad Mein Dunia Ko Hai Bhilaaye Hue (Video)


• Please click here to see all 82 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Four
• Please click here to see the 216 photos that Amit Singh kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference



 Please click here to see all 82 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Four
• Please click here to see the 216 photos that Amit Singh kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

Closing of the Public Funtion with a Wonderful Lunch

 


 

List of Participants
If you wish to participate in future conferences, please email us!

Still photos
The still photos come in several web galleries. We so much thank Amit Singh, Donna T. Fujimoto, Amita Neerav, Mike Morgan, Suraj Pillai, and many others for taking such lovely photos!

Day One, Wednesday, 16th August 2017
• Please click here to see the ten Press photos
• Please click here to see all 189 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day One
• Please click here to see the programme for the entire conference that we created together on Day One, and all 20 Dignilogue posters
• Please click here to see the four photos Chandra Siwakoti kindly took
• Please click here to see the four photos Vinita Raj took of Evelin getting her hair in order...

Day Two, Thursday, 17th August 2017
• Please click here to see all 254 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Two
• Please click here to see the 197 photos that Amit Singh kindly took

Day Three, Friday, 18th August 2017
• Please click here to see all 344 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Three
• Please click here to see the 229 photos that Amit Singh kindly took

Day Four, Saturday, 19th August 2017
• Please click here to see all 82 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Four
• Please click here to see the 216 photos that Amit Singh kindly took

All of the conference
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

Dr. Deepak Tripathi
Deepak Tripathi was the inspirer of this conference. Please see his book A Journey through Turbulence in Dignity Press. See also his 2013 book Imperial Designs: War, Humiliation and the Making of History (Washington, DC: Potomac).

Swapnil Kothari
Swapnil Kothari is the Founder and Chairman of the Renaissance-Indira Group of Institutions, with the Renaissance University as a new addition since the month of August 2017. Congratulations! This conference was the first event of this university. On the fourth day of the conference, on 19th August 2017, the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network honoured Swapnil Kothari for his dignified and dignifying generosity in hosting this conference.

Sarabjeet Singh Bharaj
Sarabjeet Singh Bharaj is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Renaissance-Indira Group of Institutions.


This photo was taken on 26th July 2017

• Amol Mishra
Amol Mishra is the Director of Public Relations at the Renaissance-Indira Group of Institutions.

• Dr. Rajesh Dixit
Dr. Rajesh Dixit is a poet, and the Principal of the Rennaissance College.



Thank you, dear Dr. Rajesh Dixit, for translating several of the poems we have gathered on our Quotes page into Hindi!
Here is Practicing the Complex Yes by Kim Stafford:

Complex Yes in Hindi
Please click on the picture above to see it larger

Practicing the Complex Yes, by Kim Stafford:

When you disagree with a friend,
a stranger, or a foe, how do you
reply but not say simply No?
For No can stop the conversation
or turn it into argument or worse —
the conversation that must go on, as a river
must, a friendship, a troubled nation.
So may we practice the repertoire
of the complex yes:
Yes, and in what you say I see…
Yes, and at the same time…
Yes, and what if…?
Yes, I hear you, and how…?
Yes, and there's an old story…
Yes, and as the old song goes…
Yes, and as a child told me once…
Yes. Yes, tell me more. I want to understand…
and then I want to tell you how it is for me…
— Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford's note to us... Please feel free to use my humble poem, which was based on a conversation with two mediator friends in Alaska, where we started with the recognition we must banish two words from our conversations with those who disagree: "No" and "But." Instead, we proceed in the musical key of "Yes" and "And...."

• Dr. Amita Neerav
Dr. Amita Neerav is a thinker, author, blogger, and journalist at NaiDunia, Indore, India.

• Avi Shahaf and his wife Nira Shahaf
Avi Shahaf is the Director of Efshar - Organizational Development and Training, an organizational consultation company in Israel that facilitates human dignity advancement programs in organizations.

Nira Shahaf is a dance therapist and psychotherapist.

Donna T. Fujimoto
Donna T. Fujimoto is Associate Professor at Osaka Jogakuin College in Osaka, Japan.

• Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan has been involved with helping the Deaf to get access to university-level courses in India, Ethiopia, and elsewhere. He is proud of having been able to help in the Supreme Court case in Nepal giving the Deaf the right to obtain a drivers' license. He gave us 'hearing' people a sense of the Deaf culture, and the challenges they face.

• Chandra Prasad Siwakoti
Chandra Prasad Siwakot is a human rights lawyer from Nepal, and he came with his daughter Mamta Siwakoti, a law student in her final year in the Kathmandu School of Law. See Chandra Siwakoti's Appreciative Introduction.

• Mamta Siwakoti
Mamta Siwakoti is a law student in her final year in the Kathmandu School of Law. See Mamta Siwakoti's Appreciative Introduction.

• Prof. Dr. Anoop Swarup
Prof. Dr. Anoop Swarup is Vice Chancellor at Shobhit University in Bophal, India. He is the recipient of the Presidential Award on Republic Day of India, 2003, and has extensive experience of over 30 years in key positions in public, private and not for profit sectors, including with the General Insurance Corporation (GIC) posted at Mumbai, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Bhopal, and London, the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) in 1985, Monash University in 2006 and UNSC at United Nations (UN) in 2007. Prof. Dr. Anoop Swarup builds on the work of Glenn D. Paige.


Thank you, dear Professor Swarup, for your wonderful gift of two important and lovely books!
1. Swarup, Anoop (Ed.), Give Nonviolence a Chance: The Journey of Neelakanta Radharkrishnan. New Delhi, Seattle: Konark
2. A book in Hindi titled Self-Meditation and Self-Expression
See Glenn Paige in our 2009 Dignity Conference in Hawai'i. We deeply honour his memory!
'A nonkilling shift simultaneously introduces concern for the whole and for the individual in international politics. The basic unit of nonkilling political analysis is the individual human being'. Glenn D. Paige (2009). Nonkilling Global Political Science, Center for Global Nonkilling, Hawai'i, USA.
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• Mahendra Sharma
Mahendra Sharma is a poet, and director of the Renaissance-Indira Group

• Katyayani Singh
Katyayani Singh is a research scholar pursuing research on the topic of nonkilling under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Anoop Swarup. See her Appreciative Introduction. Prof. Dr. Anoop Swarup builds on the work of Glenn D. Paige. She particularly needs the opinions of peace activists/peace thinkers. It would be of great healp to her if interested peace thinkers were to fill out the survey.

• Dr. Shashi Kumar
Dr. Shashi Kumar is Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Rights, School For Legal Studies, of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, India. See his Appreciative Introduction.

• Vinita Raj
Vinita Raj is a coordinator at the Renaissance-Indira Group of Institutions.

See also the wonderful poem that Vinita Raj's husband Dr. Rajkumar Arunachalam shared with us. She kindly wrote (on 19th August 2017): Dear Evelin, Here is the poem that my husband wrote and which matches your concept of living globally. However he could extend it to whole of India, despite so much of diversity. Name is of India but feelings in the poem are universal. He had a great wish that it should be read to you. Thanks & Regards. Vinita Raj

 



This picture with dear Vinita and her husband was taken on 29th July 2017. See also Facebook.


'WE ARE INDIA'
We are not proud to be an Indian!
We are proud of ourselves!
We are not proud of our language.
We are proud of whatever we speak.
We are not proud of our religion.
We are proud of whatever we realize.
We are not proud of our native place.
We are proud of the place wherever we live.
We are not proud of our customs and practice.
We are proud of whatever we practice.
Those differences never drove our journey.
Those passions always held us in our journey.
Life and Land are indeed interrelated.
Life may come from a different world.
But the Material Substance for Life comes
from the Soil and Sand of this land.
Everyone is made up of Soil and Sand from their land.
Being genuine to ourselves means genuine to our land too.
Being proud of ourselves means proud of our land too.
That is why?
We are not proud to be an Indian.
We are proud of ourselves.
We are proud to be a tiny part of India.
And we are India!
Happy Independence Day 'INDIA'!
- Raj
Dr. Rajkumar Arunachalam
NOTE: WE included (Vinita, Kaelyn & Raj)

• Dr. Atul Bhat
Dr. Atul Bhat is a dentist and an accomplished singer. He was kindly brought to the conference by Vinita Raj.

• Dr. Rachana Ghadge
is part of the faculty at the Renaissance College.

• Pooja Upadhaya Vyas
Pooja Upadhaya Vyas is part of the faculty at the Renaissance College.

• Pranjali Singh Parihar
Pranjali Singh Parihar is a student at the Renaissance College, kindly offering her support to the conference.

•  Yashasvi Dhand
Yashasvi Dhand is student at the Renaissance College, who kindly offered her support to all participants.

• Tejas Kumar
Tejas Kumar is a student at the Renaissance College, who kindly offered his support to all participants.

The International Batch of Students of Post Graduate Diploma in Management who participated (Video)

See the Appreciative Introductions of Nikita Sukhyani, Md. Anas Khan, Navneet Dubey, Anand Chawla, Kushagra Agrawal, Nazeem Sheikh, Lokendra Singh Pawar, Raj Singh Rajawat, Sagar Jaiswal, Robin Raju, Pooja Shilaka, Darshana Parmar, Hina Grover, Parth Jain, Balvinder Singh Gambhir, Shyam Singh Chauhan, Gaurav Yadav, Rahul Padiyar, Mustafa Dharwala, Palash Ukey, Vishal Aldak





Please click on the images above or here to see all Introductions (with the contact information blackened for the protection of privacy)

Dan Baron
Dan Baron planned to speak to us via Skype or video from the Brazilian Amazon, and invite us to our 2019 conference there.
The plan is that Dan talks via video connection from Brazil on the Arts-based Pedagogical Work in the Amazonian North of Brazil that he and his partner Mano Souza conduct in Brazil.

Earlier, Dan had shared with us the story of Alexandre and how he was executed in his wheelchair. See Alexandre in the picture on the left. Click on the pictures or here to see more photos. See the videos made in Brazil when Evelin spent time there in June 2012. See also Evelin's Digniventure reflections.

Dan Baron Cohen
Dan Baron, please click on the picture to see it larger.
Monument
The Castanheiras of Eldorado dos Carajas 1999 (10m x 15m x 25m), please click on the picture to see it larger.

Military police is moved to sing in the school of the assassinated art educator Maria Silva, 24th August, NovaIpixuna, Para, Amazonia. Please click on the picture to see it larger. See also Colheita em Tempos de Seca or Harvest In Times of Draught, a CD that provides a celebration of the Amazon as a source of human values and rich popular culture, by those who live both everyday. But it also reminds of its vulnerability. It is an inspiring resource for all educators and communities who seek a sustainable future

Daniel Baron is a playwright, community-based arts-educator and cultural activist, presently living and working in Marabá, in the Amazonian state of Pará, northern Brazil. He studied English Literature at Oxford University where he did doctoral research into theatre as popular education. After a decade of community theatre and mural collaborations dedicated to conflict transformation and social justice with excluded communities in Manchester (Northern England) and Derry (North of Ireland), in 1994 Dan accepted a permanent post in theatre and popular education at the University of Glamorgan, in Wales. He left Wales in 1998 to collaborate as a Visiting Professor at the State University of Santa Catarina and has been collaborating with communities within the Landless, Indigenous, Trade Union and University movements of Brazil ever since. His Pedagogy of Transformance emerged through these collaborations and dialogues with other cultural movements in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Two national awards in 2008 and 2010 from the Ministry of Culture and a national UNICEF award in 2011 allowed Dan to accept an invitation to live and collaborate with the Afro-Indigenous community of Cabelo Seco ('dry hair'), founding community of the city of Marabá, in the quest to develop sustainable communities through living popular culture.
Between 2004-10 Dan was the President of IDEA (International Drama/Theatre and Education Association), and Coordinator of the World Alliance for Arts Education between 2006-2010. He is a member of the World Council of the World Social Forum.

Dan wrote from Cabelo Seco ('dry hair'), in Marabá, southeast of Pará, in the Amazonian north of Brazil, on 22nd August 2011:
Good morning from the Amazon! On this world day of action against the building of the hydro-electric plant, Belo Monte, on the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon (to be the third largest plant in the world), with unpredictable, irreversible sociocultural and environmental damage in the region which will impact on all of our lives, we present two songs...
- Alerta Amazonia (Zequinha de Cabelo Seco)
- Clamor popular (Zequinha de Cabelo Seco)
- See the booklet of songs from the Brazilian Amazon which includes the translation of Alerta Amazonia (from the Transformance Archive)
Both songs have emerged in Cabelo Seco, an afro-indigenous community on the periphery of Marabá, Pará, where we live and work. The riverside community is already suffering serious consequences of the large dams completed in the past two years. The songs have been developed by our friend, project collaborator and art-educator Zequinha de Cabelo Seco, inside our project Backyards of Cultural Solidarity. We hope they contribute to the broadening of the international quest for a living, sustainable Pan-Amazônia.
Even if you don't understand the poetic lyrics, we believe you'll understand their emotions. Please write to us if you would like a translation, and feel free to use the songs in your own projects and community. Here are some links if you'd like more information:
www.avaaz.org/en/amazon_under_threat/
www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_amazon_a/?fp

Many thanks. An amazonian hug!
Dan Baron e Mano Souza
Cabelo Seco, Marabá
Institute Transformance/ABRA

Dan wrote on 23rd August 2011:
'The conference takes place during my final 5-day period of intensive writing (and type-setting of my new book 'Harvest in Times of Drought: a pedagogy of life for sustainable community', written with 50 rural, riverside and forest arts-educators), but I would like to make myself available for 90 minutes, if that works for you. Is there a definite open or closed space where I could share reflections on what we have learned from arts-based pedagogical work in response to the destruction of the Amazonian forests? I could speak very concretely on how a group of 50 teachers transformed a culture of collusion into an community-based ethics of co-responsibility, based on reflexive solidarity and cooperation. This could also connect to our response to the assassination of our student/grandmother/eco-pedagogue Maria Silva (on May 24). Alternatively, or within the same contribution, I could speak about our work with young people as cultural organizers and artists, transforming themselves, to transform their own afro-indigenous community, one of the poorest and allegedly most violent in Maraba, cradle of the 'industrialization of the Amazon'.

They were unfortunately hindered to be with us

• Sonalee Nargunde, professor in mass communication department at the State University of Indore, the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya University. She is the first PhD in media in Madhya Pradesh.

• Vani Chaturvedi, student of interior design

Yashpal Jogdand is Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Yashpal’s research interest lie at the intersection of social and political psychology. He is particularly interested in studying how people experience (e.g. stigma, discrimination, stereotype threat, shame, rejection, humiliation) and manage/challenge (e.g. by engaging in false consciousness, individual mobility, social creativity, collective action) the issues arising from devalued identity.

• Ajay Kumar

• Lenin Raghuvanshi

• Prof. Dr. Subhash Chandra is Associate Professor (Hon.) at the Intercultural Open University (IOU), NL, and GHA Ambassador of Peace and Disarmament from Harmony in India: 'Dignity means sense of self-respect and self-worth, physical and psychological integrity and welfare of humankind'. See his Appreciative Introduction.

• Ls Ashok Bala, Chartered President of the Lioness Club International, NewDelhi, India, and Project Secretary (Hon.) of the World Peace & Cultural Centre (WPCC) in Ujjain, India: Dignity means sense of self-respect and self-worth, physical and psychological integrity and women’s empowerment for myself and for all others in the society. See her Appreciative Introduction.

• Dr. Judith Balcerzak, MSW, PhD, LCSW, author of the 2015 book Workplace Bullying: Clinical and Organizational Perspectives. See her Appreciative Introduction.

Brandon Scott was raised by artist-activists in the New York City area, and Brandon has accumulated a wide array of experiences and skills. He has toured seemingly disparate cross-sections of the world, guided by an insatiable curiosity and valuing wisdom and understanding over ego-building and other acquisitive approaches to life. [read more]

Jeffrey Warner

 


 

Prior and Subsequent to our Conference


18th September 2017: Saying good-bye to Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.
See a tiny video:
Evelin Lindner Waving from the Dialogue Home of Dr. Rajesh Dixit and Dr. Amita Neerav
Thank you so much, dear Amita for so generously dressing Evelin up with YOUR wonderful clothes during the entire conference! And thank you, dear Vinita, for your loving interest in her long hair! And in her first official appearance in a sari! She apologises that she frightened everybody in the morning of Day Four with making a 'drama' of how difficult it is to wear a sari! She so much admires the women in India for wearing this most complicated attire! She learned that a sari can be worn in many different ways. The current fashion originates from the Tagore’s family who made an art of draping saris, at a time when Bengal and Kolkatta were still a cultural hub.
• Please click on the photo on the left or here to see the four photos Vinita Raj took of Evelin getting her hair in order...
• Please click on the other photos to see them larger.
Evening of Day Three, Friday, 18th August 2017
• Please click on the photo above or here to see all 23 pictures from Evelin's camera of the evening of Day Three
• Please click on the photos at the bottom or here to see the 5 photos that Amita Neerav kindly took
Morning of Day Three, Friday, 18th August 2017: On the way to the conference!
On the left side, you see Agrasen, a legendary Indian king (Maharaja) of Agroha, a city of traders. The Agrawal and Agrahari communities claim descent from him. He is credited with the establishment of a kingdom of traders in North India named Agroha, and is known for his compassion in refusing to slaughter animals in yajnas.
• Please click on the photo above or here to see all 63 pictures from Evelin's camera of the morning of Day Three

15th August 2017: What a WONDERFUL moment! Donna T. Fujimoto and Mike Morgan have arrived! And how wonderful that they find a home with our dear Dr. Rajesh Dixit and Dr. Amita Neerav!
• Please click on the photos above or here to see more pictures.



15th August 2017: What a WONDERFUL moment! Avi Shahaf arrived! And he met with dear Tejas Kumar Jain and Yashasvi Dhand!
• Please click on the photos above or here to see more pictures.

 


 

Dignilogue - Open Space and What It Entails

Introduction into the Open Space Format by Linda M. Hartling (created on 13th August 2012)
(see also Open Space Tools by Peggy Holman)

Donald Klein explained the Open Space design as follows (2006): It involves creating a kind of 'marketplace' of possibilities based on topics nominated by participants. The only requirement is that whoever nominates the topic, acts as the convener of the discussion of the topic and takes responsibility for having notes taken. A report is subsequently made about the essence of what was discussed, including any conclusions or recommendations, at a plenary session following the topic groups.
The Open Space design has the advantage of focussing on whatever is of greatest interest to participants at the moment. It allows for parallel discussion of multiple topics, followed by a period of sharing and general discussion.

Alan Klein kindly wrote (31/10/2005): One of the key elements in making an OS event successful is the focusing of the question that the participants respond to. Another is being clear about what will be done with the information presented and/or decisions made in the OS event itself.

I would like you all (and any others who should be involved in this as well) to begin thinking and dialoguing about what would be the most question that you would most like to see grappled with by the participants. This may or may not include a sense of the decision(s), or type of decision(s) that you want the participants to come to or you may decide that the OS event is just for gathering and focusing energy and not to some to any decisions.
Thanks,
~Alan

On 14th December, 2005, we had a Board Meeting in NY:
We discussed our Open Space Section. Don explained that we could have different levels, a more open and general level and a more focused level. At the more open level we would discuss what is on our minds, at the more focused level, we would form 'buzzgroups' on particular topics, such as business, research, education, fundraising, non-profit.

Don Klein kindly wrote (30/12/2005):
[...] The main point I recall dwelling on at some length had to do with deciding first on the content of a session and its purpose; then deciding what meeting technology to use. Open Space is often used when the purpose is to make it possible for individuals to focus on aspects of a general topic that are of special interest to them. The participants themselves choose what they want to discuss.  No one knows in advance how many groups there will be and what they'll be  discussing.
Buzz groups are used as a way to break a large meeting down into smaller sections (usually from six to twelve or so people). All the buzz groups can be assigned the same topic; or different buzz groups can be assigned different aspects of the same topic; or buzz groups may be divided among two or more different - usually related - topics.
The main point is to decide what is to be the topical focus and what outcomes are desired from a session.  Then pick the technique that promises to help us achieve the purpose.
Love, Don

Sophie Schaarschmidt kindly wrote (02/01/2006):
What I would suggest for a following workshop (and this is my very personal view) is to create discussion forums as open choices. The open space technology as I know it, and as it is used mainly in the field of training involves participants in a unique way. The first step is like an open brainstorm session involving all participants. In this session, participants can come up with a topic that they want to (present and) discuss. All topics are written down and similar topics might be combined into one topic. This process can happen either beforehand via email or a web-forum or at the workshop on a blackboard. Once the discussion topics are defined the person that proposed a certain topic would announce a time and a space when and where the topic will be discussed. In a full day of open-space, up to 50 topics could be discussed. People are free to join and leave a discussion. As a metaphor, people are like bees flying from one topic to another, participating in a discussion as long as it feeds their interest and taking the honey from it as well as contributing to it, and leaving the discussion when it takes a turn into a direction that they are less interested in or when they wish to participate in other discussions on other topics as well. Normally people take part in 3 to 10 discussions a day. Therefore, people are free to select the topics they are interested in and move to other discussions, as listener or both, listener and contributor. Each discussion group is also free in putting their time frame, and scheduling breaks. Of course, there should be a time frame for the open-space session, let's say it would take place from 1pm to 5pm in the afternoon. Yet, discussion groups can schedule their space (location), time frame (a discussion could last half an hour or three hours: as much as it takes to explore the issue) and breaks themselves. The only condition is that the discussion topic, its location and starting time will be announced (or written down on a public board) so that all participants know when which subject will be discussed where.
I participated twice in such an open-space session and I was very much impressed by its power and evolving possibilities. Not only were people more active, excited and engaged, taking little breaks, but also people felt they could gain and contribute most in this process. They felt they were free to choose which discussions to engage in, and it was an easy way to make contacts with those people interested and engaged in topics similar to one's own. By being able to set an own time frame discussions were deeper than usual, and by participants moving from one topic to another, joining (and making new contributions) or leaving a discussion the discussions stayed vivid and interesting, and many perspectives could be shared. At the end of a discussion each group filled in an A4 page which contained the title of the discussion group, a list of the names of the people who contributed in the discussion, and a summary of what was discussed (the main stances). All the discussion summaries can be combined to a book at the end of the conference providing people with a tremendous treasure of topics and insights.
Another advantage of the open-space technology (as I experienced it) is that people stay 'fresh' in the workshop. The discussion excites and revives people and forms a good basis for getting to know each other and going on with the discussions at a later time in the workshop (e.g. during lunch).
It might be worthy to try the open-space technology in a HumanDHS workshop meeting substituting the round table sessions, or in addition to them. The only difficulty I'm aware of might be that we would need many spaces (rooms) where the discussion groups could spread for their discussions.
[...]
Good luck for your work in 2006!
Yours warmly,
Sophie Schaarschmidt

Linda M. Hartling kindly wrote in response to a message from Carlos Sluzki (21/01/2006):
How do we maximize the quality of work together when we are a group of individuals with dramatically varying levels of experience? This is such an important topic I think we should discuss it at our next meeting in Costa Rica. Perhaps, we could use some of our Board meeting time to discuss this? In addition, perhaps we could use some of our 'open space' time to explore people's view of this dilemma? I suspect that all of us involved with the operations of this network share a desire to optimize our efforts, to move the work forward efficiently and effectively. When we use an all-inclusive format at our meetings, we risk back tracking and dealing with questions that have obvious answers (e.g., convincing some newer attendees of the significance humiliating behavior). (...) In the words of Peter Drucker, I would like to see our group create conditions that 'strengthen our effectiveness and make our weaknesses irrelevant'. But, how do we do this in a way that promotes the dignity of all the people who attend our meetings?  I'm trying to think of some examples of organizations that do this... perhaps, Linda Stout's Piedmont Peace Project? Not too long ago I read a book entitled, 'The Wisdom of Crowds', which I think is relevant to our questions about inclusion/exclusion. It
describes the conditions for 'wise crowds'. (Surowiecki, J. (2004). The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies, and Nations. New York: Doubleday.)

Don Klein kindly responded (28/01/2006):
I very much support the focus on where we want to go. Suggest working in interest groups part of the time: i.e., education, research, civic action, global community building. And include a way for groups to emerge around other areas of interest.  for that matter, if only one person had an
interest and wanted to develop it further and then share his/her thoughts with us, that might also be possible.
Love, Don

Don Klein kindly wrote (28/01/2006):
I'd like to offer some experiences with the network originally known as National Training Laboratories.  This network, begun around 1950, is sstill in existence today; it has changed, however, in ways that seem relevant to the issues raised.
The network originally was a group of 'originators' of theory and practice in the area of group dynamics.  Most of them had participated in the discovery of 'sensitivity groups' or the t=group method.  After almost a decade, the more experienced people in the network became Fellows, as distinct from ordinary Members of the network.  To admit someone to their membership, all the Fellows had to agree that the applicant's credentials merited inclusion in the Fellows.  During t his initial period, which lasted about ten years, selected members of the network participated as staff members of two and three-week training programs for the general public, using the t-group method.  An enormous amount of theory building took place as faculty spent three or four days preparing each of the training labs.  It should be noted that most of the network were academics engaged in one or another of the social sciences, in areas related to democratic participation in social change.  They were all motivated by their common passion and some of them felt that the two or three weeks they spent with their  colleagues from around the country were the most meaningful and exciting of the entire year.
In the 1960s, questions arose about the suitability of having a 'class' system in the network.  The Fellows were seen as an anti-democratic perversion of the ideals and purposes of NTL.  And so the Fellows class was discontinued.
At about the same time, financial difficulties led to a reorganization of NTL, which included dissolution of the existing netework and inviting a more diverse group (sex, race, and ethnically) to form a new network.  The theory and practice of Organization Development, meanwhile, had emerged and more and more of NTLs network members became engaged in OD practice, while fewer and fewer network members were engaged in academic pursuits.
In my view the social impact and creativity of the current network have been reduced by NTL's growing emphasis on operating profitably as a 'business'.
There is currently an upsurge (how strong we don't know) of those wishing to advocate working on participative ways to democratize our institutions and our society.  Some of the network members are placing an increased emphasis on creating an international network and of promoting global community.
A major point in all of this history for me is that there is no 'ideal' and certainly no 'absolute' way of resolving questions having to do with competency, interest, and inclusion.  Based on the above history, my inclination is to favor the 'class' system; i.s., creating a group of qualified researchers, practitioners, and policy shapers to work together to shape, participate in, and contribute knowledge and skills to the work of HDHS network, including those activities that enable it to raise money by grants, contracts, income from training programs, and contributions.
These comments are lengthy. I hope they're helpful.
Love,
Don

Linda M. Hartling kindly wrote (27/04/2006):
In terms of Open Space...I think we should have some of the same groups we had in Berlin, with room for a couple of new groups. For example, we could have an education group, a research group, a business group, etc. It would be helpful to have these key groups continue their discussions, rather than creating all new groups. Didn't we talk about having 'buzz groups', meaning groups addressing topics that people want to continue to move forward? The education, research, and business groups could be buzz groups.

The following Dignilogue topics were proposed in different conferences, yet, the facilitators are unable to come. The topics are listed here, because they might inspire you.

•  Giving Voices to the Environmentally Humiliated and Misrecognized: Nature and Women by Keitaro Morita (adapted from a similar presentation at the 9th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies in Hangzhou, China, 13th-16th April 2007)

•  Peace: A World History, by Antony Adolf (2009)

•  Native Hawaiian and Polynesian Communities, by Dharm P. S. Bhawuk and Neil Ryan Walsh (Neil was unfortunately hindered to join us) (2009)

•  Familiarization and Its Ways: Is Ragging/Bullying an Archaic Method of Interaction, by Harsh Agarwal(2009)

•  Humiliation and Dreams, a talk/session by Dakshinamoorthi Raja Ganesan (2009)

•  Asian Religious Worldviews and Alienation, and/or Alienation and Dreams, a talk/session by Dakshinamoorthi Raja Ganesan (2009)

•  Video Series of the Causes and Patterns of Humiliating Experiences Through Role Play by Dakshinamoorthi Raja Ganesan (2009)
D. Raja Ganesan kindly wrote on January 15, 2009: 'I take this opportunity to suggest that a video series of the causes and patterns of humiliating experiences through role play of well established principles of social psychology--both culture free and culture fair--through role play and simulation be taken under the auspices of our group'.

•  Intercultural Research, faciliated by International Academy of Intercultural Research (IAIR) researchers (2009)

•  The Role of Dignity and Humiliation for How We Relate to Other Animals by Michael W. Fox (2010)

 The Role of Human Dignity in Nepal by Chandra Prasad Siwakoti (2012)
Synergy in understanding between the occurrence of violence in Norway and Nepal will be explored.

• Between Conspiracy Theories and Madness by Katrine Fangen (2012)
Katrine Fangen, Ph.D., is a Professor in Sociology at the Department of Sociology of the University of Oslo. She has published several books and journal articles within the research-field of racism, national, political and ethnic identity, stigmatisation and youth subcultures. [read more]

• The Concept of Human Dignity in Indigenous Philosophies Project by Lars Kirkhusmo Pharo and Tashi Nyima (2012)

The Hubris Syndrome and Arabic Spring, by Wael Mohamed (2012)

The Peacefulness of Chinese Teenagers by Liu Bangchun (2012)

Humiliation, Stanislavsky and Consciousness by John Aspill (2012)

Ubuntu & the Gift Paradigm in Africa, by Bernedette Muthien (2013)
See an interview with Bernedette Muthien, 'Gender Based Violence in South Africa', 27th September 2012, conducted by Annika Schall.

I Apologise for Apartheid, by Ronèe Robinson (2013)
Ronèe Robinson wrote on 14th April 2013:
'Dear Evelin... I had an awesome day today in Worcester, where I attended a church service where some of the participants in the peace train spoke about their experiences. Afterwards two of the ladies who went on the train and met with Stefaans Coetzee were kind enough to have lunch with me. One of them worked as an intensive care nurse and another worked right across the shopping centre where the bomb went off. I listened spell bound as the nurse described the disbelief as the children were brought in, one little girl with her heart outside her body, and how she had to comfort young Dr Coetzee who wept hysterically because he could not save her. The other lady described the effect of the bomb blast and how she missed being injured because she decided against crossing the street, for some reason. 16 Years later, and through the Peace and Reconciliation process started by Dr Deon Snyman in Worcester, survivors of the bombing were on a train, sponsored by government, to meet with one of the bombers, Stefaans Coetzee. Having come to repentance in the prison (through the intervention of Eugene de Kock of all people) he was entirely honest with the people from Worcester. His honesty and the fact that he sought to make no excuses for himself led the people to accept his bona fides and they came to great healing. One man, who went there with the hope of doing Coetzee harm, left saying that, as far as he was concerned, Coetzee could now be set free. Today was all about hearing about people who walked a very real path of forgiveness, which they recognise as having set them free of a terrible burden of pain.
Healing was brought about by a number of factors, including the fact that, at last, these people experienced the government caring about them - the prison service did much to assist the process, even going so far as to escort the bus back from Pretoria to Johannesburg. They felt that they mattered, that they were somebody. But most importantly, I think it was that they came face to face with their monster, and then found with shock that he was just a human being who had, at one stage, gone very wrong. One lady now said that it was now time for the community to look after Stefaans! What a rich country we live in and what special people we have'.
Ronèe Robinson also sent us a message on the Die VroueMonumen, where her alma mater is gathered. She wrote: It 'is the most moving monument in the world, as far as I am concerned, to the effect of women in war. It is also a warning of what happens when the feminine strength gets repressed and denied. We would gather there once a year to celebrate the birthday of the school, which was founded by President Steyn after the war to create a woman that would stand as strong as a rock. Koningin Wilhelmina van de Nederlande gave the funds for the school, hence its name. The school went on to produce, among others, the first female advocate and first female judge of appeal in this country'.

Merle Lefkoff and Joy Stocke (2013)

Gay Rosenblum-Kumar made us aware of a speech by Brendan McAllister on The Quality of Our Attention (2013)

Michael Britton's suggestion for our 2014 Chiang Mai conference: The Art of Not Being Governed in Upland Southeast Asia
Michael Britton wrote (25 feb 2014): Dearest Evelin, I wish to send to you and Kjell and everyone involved in making this conference my very best wishes, and my deepest desire to be there with you all on what will be such a deeply moving, life-informing experience.
If there are any parts of it that can be videotaped, I am starting a public-access video program here in my home town to share things from other parts of the world that explain the world with deeper understanding and respect, so it would be wonderful to share whatever might be appropriate.
This conference comes at a time when I am reading The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott. In it he paints a picture of lowland civilizations/states developing in interaction with peoples living in the mountains and fleeing the states into the mountains, organizing their lives in such a way as to be beyond the power of the lowland states to incorporate them. He views this as a worldwide phenomenon, a dialectic of civilizations/states and places in which those who want no part of that enterprise preserve their own lives by living in the mountains, in the marshes, in a variety of 'difficult' geographies that in the past made them beyond the reach of the states. Yet now, today, the 'modern' states and corporations press everywhere to finish off the job of making everyone and every place part of their controlled domain.
I imagine that you are all right in the middle of just such a contesting of power and the right to live one's own ways unfettered by state or corporate power, though I do not know this for a fact. If so, this means you are all in the midst of a location of powerful spirituality. May this be a blessing to everyone in any way involved. I hear that you are guided by Kjell and that he is a man of great wisdom. Peace go with you all. May goodness flower all along your pathways! Michael

Kjell Skyllstad's suggestions for our 2014 Chiang Mai conference
• Women's Day: Gender equality - ending domestic violence
•  The ever growing problem of water and land grabbing disregarding traditional land and water rights, including the damming of rivers to the detriment of water flow and fisheries, driving people from their traditional settlements
•  The ever diminishing life space for minorities and refugees
•  The increasing threats to indigenous learning, traditions and culture
•  The gender inequality and ingrained traditions of family violence, male dominance, etc.
•  Our inability to effectively deal with humiliating living conditions in our growing urban sprawls
•  Social Photography for human dignity - Jeffrey Wilson
•  Promoting Land and Water Rights - Association for International Water Studies (FIVAS)
•  Artists Promoting Womens rights Deeyah - Filmshowing
•  Documentary Arts for Human Dignity - Deeyah
• Vanishing memories - Tribal Cultures in Danger - Exposition and talks with tribal elders - Victoria Vorreiter
Earthrights Foundation

How Restorative Justice can Dignify Society, by John Braithwaite (2015)

Human Dignity in Sri Lanka, by Amarnath Amarasingam (2015)

Proposing a ‘3Cs’ Roadmap for a Humane Society, by Dr. Atul Mehrotra, co-authored with Anoop Swarup (2015)

 


 

Papers

All participants are warmly invited to send in papers.
Please notify us, if you wish to submit any of your papers also as a book chapter or as a journal article.

Please see earlier submitted papers here:
• List of All Publications

Katyayani Singh and Anoop Swarup (2017)
Studies on Setting up a Nonkilling Index as an Approach to Nonviolence and Global Peace (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue | Video of the Dignilogue | WDU Message| Pdf)
Dignilogue facilitated on 17th August 2017, at the 29th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 'Dignity in Times of Globalisation', in Indore, India, 16th - 19th August 2017.

Mamta Siwakoti (2017)
Humiliation and Dignity: Absolute and Universal or Relative in Nature (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue | Video of the Dignilogue | WDU Message)
Dignilogue facilitated on 18th August 2017 at the 29th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 'Dignity in Times of Globalisation', in Indore, India, 16th - 19th August 2017.

Shashi Kumar (2017)
Problem of Manual Scavengers in India: The Story of Humiliation from Kanpur City (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue on Day One | Video of the Dignilogue Part 1 / Part 2 | Power Point | WDU Message)
Dignilogue facilitated on 18th August 2017, at the 29th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 'Dignity in Times of Globalisation', in Indore, India, 16th - 19th August 2017.

Michael W. Morgan (2017)
Who Gets to Say Who I Am? Identity and Dignity (Deaf and Other Perspective) (Video of the Introduction into the Dignilogue | Video of the Dignilogue | WDU Message with Dr. Rajesh Dixit | WDU Message with Evelin Lindner)
Dignilogue facilitated on 17th August 2017 at the 29th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 'Dignity in Times of Globalisation', in Indore, India, 16th – 19th August 2017.

Yashpal Jogdand (2017)
Humiliation - An Extreme Emotion Leading to Extreme Behavior? ​Understanding​ ​the​ Victim Agency and Choice
Contribution prepared for the 29th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 'Dignity in Times of Globalisation', in Indore, India, 16th - 19th August 2017.

Bala Ashok (2017)
Gender Equality, Dignity and Women’s Empowerment
Contribution prepared for the 29th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 'Dignity in Times of Globalisation', in Indore, India, 16th - 19th August 2017.

Subhash Chandra (2017)
Global Peace, Dignity & Sustainability for Sustainable Future
Contribution prepared for the 29th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 'Dignity in Times of Globalisation', in Indore, India, 16th - 19th August 2017.

 


 

Background material

•  Speaking to the topic of reservation, Linda Hartling shared this article with us: 'Even With Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges Than 35 Years Ago', by Jeremy Ashkenas, Haeyoun Park and Adam Pearce, New York Times, 24th August 2017.

•  The Dīn-i Ilāhī (Persian: دین الهی‎‎ lit. "Religion of God"] was a syncretic religion propounded by the Mughal emperor Akbar the Great in 1582 AD, intending to merge the best elements of the religions of his empire, and thereby reconcile the differences that divided his subjects. The elements were primarily drawn from Islam and Hinduism, but some others were also taken from Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism.

•  Can we build a world, where mothers do not have to sacrifice their sons as martyrs anymore?
Lata Mangeshkar sings Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo (Live Performance), see the lyrics.

•  Humiliation perpetrated in the name of spirituality:
- 'Exploitation: The Sex Lives of Godmen', by Mihir Srivastava, Open, 5th October 2013.
- 'Sex, scandals and spirituality: How Self-Styled Godmen Like Gurmeet Ram Rahim Have Courted Controversies', by Kritika Banerjee, India Today, New Delhi, 23rd August 2017.

•  Klaus Schlichtmann wrote (2017): Mahatma Gandhi said at the United Nations San Francisco Conference in 1945: “India stands for ... a world federation of free nations ... Such a world federation would ensure the freedom of its constituent nations, the prevention of aggression and exploitation by one nation over another, the protection of national minorities ... and the pooling of the world’s resources for the common good of all. On the establishment of such a world federation, disarmament would be practicable in all countries, national armies, navies and air forces would no longer be necessary, and a world federal defence force would keep the world peace ... An independent India would gladly join such a world federation... India in the ICIC, the predecessor of UNESCO, proposed the Panchayat system for our plan-et’s ‘Global Village’. (Wikipedia: The Panchayat raj is a South Asian political system found mainly in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, and Nepal. It is the oldest system of local government in the South Asia, and historical mentions date to the c. 250 AD period. The word raj means "rule" and panchayat means "assembly" (ayat) of five (panch). Traditionally panchayats consisted of wise and respected elders chosen and accepted by the local community. However, there were varying forms of such assemblies. Traditionally, these assemblies settled disputes between individuals and between villages.)

•  Gandhi Won’t Leave India, by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, New York Times, 14th August 2017.

•  Harsh Agarwal kindly wrote on 12th August 2017: 'I am glad to share with you a psychosocial study on ragging and bullying in India that I have been working on for the past several years. The study was mandated by the Supreme Court of India and has been made public recently.

•  'Madhya Pradesh Bans Plastic/Polythene Bags from May 1', PTI, The Economic Times, 11th April, 2017.

•  'Ganges and Yamuna Rivers Granted Same Legal Rights As Human Beings', by Michael Safi, The Guardian, 21st March 2017.

•  'When Rivers Hold Legal Rights', by Shannon Biggs, Earth Island Journal, 17th April 2017. New Zealand and India recognize personhood for ecosystems.

•  'Inside the World of Indian Moneylenders', by Moin Qazi, TRANSCEND Media Service, 19th June 2017.

•  'Supporting a More Inclusive and Responsive Urban India', by Jason Miklian and Niranjan Sahoo, PRIO Policy Brief March 2016, Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

•  'A Season of Regret for an Aging Tribal Expert in India', by Ellen Barry, New York Times, May 5, 2017. We thank Linda Hartling for making us aware of this article.

•  'Uttarakhand HC Declares Air, Glaciers, Forests, Springs, Waterfalls Etc. As Legal Persons', LiveLaw News Network, April 1, 2017. We thank Anna Grear for making us aware of these news.

• 'Gandhi’s Strategy for Success — use More than One Strategy', by Mark Engler and Paul Engler, Waging Nonviolence, March 17, 2017. We thank Linda Hartling for making us aware of this article.

• 'How English Creates a New Caste System in India', by Sunil Bhatia, Pacific Standard, March 23, 2017.

•  Please see the work of Kalpavriksh and other organisations at www.kalpavriksh.org, www.vikalpsangam.org, and www.iccaconsortium.org

•  A Journey Through Turbulence (Lake Oswego, OR: Dignity Press, 2013) is a collection of Deepak Tripathi's writings in the last decade, covering a vast landscape and many subjects, from the United States, Britain and the European Union to conflicts in South Asia and the Middle East, the Arab Awakening, the power shift from west to east, and the new great game in the east. Displaying a keen knowledge of the landscape, these essays have an insightful analysis of the present in the context of the past. Dr. Deepak Tripathi, fellow of the Royal Historical Society, is a British historian of the Middle East and South Asia with a particular emphasis on the Cold War and the United States in the post-Soviet world. Currently he is an honorary research fellow in social sciences at the University of Roehampton in London.

• 'Nirbhaya Film: Solidarity Is What We Want, Not a Civilising Mission: Hailing Indian Women as "India's Daughters" is something India's patriarchs have always done', by Kavita Krishnan, Daily O: Open to Opinion, March 3, 2015.

• Guru, Gopal (Ed.) (2009). Humiliation: Claims and Context. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. See a book review by Brian Campbell.