35th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
'Global Vulnerabilities – From Humiliation to Dignity and Solidarity'

in Madrid, Spain

21st – 24th September 2020

If you wish to participate, please email us! Please know that you are invited to spend the entire conference with us, so that true dignity-family-building can emerge! All our events are part of an ongoing effort to nurture a global dignity community.
You are invited to fill out our Appreciative Introduction form, print it out, and bring it with you.
There is no registration fee, we share minimal cost according to ability at the end.


Madrid

Lavapiés is in the heart of a very central neighbourhood in Madrid, a neighbourhood full of life, well known for its multi-cultural mix of very different people living there

The conference has two parts, a workshop part and a public part
(please be aware that this site will always change and evolve, until after the conference)

1. Workshop with Dignilogues
Monday 21st – Wednesday 23th September, 09:00 am to 07:00 pm (three days)
Escuelas Pías UNED, Classroom
Calle de Tribulete, 14, 28012 Madrid
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
How to get there: Metro: L3 (Lavapiés) EMT: 27, 34, 36, 41, 119, C1 Cercanías: C5 (Embajadores)
Lavapiés is in the heart of a very central neighbourhood in Madrid, a neighbourhood full of life, well known for its multi-cultural mix of very different people living there. Escuelas Pías UNED are located in a historical building destroyed during the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), and restored in the 1990s, leaving some of the damage of the war visible.
Together, we examine the link between dignity and innovation and how strategies for a sustainable future can be found, strategies for the unfolding of dignity for all in Spain, the Mediterranean, and throughout the world

2. Public Event
'Dignity, Humiliation, and Disability: Do We Live in a Decent Society for People With Disability?'
Thursday, 24th September 2019
Escuelas Pías UNED, beautiful Assembly Hall
Calle de Tribulete, 14, 28012 Madrid
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
We ask:
'Do we live in a decent society – a society of dignity – for people with disability?'


Library of the Escuelas Pías

Post-Conference Activities for those Interested
Madrid is located close to breathtaking natural scenery such as the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains.

Local Hosts, Conveners, and Coordinators

Associate Professor Saulo Fernández
together with Professor Emeritus José Francisco Morales Domínguez
Facultad de Psicología, UNED

The conference is hosted
by the Facultad de Psicología
The National Distance Education University / Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
Madrid, Spain

in cooperation with the
World Dignity University initiative

• Registration is free. If you wish to participate in our conferences, please send us an email. Please know that you are invited to spend the entire conference with us, so that true dignity-family-building can emerge! All of our events are part of an ongoing effort to nurture a global dignity community.

• Thank you for emailing your message and introductory information to conferences@humiliationstudies.org. Please kindly include your contact information and any other details you would like to share with our community (such as CV, papers, articles, presentations, video links, etc.).

• 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.

• You are invited to fill out our Appreciative Introduction form (Word/PDF), print it out, and bring it with you.

• We gratefully count on you to obtain your own tourist visum and make your own transportation and accommodation arrangements. Please see options further down.

• Please see our general CC invitation sent out in 2020. You are invited to also download your personal invitation letter in English and in Spanish. Please be aware that the schedule further down is continuously being updated.

• As soon as it is ready, you will see here your programme of the entire conference for you to print out, in English and in Spanish.

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

 

•  How to get to the conference venue
Please obtain your own private tourist visa. Please travel to Madrid, Spain.
Our conference venue are the Escuelas Pías of the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Calle de Tribulete, 14, 28012 Madrid. You get there by Metro: L3 (Lavapiés) EMT: 27, 34, 36, 41, 119, C1 Cercanías: C5 (Embajadores).
The Escuelas Pías are in Lavapiés, which is in the heart of a very central neighbourhood in Madrid, a neighbourhood full of life, well known for its multi-cultural mix of very different people living there. Escuelas Pías UNED are located in a historical building destroyed during the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), and restored in the 1990s, leaving some of the damage of the war visible.

• Where to stay
We thank all participants in our conferences for being 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. Please arrange to stay in the accommodation of your choice in Madrid. *

• Where to eat
The university has a cafeteria, where we can get lunch. *

• Pre- and Post-conference experiences
Madrid is located close to breathtaking natural scenery such as the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains.

•  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 use the invitation letter we send you and inquire in your country and your university about possibilities. See, among others, for the U.S., www.supportcenteronline.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 participants during our conferences since we value the creation of mutual trust in relationships and would like to refrain from contributing to an ever more bureaucratic and legalistic society.

•  Green conference and reinventing organization
We strive to organise 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
•  Background Material
•  Previous Reflections on the Format of the Conference
•  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

 

Saulo Fernández, Associate Professor, together with Professor Emeritus José Francisco Morales Domínguez, Facultad de Psicología, UNED, Host, Organiser, and Convener

Saulo Fernández Arregui is Associate Professor of Social Psychology at UNED University in Spain. His current research interests focus mainly on the study of humiliation as a distinct emotional experience, aiming to identify the particular situational determinants and cognitive appraisals that predict humiliation, as well as the consequences that the experience of humiliation has for the victims. He is also interested in the study of the experience of the social stigmatization and humiliation among people with dwarfism and on the moral perceptions and expectancies that majority group members develop toward minority group members.

Evelin Gerda Lindner, Medical Doctor, Clinical and Social Psychologist, Ph.D. (Dr. med.), Ph.D. (Dr. psychol.), Organiser of the HumanDHS Conferences, Supporting 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, the 2009 "Prisoner’s Testament" Peace Award, the 2014 HumanDHS Lifetime Award, and she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2017. 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

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


 

Workshop Programme (still evolving!)

 

 

Day One (still evolving!)

Venue: classroom in the Escuelas Pías UNED, Calle de Tribulete, 14, 28012 Madrid

•  Registration

 

•  Welcome by the host, convener, and organiser of this conference, Saulo Fernández, Associate Professor, together with Professor Emeritus José Francisco Morales Domínguez, Facultad de Psicología, UNED

 

•  Welcome by Evelin Lindner to the workshop part of this conference

 

•  Participants present themselves

 

•  Musical presentation

•  Latest News

 

•  Introductory presentation: Who We Are: Our Global Dignity Family

Evelin G. Lindner, Founding President of HumanDHS

•  Introductory presentation: Appreciative Frame of the conference

Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., Director of HumanDHS. 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.

Also created by Linda M. Hartling:
•  Appreciative Enquiry 4, recorded on 27th May 2015, for our 2015 Kigali Conference
•  Our Appreciative Frame, created in December 2014 for our 2014 New York Workshop (Pdf)
•  Our Appreciative Frame, created on 12th August 2012 for our 2012 Norway Conference

•  Lunch

 

•  Launch of Dignilogue (Dignity + Dialogue) Sessions

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!' 'Conference programs are replete with monologues that silence all but the speaker. The vitalizing communication is typically found in the hallways, the bars, and the dinner table – the venues of informal conversation', wrote scholar Kenneth Gergen in 2009 (in his book on relational being). 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.

Evelin Lindner explained the procedure of the 'Messages to the World' for the World Dignity University Initiative for the Dignity Conference in Cairo, Egypt, on 21st September 2018 (see video).

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.

As mentioned above, the Dignilogue approach means developing the programme of the conference on the first day.

The following dignilogue topics are being proposed during the two-years preparation period for the conference:

End of Day One





 

Day Two (still evolving!)

Venue: classroom in the Escuelas Pías UNED, Calle de Tribulete, 14, 28012 Madrid

Welcome

 

Continuation of Dignilogue Sessions

 

End of Day Two

 


 

Day Three (still evolving!)

Venue: classroom in the Escuelas Pías UNED, Calle de Tribulete, 14, 28012 Madrid

Welcome

 

Continuation of Dignilogue Sessions

 

End of Day Three

 

 

Public Event 'Dignity, Humiliation, and Disability: Do we live in a decent society for people with disability?'

Venue: beautiful Assembly Hall in the Escuelas Pías UNED, Calle de Tribulete, 14, 28012 Madrid
Host and Convener: Facultad de Psicología, The National Distance Education University, known in Spanish as Universidad Nacional de Educación

Everybody who is interested is always invited to our Public Events, entrance is free, our work is a labor of love and we offer it as a gift!

•  Registration

 

•  Musical presentation

 

•  Welcoming everybody to the public event of our conference

•  Welcome to the Public Event of this conference by the host, convener, and organiser of this conference, Saulo Fernández, Associate Professor, together with Professor Emeritus José Francisco Morales Domínguez, Facultad de Psicología, UNED

•  Welcome by Evelin Lindner, Founding President of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network and Co-founder of the World Dignity University initiative

•  Dignity and Disability

Saulo Fernández, Associate Professor, Facultad de Psicología, UNED

•  Appreciative Enquiry and Humiliation

by Linda Hartling, Ph.D., Associate Director, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Wellesley College, Boston, USA

In our conferences 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 conferences, 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.
Please read An Appreciative Frame: Beginning a Dialogue on Human Dignity and Humiliation, that Linda has written for us in 2005.

•  From Humiliation to Dignity

Evelin Lindner, Founding Director and President of HumanDHS

•  Musical presentation

 

Closing of the event

 


 

Tentative List of Participants (in progress)
If you wish to participate, email us!

Saulo Fernández, host, convener, and organiser of this conference

Evelin Lindner, host, convener, and organiser of this conference

 


 

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

 


 

Background material