Curriculum Vitae



Evelin G. Lindner, MD, PhDs (Dr psychol, Dr med)

Transdisciplinary Scholar in Social Sciences and Humanities
Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS)
World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative
Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway
Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway
- Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo, Norway
- Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4), Columbia University, New York City
- Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris

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Evelin Lindner

Date of birth 13th May 1954 in Hameln/Hamelin, Niedersachsen/Lower Saxony, Germany (both parents were forcibly displaced from Silesia in 1945/6; father from Bertelsdorf near Lauban, now Lubań, mother from Breslau, now Wrocław)

1. Two academic qualifications:
– Ph.D. in Social Psychology (Dr. psychol., Oslo 2001)
– Ph.D. in Social Medicine (Dr. med., Hamburg 1994)
2. Two professional qualifications:
– Medical Doctor (1984)
– Clinical Psychologist (1978)


1961 – 1965 Primary school (Volksschule) in Holtensen, near Hameln, Germany

1965 – 1973 Secondary school (Gymnasium) Viktoria-Luise Schule in Hameln (Gymnasium: equivalent of high school)

15th May 1973 Abitur (with distinction and special award) at the Mathematical and Natural Science Department of the Viktoria-Luise Schule in Hameln (Abitur: German equivalent to A-levels, concluding 12/13 years of school education, thus assuring university entrance)

1973/74 Studium Generale at the University of Frankfurt, Germany (fields: law, psychology and Chinese)

Study of Psychology

1974 – 1978 Study of psychology at the University of Hamburg, Germany(Specialisation in the field of social psychology and clinical psychology: Rogerian psychotherapy, encounter, analytic group therapy; overview over behaviour therapy, family therapy, marriage counselling, gestalt therapy, psychodrama, psychoanalysis, autogene training)

1977 and 1978 Completion of a diploma thesis About the Attitude of Physicians Towards the Profession of a Clinical Psychologist (Academic assessment 'very good' or 'excellent,' the highest mark out of possible six)

1976 Vordiplom in psychology (approximate equivalent to bachelor degree)

3rd November 1978 Graduation as a psychologist with university diploma at the University of Hamburg, Germany (Title: 'Diplom-Psychologin' approximate equivalent to master's degree; grade of diploma: 'excellent')

1995 License as a psychologist in Norway (offentlig godkjenning som psykolog i Norge)

26th May 2001 Dr. psychol. (University of Oslo, Department of Psychology, topic: The Psychology of Humiliation, committee: Stanford University and Oslo University)

Study of Medicine

1978 – 1984 Medical studies in Heidelberg and Hamburg, Germany, and Dunedin, New Zealand

1978 – 1980 Pre-clinical years followed by Physikum in Heidelberg (Physikum: written nation-wide identical examination after two years of basic studies in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Biochemistry, Physiology, Micro- Anatomy, Macro-Anatomy, Medical Latin Terminology; academic results: 84,4% which is outstanding on the national level of Germany)

1980 – 1984 Clinical studies in Hamburg, Germany, and graduation as a physician

1983 Trainee internship (final 'practical year') at the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at the Dunedin University Hospital in Dunedin, New Zealand

1981 – 1984 Preparation of a research project: Drawing up a questionnaire about the role and rank of the medical profession, the concept of disease, and medical care in different cultures. Interviews pertaining to the questionnaire with approximately 100 physicians from Thailand, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Norway and Germany

21st June 1984 Graduation as a physician at the University of Hamburg, Germany (Title: 'Approbierte Ärztin': Graduation as stately acknowledged medical doctor in Germany; results of final examination: 'excellent')

1992 – 1994 Completion of a medical doctorate in the field of cross-cultural quality of life research at the Department of Medical Psychology at the University Hospital of Hamburg, supported by a scholarship from the Senate of the City of Hamburg

9th December 1994 Dr. med., doctoral degree in medicine at the University of Hamburg, Germany (magna cum laude, topic: The Definition of Quality of Life in Egypt and Germany)

1997 License as a physician in Norway (offentlig godkjenning som lege i Norge)

Professional History

1980 – 1984 Psychotherapy
•  Psychotherapy (Rogerian, individual therapy) at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Hamburg
•  Group therapy at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Hamburg (Clients: Women with oral problems as anorexia nervosa and obesity)
•  Theoretical survey of the diagnostic interviews and protocols of the sessions

1985 – 1988 Psychological counselling at the American University of Cairo in Egypt (Clients: Students and teaching staff of all nations)

1984 – 1991 Private psychological practice in Cairo, Egypt (Clients: From all strata in society, from wealthy to poor: Egyptians – western oriented as well as more traditional oriented – and non-Egyptians of all nations, members of western embassies, institutes and schools; managers of western companies; partners in mixed marriages and their children)
•  Methods of intervention: Psychotherapy, psychological trans-cultural counselling
•  Employed languages: English, French, Norwegian, German, Egyptian-Arabic

1991 Flores, Açores, Portugal: Development of a preservation and development concept for the island (six months)

1996 – 2001
•  Doctoral research project on group conflict at the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway, as part of the Research Programme on Multilateral Development Assistance, Norwegian Research Council. Title: The Feeling of Being Humiliated: A Central Theme in Armed Conflicts. A Study of the Role of Humiliation in Somalia, and Burundi/Rwanda, Between the Warring Parties, and in Relation to Third Intervening Parties

•  Teaching at the Departments of Psychology at the University of Oslo and the University of Trondheim

•  Presentations to the corporate sector regarding topics related to globalisation and culture difference

Other Relevant Experience

Special Training during the Psychological Studies

1975 Psychology internship in Jerusalem, Israel. Work with physically handicapped children in the Orthopaedic Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Physically Handicapped Children, Alyn (two months)

1976 School psychology internship and research on the trainingship Kariba of the German Africa Lines, DAL, during its journey from Europe along the coast of West Africa (Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Cameroon (three months)

Special Training During the Medical Studies

1979 Practical course in nursing at the National Hospital of Psychiatry, Oslo, Dikemark in Norway (two months)

1980 Practical course at the practice of a general practitioner in Hamburg, Germany (one month)

1981 Internship at the Department of Surgery at the Paolo Memorial Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand; study of Thai culture and society (two months)

1981 Information collecting journey through Malaysia and Indonesia; brief internship at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (two months)

1982 Practical course at the Environmental Health Center in Dallas, Texas, USA (one month)

1982 Information collecting visit to the Navajo-, Pueblo- and Havasupai-Indians becoming acquainted with different Indian medical and psychological philosophies (one month)

1983 Information collecting journey through China, visiting medical institutions in different parts of the country; familiarisation with Chinese language, culture and history (two months)

1983 Trainee internship at the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at the Dunedin University Hospital in Dunedin, New Zealand and study of culture and history of the Maoris (three months)


1993, 1994 Founding and chairmanship of the association Global Understanding e.V. and organisation of the Chain of Ideas (Hamburger Ideenkette) with the Vision of a World House (Vision eines Welthauses), a festival with the aim to further global responsibility. Participation of ca. twenty thousand people contributing with two thousand 'ideas' to the theme in prose, by drawings, and paintings (June 1993 first exhibition in Hamburg; July 1993 completion of a documentation; July 1994 exhibition in Bonn together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

1994 Candidate for the European Parliament

1995, 1996 Participation in the Ethics Programme at the Norwegian's Research Council, led by Edmund Husserl expert Dagfinn Føllesdal

1995 – 1997 Building contacts in Norway for International Alert, a non-governmental organisation active in preventive diplomacy, founded by the former head of Amnesty International, Martin Ennals

Current Work

2001 – present

•  Research in the field of dignity and humiliation, expanding the doctoral fieldwork in Europe and Africa to include also Southeast Asia, America, teaching and giving lectures at universities around the world, and developing Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) as founding president (since 2001) and the World Dignity University (WDU) initiative (since its launch in 2011), in affiliation, among others:
– in Norway, with the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo (since 1997), the Centre for Gender Research/Senter for tverrfaglig kjønnsforskning (STK) at the University of Oslo ( 2011 – 2014), the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights/Norsk senter for menneskerettigheter (SMR) at the University of Oslo (2014 – 2017), NTNU in Trondheim (1999 – 2007), the University of Tromsø, Northern Norway (2018)
– with the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris, France (since 2001, initially invited as guest researcher to the group of Serge Moscovici, Laboratoire européen de psychologie sociale-LEPS)
– with the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR), Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City, and the Columbia University Conflict Resolution Network, which was superseded, in 2009, by the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, AC4 (since 2001)
– as well as other universities, among others, Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2004), Rikkyo University and International Christian University in Tokyo (2004 – 2007), the University of Queensland, Australia (2007), and in Costa Rica (2006), China (2004 and 2007), North Carolina, U.S. (2007), Hawai'i, U.S. (2009), Turkey (2010), Italy (2010), New Zealand (2011), Sydney, Australia (2011), Chile, Bolivia, Brasil, and Ecuador in South America (2012), South Africa (2013), Thailand (2014), Rwanda (2015), Dubrovnik (2016), Indore, India (2017)
(for lectures, see also the Norwegian database Cristin: Current Research Information System in Norway, search etternavn Lindner and fornavn Evelin)

•  Experimenting with the possibility of a global life design: living as a global citizen in the 'global village'

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

Memberships and Awards

• Associate and Advisor in Jan Øberg's Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (TFF) (since 1999)

Member of the Editorial Board of Charles Figley's journal TRAUMATOLOGY (refereed, since 2004)

• 2006 SBAP Award for Extraordinary Performance in Applied Psychology

• Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict, edited by Professor Lester Kurtz and Academic Press (since 2006)

• Member of the Board of Advisors for the Association for Trauma Outreach and Prevention (ATOP) (since 2007)

• Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD) (since 2008)

• 2009 "Prisoner’s Testament" Peace Award

• Member of the Special Interest Group of Indigenous Psychology (2011)

Supporting Monty Marshall’s work (since 2001/2011)

Supporting Deepika “Deeyah” Thathaal’s work (since 2011)

• Co-founder of the World Dignity University initiative and Dignity Press/World Dignity University Press (launch 24th June 2011 at the University of Oslo, Norway)

• Fellow des South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Development Education, University of South Africa, Pretoria (seit 2013), Lehrstuhlinhaber ist Professor Catherine Odora Hoppers

Recipient of the 2014 HumanDHS Lifetime Award

Part of the Human & Economic Development Research Unit (HEDRU), coordinated by Zaynab El Bernoussi at the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco

• Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015, 2016, 2017

Language Skills

Very good understanding/command

English, German, Norwegian, French

Good understanding

Swedish, Danish, Dutch

Long studied, but rusty

Modern Hebrew
Chinese, Japanese
Spanish, Portuguese
Russian (5 years at school)
Latin (8 years at school)


Other relevant interests

• Flying lessons from the age of fifteen (first gliding, later single-motor machines)
• Sport: Swimming, snorkling
• Design: architecture, interior decoration, clothes, jewellery
• Art: sculpture, canvas

Selected publications/teaching material

• Publications
• Lectures
• Videos
• Cristin (Current Research Information System in Norway) (search for Evelin Lindner)