Evelin's 2013 pictures

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Evelin basically dislikes taking pictures or posing for pictures, however, has been persuaded by the HumanDHS network members, particularly by Judit Révèsz, that she should make an effort. The reason is that pictures offer an easily accessible way to document her work, in the spirit of what now has become known as "blog." These pictures are thus meant to share Evelin's efforts and whereabouts with the HumanDHS network (many photos are made by accidental bypassers, she kindly asked to take a picture). Evelin is willing to make an effort not least to honor Judit Révèsz, who kindly gave her a camera as her gift.

A note with regard to the permission to upload pictures with people other than Evelin:
We only upload pictures on the HumanDHS website for which we have received permission. During our conferences, for example, we always ask for permission.
This page serves as a preliminary showroom. It is only linked to the main web site and accessible to the public when no permission is pending. By using this page as a preliminary showroom, the person who has been asked for permission can form a comprehensive impression of what he or she is giving permission for. We have received legal advice that this procedure provides the most comprehensive information on which to base a permission.
Everybody who is depicted on this picture page, please let us know if you have changed your mind and no longer wish to have your picture included on these pages. Then we will remove your picture as soon as we can. Thank you for your kind understanding!


On December 12, 2013, it was an immense joy for me to learn from Carol Lin, together with my dear Judit Révèsz. See Nanlaoshu: Taiji, Qigong, Meditation.
Carol started taijiquan at the age of 18. She studied with Master Koo from 1978 until his passing in 1999. For three years Carol studied hsing-yi and Chen-style taijiquan with Mr. Xiuming Jin. Her current teacher is Master Jeffrey Yuen, a priest trained in the arts of Taoism. Carol is a founding member and current president of the Society for Nanlaoshu.
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On December 12, 2013, I had the immense privilege of being invited by Eva Amesse, my dear beloved roommate, to see her in the show "Lies, my father told me," at The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Nagelberg Theater, in New York City.
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December 12, 2013, the Flatiron Building...
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December 10, 2013, having the privilege of spending a wonderful evening with dear Morton Deutsch and his wife Lydia!
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December 5-6, 2013, Tenth Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, representing the 22nd Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City

The pictures come in three web galleries:
•  Thursday, December 5, 2013: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 231 photos of Day One
•  Thursday, December 5, 2013: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 89 photos of the Public Event
•  Friday, December 6, 2013: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 247 photos of Day Two
Thank you, dear Anna, for taking such amazing pictures!

The videos:
• Dignity: A Multidimensional View Book Launch, a video created by Francisco Cardosos Gomes de Matos for the occasion of the global launch of his book Dignity - A Multidimensional View published in Dignity Press in 2013. Francisco Gomes de Matos is the President of the Associacao Brasil America (ABA) Board, and in this video he addresses this workshop as one of the locations for the global launch of his book on dignity. The video was created at the Associacao Brasil America (ABA) in Recife, Brazil, and published on 29th November 2013.
• Caroline Amollo: Introduction to Research on Dignity, a video in which Caroline greets the participants of the workshop, among them her academic adviser Inga Bostad. Carol is the first PhD candidate of the World Dignity University initiative, in partnership with the University of Oslo, Norway. This video was recorded on 2nd December in Nairobi, Kenya, by Nicole Dorie.
Moving into Action: Tzofnat Peleg-Baker and David Balosa, December 5, 2013
• Moving into Action: Human Dignity Across the Lifespan (summary by Lucien Lombardo | video), with Mark Johnson, Jillian Post, Lucien Lombardo, and Martha Eddy, December 5, 2013
Moving into Action: Talia Shafir and Bathabile K. S. Mthombeni, December 5, 2013
Moving into Action: Brandon Scott and Janet Gerson, December 5, 2013
Linda Hartling Opens the Public Event of the Workshop on Transforming Humiliation on December 5, 2013
The Paradox of Freedom and the Quest for a Moral Disturbance (manuscript | video), by Inga Bostad on December 5, 2013
Refugee Women, Human Rights and Belonging: Educating for Dignity, by Maggie O'Neill on December 5, 2013, see also Searching for Asylum, produced by Jan Haaken and Maggie O'Neill, this video documents a participant action research project carried out with a group of women asylum seekers in the UK, published on 21 Jul 2013
Imagine a Global Human Community- A Pledge Offered by Morton Deutsch for Dialogue on December 5, 2013 (video, December 11, 2013 | transcript)
Improvisation as a Metaphor for Relationship and Reconciliation: A Musical Offering, with George Wolfe, alto saxophone, and Chris Layer, flute. December 5, 2013
Irish Uilleann pipe by Chris Layer, December 5, 2013
Thank you so much, dear Courtney, Anna (McDonald), and Claudia, for stepping up and working so hard to make all those videos, even though you had never done it before! Amazing!


Linda Hartling, Morton Deutsch, Evelin Lindner

Morton Deutsch is the honorary convener of our workshops. He is the founder of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR), our host at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. In 2009, we celebrated his influential, important, and eminent life and life-work with the first life-time award of the HumanDHS network.
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Pictures of all of us on Day One of the workshop, Thursday, December 5, 2013.
•  Please click on the picture above or here to see all the 231 photos of Day One that dear Anna Strout made for us (except the photos with the name tags).
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Dignilogue 1 on Day One of our workshop, Thursday, December 5, 2013.
•  Lucien Lombardo
•  Claudia E. Cohen
•  Tonya Hammer and Hugh Crethar
•  David C. Yamada
•  Janet Gerson
•  George Wolfe
•  Beth Fisher-Yoshida
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Phil Brown led the Moving into Action session on Day One of our workshop, Thursday, December 5, 2013.
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Videos:
Tzofnat Peleg-Baker and David Balosa: Moving into Action, December 5, 2013
Mark Johnson, Jillian Post, Lucien Lombardo, and Martha Eddy: Moving into Action, December 5, 2013
Talia Shafir and Bathabile K. S. Mthombeni: Moving into Action, December 5, 2013
Brandon Scott and Janet Gerson: Moving into Action, December 5, 2013
Public Event on Day One of our workshop, titled, "Beyond Humiliation and Violence: The Urgency of Educating for Dignity and Peace," Thursday, December 5, 2013.

•  Please click on the picture above or here to see all of the 89 photos of the Public Event that dear Anna Strout made for us.

•  In the spirit of our motto of Unity in Diversity, the evening began with Fred Ellis and his children, singing songs from many cultural backgrounds.

Linda Hartling opened the Public Event of the Workshop on Transforming Humiliation.

•  The Paradox of Freedom and the Quest for a Moral Disturbance, by Inga Bostad
(see also Caroline Amollo: Introduction to Research on Dignity, a video in which Caroline greets the participants of the workshop, among them her academic adviser Inga Bostad. Carol is the first PhD candidate of the World Dignity University initiative, in partnership with the University of Oslo, Norway. This video was recorded on 2nd December in Nairobi, Kenya, by Nicole Dorie.)

•  Refugee Women, Human Rights and Belonging: Educating for Dignity, by Maggie O'Neill.

• Imagine a Global Human Community - A Pledge Offered by Morton Deutsch for Dialogue (video, December 11, 2013 | transcript)

Improvisation as a Metaphor for Relationship and Reconciliation: A Musical Offering, with George Wolfe, alto saxophone, and Chris Layer, flute, December 5, 2013
Irish Uilleann pipe by Chris Layer, December 5, 2013


Pictures of all of us on Day Two of our workshop, Friday, December 6, 2013.
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Dignilogue 2 on Day Two of our workshop, Friday, December 6, 2013.
•  Ya'ir Ronen and Gila Ronen
•  Anne Wyatt-Brown
•  Jennifer Lynne
•  Michael Greene
•  Michael L. Perlin
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Michael Britton gave the Don Klein Memorial Lecture on Day Two of our workshop, Friday, December 6, 2013.
Michael uses Don's metaphor of a scrim, a transparent stage curtain, where one believes that what one sees is reality only as long as the light shines on it in a certain way: see Don's explanation.
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Recognitions, Remembrances, and Awards on Friday, December 6, 2013, Day Two of the 2013 Workshop of Humiliation and Violent Conflict!
•  Please click on the picture at the bottom or here to see all of the 247 photos of Day Two that dear Anna Strout made for us.
•  Video:
• Dignity: A Multidimensional View Book Launch, a video created by Francisco Cardosos Gomes de Matos for the occasion of the global launch of his book Dignity - A Multidimensional View published in Dignity Press in 2013. Francisco Gomes de Matos is the President of the Associacao Brasil America (ABA) Board, and in this video he addresses this workshop as one of the locations for the global launch of his book on dignity. The video was created at the Associacao Brasil America (ABA) in Recife, Brazil, and published on 29th November 2013.
Dignilogue 3 on Day Two of our workshop, Friday, December 6, 2013.
•  Claudia Maffettone
•  Ani Kalayjian & Blanka Angyal
•  David Balosa (supported by Doaa Rashed)
•  Kingsley Okoro
•  Roger Dennis, Yvonne Dennis, Sandra Allen-Lesibu, Jon Mannion, Anna Louise Healy, and Courtney Eye Furlong, from the "Mindfulness into Action" group with Mariana Vergara
•  Adair Linn Nagata
•  Stephanie Heuer
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Closing our workshop on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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December 4, 2013, Board meeting with our dear Morton Deutsch.
Please see:
Good News December 2013
• Ulrich Spalthoff: The Dignity Press flyer of 2013
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November 30, 2013, my annual trip to the American Museum of Natural History to buy magnetic stones as a very special gift that serves so well as a symbol of the force of cooperation!
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November 26, 2013, it was a delight to be invited by The UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action to contribute to a brown bag lunch event on: "How are dignity and humiliation relevant in our Lives, our societies, and for the United Nations?" Tuesday, 26 November 2013, 1pm - 2.30 pm, 1 UN Plaza (DC-1), 20th Floor Conference Room
See here a video recording that is registered in YouTube as "unlisted," which means that is not publicly available. Please note that prior to the video-recording, Gay Rosenblum-Kumar explained Evelin's global life design, a life design that provides a perspective similar to an astronaut's gaze on the Blue Planet from space. Courtney E. Furlong did the video recording.
Abstract: What is dignity? Dignity is extremely difficult to conceptualize, as is its absence. All around the world, terms such as dignity and respect are used by an increasing number of people who are becoming aware of their rights. Questions are being asked, such as: "What does dignity mean for individuals and communities especially in relation to violent conflict and recovery from conflict? When dignity is not upheld, how is the damage incurred characterized in terms of humiliation of groups or individuals? Is there a causality and relationship between humiliation and violent conflict? What is required for a society to ameliorate situations that undermine dignity, to repair damage done, and to develop and maintain "sustainable dignity" for all people? What should the United Nations do to ensure that its activities and practices protect and promote dignity? The Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network is a global transdisciplinary fellowship of concerned academics, practitioners, activists, artists, and others, who collaborate in a spirit of mutual support to understand the complex dynamics of dignity and its violation, through disrespect and humiliation (humiliationstudies.org). This network wishes to stimulate systemic change - globally and locally - to open space for mutual respect and esteem to take root and grow, thus ending humiliating practices and breaking cycles of humiliation throughout the world. The HumanDHS movement has currently around 1,000 members from all continents and the website (humiliationstudies.org) is accessed by 20,000-40,000 people annually from more than 180 countries since its inception in 2003. In 2011, the World Dignity University initiative (worldignityuniversity.org) and the publishing house Dignity Press (dignitypress.org) were launched and have published many books since 2012. The network organizes two conferences per year, one at a different global location each year (Paris, Berlin, Costa Rica, China, Norway, Hawai'i, Istanbul, New Zealand, and South Africa). The other conference takes place each December at Columbia University, New York entitled 'Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict', with Morton Deutsch as honorary convener. More than 20 conferences have been held since 2003.
About the presenter: Evelin Lindner is the founding president of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS, www.humiliationstudies.org) and a cofounder of the World Dignity University initiative (www.worlddignity.org), which includes Dignity Press and World Dignity University Press (www.dignitypress.org). Dr. Lindner has a dual education as a Medical Doctor and a Psychologist, with two Ph.D.s. (Dr. med. and Dr. psychol.). She is a research fellow at the University of Oslo since 1997, affiliated with Columbia University since 2001 with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, and with the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris since 2003. Her first book Making Enemies: Humiliation and International Conflict was honored as "Outstanding Academic Title" by the journal Choice for 2007 in the USA. She published her second book in 2009 on Emotion and Conflict. Her third book on Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security was published in 2010 with a Foreword by Desmond Tutu, is being highly recommended by Choice. Her fourth book, published in 2012 by World Dignity University Press, is titled A Dignity Economy. She has received several awards, among them the "Prisoner's Testament" Peace Award in 2009.
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On November 25, 2013, it was a delight and privilege to dive into deep reflection with dear Claudia Cohen!
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On November 20, 2013, it was a delight to see Eric C. Marcus at Morton Deutsch's Educating to Build a Cooperative Global Community!
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November 20, 2013: What a delight it was to be part of Morton Deutsch's Educating to Build a Cooperative Global Community symposium!
This was the program:
• Introduction by Teachers College President Susan Fuhrman
• Coordination and introductory remarks by Morton Deutsch
• W. Warner Burke, E.L. Thorndike Professor of Psychology and Education, recent chair oj the Department of Organization and Leadership
• Joshua Fisher, Research Fellow, Earth Institute
• William Gaudelli, Associate Professor of Social Studies and Education, Program Coordinator
• David Hansen, John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Professor of Historical and Philosophical Foundation of Education (he spoke of "reflective loyalty," see also Josiah Royce)
Victoria J. Marsick, Professor of Education, Co-Director of J. M. Huber Institute
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November 19, 2013, with very precious Jennifer Goldman at the Formal Launch and Re-Naming of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR).
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November 19, 2013, with brilliant Peter Coleman, Director of ICCCR, at the Formal Launch and Re-Naming of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR). We are infinitely thankful to Peter and his team for supporting also this year's Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, this year for the tenth (!) time!
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November 14, 2013, invited by Yongmin Shin to the Religious, Youth and Women's Leaders World Peace and End Wars Conference at the 777 United Nations Plaza, New York City, organized by Cheonji News, which held a Peace Forum to unite North and South Korea in May 2013. Yongmin Shin is the Director of Cheonji News in New York. Speakers were, among others, Sang Myeon Lee, CEO Cheonji News, Deborah Moldow – The World Peace Prayer Society, Swami Parameshenanda – Bhart Sevashram Sangha, Salvatore Scarlato –President of Korean War Veterans Association of NY, Carol Jean Willie –Sisters of Charity Federation, Arvol Looking Horse –Sacred White Buffalo - Wodakota Foundation, and Evelin Lindner – Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies. The Korean Fan Dance by Korean Youth Association delighted everybody.
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November 14, 2013, having the privilege of being with my very dear Adair Linn Nagata.
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November 13, 2013, with Samantha Lu, my wonderful "mother" at Teachers College! She is the director of TC's Office of International Student Services. It was a great honor to be invited to the Teachers College President's Visiting Scholars Luncheon event again as every year, this year on November 13, 2013, and this picture was taken on this occasion.
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November 8, 2013, CounterMemoires exhibit at the Alwan Center for the Arts in New York City, reception and talk by the artists Mona Sharma and Khadija Baker, with Jill Strauss as curator.
Montreal based artists Khadija Baker and Mona Sharma, of Kurdish Syrian and South Asian descent respectively, shared their work that raises issues about current conflicts, displacement and memories of marginalized voices. The artists collaborated with curator Jill Strauss, Adjunct Assistant Professor, John Jay Dispute Resolution Program, on the exhibition, CounterMemories: the Challenge of Restorative Justice Practice to create a space in which artists who use story telling as a basis for their work could make a case for their role within a restorative practices framework. Baker has created an installation and performance dealing with the ongoing Syrian civil war. For her series of projected digital drawings, Sharma uses narrative to examine various historical and cultural contexts where the definition of justice has been stretched to interesting lengths. In unique ways, these two artists and friends use their talent and capacity for empathy to imagine aesthetically, name and challenge, sometimes through metaphor and sometimes literally. Whether we accept the call to action or not is up to each of us, but either way, we are different for experiencing the world through their eyes. See also Interviews with Artists Mona Sharma and Khadija Baker.
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November 7, 2013, the yellow cabs at Columbus Circle, New York City, NY. I have given away a little yellow toy taxi as a gift in the past. I have been asked to once document the true existence of the yellow cab...
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November 7, 2013, attending Maria Volpe's monthly Roundtable Breakfast, this time for "Envisioning Alternatives through Peacebuilding and the Arts," at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC, hosted by the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York and the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College. Here you see dear Maria Volpe and Julia Denny.
Montreal based artists Khadija Baker and Mona Sharma, of Kurdish Syrian and South Asian descent respectively, spoke on their artistic process and work that raises issues about current conflicts, displacement and memories of marginalized voices. The artists collaborated with curator Jill Strauss, Adjunct Assistant Professor, John Jay Dispute Resolution Program, on the exhibition, CounterMemories: the Challenge of Restorative Justice Practice to create a space in which artists who use story telling as a basis for their work could make a case for their role within a restorative practices framework. Baker has created an installation and performance dealing with the ongoing Syrian civil war. For her series of projected digital drawings, Sharma uses narrative to examine various historical and cultural contexts where the definition of justice has been stretched to interesting lengths. In unique ways, these two artists and friends use their talent and capacity for empathy to imagine aesthetically, name and challenge, sometimes through metaphor and sometimes literally. Whether we accept the call to action or not is up to each of us, but either way, we are different for experiencing the world through their eyes. See also Interviews with Artists Mona Sharma and Khadija Baker.
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November 6, 2013, Metropolitan Opera, Two Boys, by Nico Muhly, making it American debut. It was also my personal debut of using the lovely gift I received from dear Linda: an opera glass!
The conductor is David Robertson. His reflections profoundly speak to our work for equality in dignity for all: "We tend to look at the structures of orchestras and say, 'Oh, they haven't changed at all!' but just in the period of my lifetime, orchestras went from being groups that were beat into shape by the conductor to a network of individually refined artists who are seen as such and who collectively feel responsible for their musical level — and it's not only the conductor's responsibility. In the newer generation of players coming in, you see people who understand that their role is not just to play in the symphony orchestra but also to be ambassadors for music in whatever context they find themselves in — playing in the orchestra, riding a bus, working with community projects, helping their kids' school programs, whatever it might be." Quoted from "Trusting in Quality: David Robertson on Rehearsing, Marketing and Programming Classical Music." By Ben Finane.
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November 6, 2013, with one of the giants in anthropology, the "father" of circumscription theory, Robert Carneiro! See Social Evolution & History, Volume 11, Number 2 / September 2012 Issue: 2012/2!
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November 5, 2013, with dear Gay Rosenblum-Kumar!
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November 3, 2013, with my beloved sister Judit and brother Ikhlaq!
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November 1, 2013, Maestro Ikhlaq Hussain is the son of Ustad Imdad Hussain, who is part of the centuries old musical lineage of Delhi Gharana (family of musicians from Delhi who play with a unique "Delhi" style); passing the culturally-rich, artistic wealth from father to son (though women are also sometimes encouraged to learn) he is part of a chain of musicians dedicated to keeping their unique tradition alive throughout the ages. This was his amazing Sitar concert at the New York Insight Meditation Center.
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November 1, 2013, with Mariana Vergara at Dover High School in New Jersey, hosted by Alvaro Hernandez!
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October 30, 2013, reconnecting with my dearest friends at the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR)! And then I had a lovely moment with dear Alba at SIPA!
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19th October 2013, our dear Judit Révész brought our HumanDHS brochures to the Interfaith Tree of LIfe Conference on Israel & Palestine: We Refuse to be Enemies; Voices of Conscience from Israel & Palestine.
This was the program:
2-5pm Featured Speakers; Miko Peled; son of an Israeli General and grandson of a Zionist leader and signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, speaks about the struggle for human rights in Palestine and Israel. Jane Hilal; instructor at Bethlehem University, and Director of the Water and Environmental Research Department at the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem, speaks about socioeconomic changes according to land use distribution, development, and geography. 5-7pm Reception and Concert of Middle Eastern Music. Held at: St. Michael's Church 225 W. 99th St. NYC.
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20th October 2013, Schloss Bückeburg/Bückeburg Palace, Lower Saxony, Germany, Lebendige Barocktage, an impressive path to deep understanding of history.
Die Hofreitschule/The Princely School of Riding Art in Bückeburg stands for a philosophy of respect for living creatures. This became very apparent in today's presentation.
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23rd September 2013, from Geneva to Zurich, Switzerland, flying over Montreux, see the picture on the left.
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19th September 2013, St. Sulpice, Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
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15th September 2013, with my dear friends Elenor Richter-Lyonette and Kevin J. Lyonette, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lavaux on Lake Geneva, Switzerland!
Wikipedia: The Lavaux is a region in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland, in the district of Lavaux-Oron. The Lavaux consist of 830 hectares of terraced wineyards that stretch for about 30 km along the south-facing northern shores of Lake Geneva. Although there is some evidence that vines were grown in the area in Roman times, the actual vine terraces can be traced back to the 11th century, when Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries controlled the area. It benefits from a temperate climate, but the southern aspect of the terraces with the reflection of the sun in the lake and the stone walls gives a mediterranean character to the region. The main wine grape variety grown here is the Chasselas.
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15th September 2013, with my dear friends Elenor Richter-Lyonette and Kevin J. Lyonette in Lutry, on Lake Geneva, Switzerland!

Please see the following videos with Kevin J. Lyonette in St. Sulpice, Switzerland (the recording was encouraged and carried out by Evelin Lindner):
• 01 Practical Examples of Sustainable Development, 15th September 2013
• 02 The Place of Economics in Real Development, 15th September 2013
• 03 Togetherness in Development, 17th September 2013

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14th September 2013, my beloved Prangins, on Lake Geneva, Switzerland!
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13. September 2013, Referat 5, "Konstruktive Veränderungsprozesse in der Behandlung von traumatisierten oder anders gedemütigten Menschen", Referat 5 (simultan übersetzt ins Französische) im PSY & PSY-Kongress 2013 "Übergänge - eine Herausforderung / Les défits de la transition," einem gemeinsamen Kongress der Psychologen- und Psychiaterverbände der Schweiz in Montreux, Schweiz. Ich danke besonders Heidi Aeschlimann und Hans Kurt.
Sie sehen hier:
Vortrag als Powerpoint Präsentation mit Audio und Video vom 18. September 2013
Manuskript des Vortrages vom 18. September 2013
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• Abstract: Nach einem Erdbeben oder einem Unfall sind Menschen oft traumatisiert. Sie sind schockiert. Sie fühlen sich jedoch normalerweise nicht gedemütigt. Es ist ein Unterschied, ob Schmerzen durch höhere Gewalt verursacht werden, oder ob ein Mitmensch einen anderen demütigt. Die Schmerzen sind dann tiefer und schwerer zu überwinden. Fragen nach dem Selbstwert werden dann relevant, nach Rache oder Vergebung. In Ruanda wurde Völkermord begangen als Antwort auf gefühlte Demütigung. Im Fall der systemischen Demütigung durch die Apartheid in Südafrika wurden Wahrheitskommissionen eingesetzt. Nelson Mandela besaß die menschliche Größe, Demütigung nicht mit Vergeltung zu beantworten. Er hatte die Kraft, tiefgreifende systemische Veränderungen auf den Weg zu bringen, und zwar durch etwas, was Paulo Freire conscientização, oder kritische Bewusstseinsbildung nennt und Clodomir de Morais systemische Bewusstseinsbildung. Aus der Tiefe des Schmerzes der Demütigung erreichte Mandela das höchste Niveau von Sinnhaftigkeit, wie es von Denkern wie Viktor Frankl beschrieben wird. Jeder Einzelne kann für sich selbst ein solches Niveau von Sinnhaftigkeit, erreichen. Es bedarf jedoch einer gewissen Anstrengung. Mandela hätte sich in sein Privatleben zurückziehen können; er ist jedoch gegen ein ganzes System aufgestanden. Auch heute ist dieser Mut nötig. Es gibt heute zwei Gründe, warum Demütigung zunimmt; die Realität ändert sich, und die Wahrnehmung. Demütigung wird in einem sozialen Kontext der individuellen Menschenwürde stärker wahrgenommen als in einem Kontext der kollektiven Ehre. [siehe Titel dieses Kongresses "Übergänge - eine Herausforderung"] Es ist die Verantwortung jeden Bürgers, die Atmosphäre in der Gesellschaft so zu gestalten, dass diese Art von Sinnhaftigkeit nicht belächelt, sondern gefördert wird. Dazu gehört es, auf gesellschaftlicher Ebene umzudefinieren, was Eigennutz ist, und was Idealismus. [siehe Titel dieses Kongresses "Übergänge - eine Herausforderung"] Der Volksentscheidung zur Begrenzung von Managergehältern in der Schweiz ist ein vorbildliches Beispiel für die Welt. Evelin Lindner erhielt den SBAP. Preis 2006 in Angewandter Psychologie des Schweizerischer Berufsverband für Angewandte Psychologie.
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13th September 2013, view over Lake Geneva from room 509 of the Majestic Grand Hotel in Montreux, Switzerland
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12th September 2013, view over Lake Geneva from room 509 of the Majestic Grand Hotel in Montreux, Switzerland.
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11. September 2013, Dr. med. Hans Kurt, Präsident der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (SGPP), eröffnete den PSY & PSY-Kongresses 2013 "Übergänge - eine Herausforderung / Les défits de la transition," in Montreux, Schweiz.
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11th September 2013, enjoying Montreux at Lake Geneva and the surroundings of the Majestic Grand Hotel.
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10th September 2013, Zurich - Geneva by plane, and Geneva - Montreux by train, arriving in the Majestic Grand Hotel in Montreux on Lake Geneva in the evening - a nostalgic trip for me, reconnecting with my precious time in Prangins, near Nyon.
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22nd August 2013, 11.00: Roland Jahn, Bundesbeauftragten für die Stasi-Unterlagen / The Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former GDR, eröffnete die Austellung / opened the exhibition "Feind ist, wer anders denkt" / "The dissenter is the enemy," in Hameln, Eilsabeth-Selbert-Schule, Münsterkirchhof 6, 31785 Hameln, eine Ausstellung über die Funktion des Ministeriums für Staatssicherheit (MfS) in der SED-Diktatur / an exhibition about the State Security Service in the GDR.
Right side: "Flächendeckende Bespitzelung / A Comprehensive Network of Spies."
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8th - 11th August 2013: My parents celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversay (60 years) in Esperde, Lower Saxony, an area to which my parents were displaced from their homeland Silesia. This is the village where I had the great privilege to spend the first six years of my life.
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16th July 2013: My dear father's garden.
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15th July 2013: To celebrate that it is now 10 years ago that I finally was able to confirm my Sarcoidosis diagnosis, and to celebrate that I am still alive (after having been told in December 2002 that I would have only three months to live), I took some biographical pictures of important turning points (supplemented by three photos from my archive).
Top: My beloved view of the Port of Hamburg (despite of also connecting to a number of painful memories). See a seven meters long painting/installation, containing three sections, that I made in 1991, where the Port of Hamburg (Dock 11 in particular) figure centrally.
Second row, left: I came to Hamburg for the first time in 1974, and stayed in the youth hostel "Auf dem Stintfang" an den Landungsbrücken, which is overlooking the Port of Hamburg. Despite the impressive view, the experience was rather traumatic, since my youthful innocence was immediately exploited: all my money was stolen in the telephone booth in front of the Youth Hostel when I tried to find a room to rent and was polite enough to come out of the booth for a moment to help somebody in need, leaving behind my valuables unattended for a moment.
Second row, right: In 1976, I realized my dream to experience Hamburg's reputation of being a "gateway to the world" (I found a way to do a school-psychology internship on the training ship Kariba of the German Africa Lines, DAL, on a journey from Europe along the coast of West Africa (Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, and back).
Third row, left: In 1981, I planned to do a medical internship in a Tuberculosis hospital in South East Asia and needed a Tuberculosis vaccination. The vaccination was provided in three turns, on 2nd June, on 11th June, and on 7th July 1981 by the "Amtsarzt" (medical officer) at the "Bezirksamt Eimsbüttel" (office of the district Eimsbüttel in Hamburg, which was based in the historical high-rise residential tower blocks called the Grindelhochhäuser, which, sadly, also later proved to be a source of painful memories, as so happened on 28th December 1981, and, again, in 1991 - the picture is taken from Hamburger Abendblatt).
Third row, right: Only 22 years later, after an odyssey through seemingly disparate and, for a period of 13 years, nearly unbearable symptoms, I realized that this vaccination marked the onset of a lifelong chronic condition, a Sarcoidosis. As it turned out, the vaccination failed to vaccinate me (the Tuberculin test remained negative), but seems to have infected me. Finally establishing this diagnosis took three steps, beginning in Hamelin, in December 2002, almost by chance, through the insistence of a physician friend to go for a thorax CT, then, in January 2003, in the Bernhard-Nocht Institut für Tropenmedizin (institute for tropical medicine, see pictures) that is also overlooking the Port of Hamburg, a few meters from the Youth Hostel, and, finally, through endoscopy (picture at the bottom), in the LungenClinic Grosshansdorf.
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10th July 2013, Hameln/Hamelin.
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9th July 2013, with Catherine Odora Hoppers' kind gift of African clothes, now in Europe!
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5th July 2013, Lunch time discussion to trace the connections between a "Dignity Economy," "Values Based Leadership," "Inclusive Innovation," "Business Model Innovation," and "Management and Leadership Education," convened by Associate Professor Kosheek Sewchurran, Innovation Management & Information Systems, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
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4th July 2013, 'Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies: Transdisciplinarity in Practice,'
Workshop convened by Robert Morrell, co-ordinator of the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Capacity (PERC), University of Cape Town, South Africa. Please see the invitation, and the News after the event (as URL and as Pdf).

See the video:
• 32 Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies: Transdisciplinarity in Practice

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Between Stellenbosch and Cape Town, we are always passing by Khayelitsha township. See
a series of images from the integrated HIV and TB treatment projects in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Photos by Jose Cendon.
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30th June - 1st July 2013, with the Shosholoza Train from Johannesburg to Cape Town, 27 hours.
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29th June 2013, Morokolo Rametse's birthday party & Evelin's welfare party.
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On 29th June 2013, saying good-bye to my very dear soul sister Joy Ndwandwe.
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On 16th June 2013, Catherine Odora Hoppers created a piece of art that represent Evelin and tell the story of "how Evelin puts her life together." She incorporated the gifts received from Guri Lorentzen Østbye in Oslo. While working, she played a song by a young South African girl from the Eastern Cape, Berita, who had played it for Catherine last year when Catherine went to Walter Sisulu University to give a keynote. The song is called "Thandolwethu" and the album is called "Conquering Spirit."

This is the story that Catherine tells about Evelin through this piece of art (Catherine, 16th June 2013):

"I pictured you moving on.
At base of it was the mobilisation to end humilation.
But this you do it moving....

And then you meet leopard feet moving in the same direction
And the stones, some of them precious
from one corner
They joined you.

At the centre of it
there is loss,
a painful loss
Your home symbolised by Hameln
Still you keep moving.

Then one day you meet a stranger
who produces for you a pouch...
a beautiful pouch
and immediately you put it on your beautiful neck.

And still moving.

In the centre you meet Indigenous people with their culture.
And you join them for just a while

By then, the flowers --
several of them, white, pink, purple,
had also gathered IN DIGNITY to spread the word.
STOP HUMILIATION.

And then, as if from nowhere,
there appeared a crown.
It was white
Made as if it were a fountain
And it looked as if it was made for you.

You dressed it up
with beads, jewels and precious stones.

And it was sunset already
because the walk was long.

In the horizon, appeared a lonely pink petal of a flower
It had been left behind...
you beckoned it to follow you and the rest of the gathered flowers.

You told it:
"The road may be far..
But we are on it"
As a distant friend of yours had said....."

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On 8th June 2013, SARChI research coordinator Rutendo Ngara shared her experience with the SARChI chair. which is held by Catherine Odora Hoppers. She was supported by Evelin Lindner. The conversation took place in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Justine Richards did the video recording.

•19 Rutendo Ngara on her SARChI Experience


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Catherine Odora Hoppers invited her brother George Ocaya Onen to come from Uganda to South Africa and share his reflections on their common past. This conversation took place in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa, on 7th June 2013, and was supported by Howard Richards and Evelin Lindner. Justine Richards did the video recording:

•15 George Ocaya Onen and Catherine Alum Odora Hoppers, Morning 1, 7th June 2013
•16 George Ocaya Onen and Catherine Alum Odora Hoppers, Morning 2, 7th June 2013
•17 George Ocaya Onen on Acholi Culture, 7th June 2013
•18 George Ocaya Onen and Catherine Alum Odora Hoppers, Afternoon 7th June 2013

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On 6th June 2013, see this view of Lyn van Villiers' WONDERFUL Cornerstone Lodge in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa! Thank you for your kind care, dear Lyn!
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On 5th June 2013, Howard Richards shared what he thinks are his most important insights after a long life of study and reflection, insights that he wishes to offer as his most important messages to the world. The video was recorded in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa, by Justine Richards:

• 13 Howard Richards' Most Important Messages, 5th June 2013

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On 4th June 2013, Catherine Odora Hoppers brought wonderful gifts for Evelin and Justine! See from the left Howard Richards, Justine Richards, Catherine Odora Hoppers, and Evelin. This picture was taken in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa.
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On 4th June 2013, Catherine Odora Hoppers invited her former student Cebisa Nkhumeleni to share her experience with what Catherine calls "immersion." This conversation was supported by Evelin Lindner and Howard Richards and took place in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Justine Richards did the video recording:

•14 Cebisa Nkhumeleni on her SARChI Experience with "Immersion"

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On 3rd June 2013, Catherine Odora Hoppers shared her choice of methodologies for her SARChI chair, supported by Evelin Lindner and Howard Richards. This conversation took place in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Justine Richards did the video recording:

• 13 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Choice of Methodologies

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On 3rd June 2013, Catherine Odora Hoppers shared her choice of methodologies for her SARChI chair, supported by Evelin Lindner and Howard Richards. This conversation took place in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Justine Richards did the video recording:

•13 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Choice of Methodologies

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On 31st May 2013, Gavin Andersson, director of the Seriti Institute in the Johannesburg Area, South Africa, gathered one of his Seriti Seminars, supported by Evelin Lindner and Howard Richards. Justine Richards did the video recording:

• 04 "Unbounded Organization" - Seriti Staff Seminar, 31st May 2013

On 301st May 2013, Gavin Andersson, director of the Seriti Institute in the Johannesburg Area, South Africa, gathered one of his Seriti Seminars, supported by Evelin Lindner and Howard Richards. Justine Richards did the video recording. Seriti staff seminars are held every week and are open to all staff. Topics follow staff interest and past seminars have included an examination of community enterprise options (cooperatives, development associations, small business etc), facilitation of community process, the Moraisean theory of organization, and sustainable livelihoods.

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On 30th May 2013, Gavin Andersson gave a brief introduction to his work. He is the director of the Seriti Institute in the Johannesburg Area, South Africa. His presentation took place in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa, and was supported by Howard Richards. Evelin Lindner did the video recording:

• 02 "Unbounded Organization" - Gavin Andersson on the Origins of the Concept, 30th May 2013
In this video, Gavin gives a brief introduction on the origins of the concept of Unbounded Organization, starting with his childhood on Tristan da Cunha island, continuing with his cooperatives in Botswana, and the Organisation Workshop (OW) of Clodomir de Morais and Iván Labra. Gavin Andersson is the director of the Seriti Institute in the Johannesburg Area, South Africa. The concept of Unbounded Organisation relates to other concepts as well, see, for example, Transformation by Enlargement, or Unity and Diversity.


• 03 "Unbounded Organization" - Gavin Andersson on Kurt Lewin and Lev Vygotsky, 30th May 2013
Gavin Andersson presents Kurt Lewin's as showing in some respects a bounded approach, while the activity theory pioneered by Lev Vygotsky shows an unbounded approach, see also Transformation by Enlargement, and Unity and Dignity. Gavin Andersson is the director of the Seriti Institute in the Johannesburg Area, South Africa.


Gavin Andersson has had a varied career. He started working life as a diamond prospector for De Beers, became involved in the South African trade union movement before being banned by the Apartheid Government, and was then instrumental in the establishment of two successful woodwork factories. This was the beginning of a period of passionate involvement in enterprise creation and community development initiatives. He was founder and co-ordinator of CORDE, a small business development organization working in manufacturing, agriculture and natural resources management throughout Botswana. He later led a management consultancy, supporting companies, non-profit organizations and educational institutions across southern Africa and in the Caribbean. Gavin has played a prominent role in strengthening civil society across southern Africa. He was instrumental in the formation of several NGOs, chaired three regional civil society networks and has served on the council of both the Botswana and the South African NGO Coalitions. He was editor of a regional magazine for several years, and a founder and chairman of the board of the Mmegi Publishing Trust, which started what has become Botswana's largest newspaper. Gavin has worked in the field of leadership development for around twenty years and is a member of faculty of the United Nations University Leadership Academy in Jordan. He was a member of Council of AccountAbility (the international Institute for Social and Ethical Accountability) for a period of five years, and presently serves on the board of the International Centre for Not-for-profit Law (ICNL). Gavin holds a PhD in Development Studies from The Open University in the United Kingdom. He co-created Kwanda, the reality TV show on community transformation, and was one of the people who piloted the Community Work Programme which provides regular & predictable work to unemployed people.

"Unbounded Organization: Embracing the Societal Enterprise" is a forthcoming book by Gavin Andersson with the assistance of Howard Richards. "Unbounded," the first word of the title, ties together three themes. Organization (or organizing) is said to be "unbounded" when it is oriented to a wider and wider context and when it links more and more institutions. Science (or thinking) is said to be unbounded when it transcends the historically given constitutive rules of the here and now. Management is unbounded when its objectives are aligned with the needs of the societal enterprise. "Societal enterprise" is one of several key concepts in the book taken from the theory of organization of the Brazilian educator and activist Clodomir de Morais. In the early 1960s de Morais, like his more famous friend Paulo Freire, was a supporter of the Peasant Leagues in North-East Brazil. In that context he developed an organizing method now known as an Organization Workshop. Moving beyond Freire´s "critical consciousness," de Morais sought "organizational consciousness." Now, a half century later, the Organization Workshop has spread to four continents. Gavin Andersson has directed more than a dozen of them in South Africa. De Morais proposed thinking in terms of "two enterprise planes." A given enterprise undertakes some particular project. At the same time it is necessarily affected by, and should be aligned with, the ways society as a whole is organized to meet its vital needs; in other words with "the societal enterprise." In an Organization Workshop a large group (often two hundred people and sometimes a thousand) is provided with tools and invited to enter into a series of contracts to do useful work in a local community. It lasts a month. The participants are paid when and if they succeed in organizing themselves to fulfil a particular contract to a required standard They learn organization partly from lectures and discussions, but mainly from activity. Theoretical underpinning for the method comes from the cultural/historical approach to psychology pioneered by Lev Vygotsky known as "activity theory." In contrast, the small group approach to organizational development associated with Kurt Lewin´s psychology comes in for heavy criticism. Its narrow focus on the here and now limits imagination. It brakes transformation. The book builds on the practice and the theory of the Organization Workshops to offer a general theory of management and of social change.
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On 29th May 2013, Catherine Odora Hoppers shared her intellectual path to becoming a significant voice in the world and how she came to focus on seeing the need to speak more about epistemology. See the cartoon, which quotes Mott Green saying: "Scientists have unlearnt to trade outside of their own specialization and unite with each other. Only in his own deep hole does the researcher feel at ease." She also shared other images she uses to highlight her message in her presentations. The crocodile's teeth, for instance, symbolise the rampant destruction of social and ecological resources caused by present-day econonomic arrangements. They devour all involved, including those who still believe that bringing dialogue and peace to local conflicts would be a goood-enough solution. The supposed 'need for dialogue' in local conflicts might even be a wish coming from the crocodile itself, as it would sometimes be easier to eat when every meal is bland and placid, calm and quiet, when the victims do not struggle too much. This conversation took place in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa.
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On 28th May 2013, Catherine Odora Hoppers shared her "Personality Tree" (see the photo at the top right) that she created in 1988 when she had just arrived in exile in Sweden. She left Uganda for Sweden in 1987, and it was her second exile. She also shared a number of cartoons that she had on the walls of her home in Sweden, see the photos at the bottom. This conversation took place in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa.
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On 3rd May 2013, Howard Richards initiated "Foucault Dialogues" together with Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner, in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Howard always began by reading his introductory text of the day. This then served as the stimulus for a dialogue. His granddaughter Justine Richards did the video recording.

See here:
• 12.1 "Against Foucault" - Howard Richards presented his text titled Middle Foucault Part Eleven on 26th May 2013
See here the two papers on Nietzsche referred to in the lecture:
- Against Nietzsche (Part One) On the Genealogy of Morals
- Against Nietzsche (Part Two) Herd Morality, Liberal Utopias, Populism, and Post-Populism

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On 24th May 2013, with Lyn van Villiers in her WONDERFUL Cornerstone Lodge in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa! Thank you for your kind care, dear Lyn!
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On 3rd May 2013, Howard Richards initiated "Foucault Dialogues" together with Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner, in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Howard always began by reading his introductory text of the day. This then served as the stimulus for a dialogue. His granddaughter Justine Richards did the video recording.

See here:
• 11.1 "Against Foucault" - Howard Richards presented his text titled Foucault on Power Part Eleven on 23rd May 2013

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On 3rd May 2013, Howard Richards initiated "Foucault Dialogues" together with Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner, in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Howard always began by reading his introductory text of the day. This then served as the stimulus for a dialogue. His granddaughter Justine Richards did the video recording.

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• 10.1 "Against Foucault" - Howard Richards presented his text titled Foucault's Nietzschean Turn Part Ten on 22nd May 2013

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On 3rd May 2013, Howard Richards initiated "Foucault Dialogues" together with Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner, in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Howard always began by reading his introductory text of the day. This then served as the stimulus for a dialogue. His granddaughter Justine Richards did the video recording.

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• 09.1 "Against Foucault" - Howard Richards presented his text titled Foucault's Nietzschean Turn Part Nine on 21st May 2013

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On 21st May 2013, Catherine Odora Hoppers shared some of her poems that she wrote when she left Uganda for Sweden, for her second exile in 1987. Justine Richards did the video recording in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa.

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• 10 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Poems of Exile: The Smoking Ruins (read the poem The Smoking Ruins)
• 11 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Poems of Exile: Through a Mountain Pass (read the poem Through a Mountain Pass)
•12 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Poems of Exile: A Hot December Day (read the poem A Hot December Day)

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On 3rd May 2013, Howard Richards initiated "Foucault Dialogues" together with Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner, in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Howard always began by reading his introductory text of the day. This then served as the stimulus for a dialogue. His granddaughter Justine Richards did the video recording.
See here:
• 08.1 "Against Foucault" - Howard Richards presented his text titled Early Middle Foucault, Part Eight on 20th May 2013
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On 20th May 2013, Catherine Odora Hoppers shared some of her poems that she wrote when she left Uganda for Sweden, for her second exile in 1987. Justine Richards did the video recording in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa.
The pictures are titled, from top left to bottom right:
Banished
The Flight
Absolution: The Cross
Omen
Life
Facing Swedish Landscape
The Tree
Mourning Slain Soldiers

Please see the videos here:
• 01 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Poems of Exile: The Resolution (read the poem The Resolution)
• 02 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Poems of Exile: The Spear (read the poem The Spear)
• 03 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Poems of Exile: Home (read the poem Home)
• 04 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Poems of Exile: Winifred(read the poem Winifred)
• 05 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Poems of Exile: Omen (see also the fourth drawing from the left above, and read the poem Omen)
06 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Poems of Exile: Absolution (read the poem Absolution)
• 07 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Poems of Exile: Banished (see also the first drawing on the left above, and read the poem Banished)
• 08 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Poems of Exile: Train Number 10 (read the poem Train Number 10)
• 09 Catherine Odora Hoppers' Poems of Exile: Bridges (read the poem Bridges)

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On 3rd May 2013, Howard Richards initiated "Foucault Dialogues" together with Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner, in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Howard always began by reading his introductory text of the day. This then served as the stimulus for a dialogue. His granddaughter Justine Richards did the video recording.

See here:
• 06.1 "Against Foucault" - Howard Richards presented his text titled Early Middle Foucault, Part Six on 9th May 2013
06.2 Inspired by Howard Richards' text, Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner engaged in dialogue with Howard Richards on 19th May 2013

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On 19th May 2013, in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa, Catherine Odora Hoppers shared some of her family heritage. Justine Richards did the video recording. Evelin Lindner first read a letter that her brother had written in the previous year, then a letter of recommendation from 1981, and thereafter some of the quotes with which Catherine had decorated her new home in Pretoria when she first moved in, see as follows:

A man's got to what he's got to do. A woman must do what he can't.
One is not born a woman, one becomes one.
A woman is the full circle — within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform.
What is better than wisdom? Woman! And what is better than a good woman? Nothing!
• A bird doesn't sing because the it has an answer; its things because it has a song.
• The greater your capacity to love, the greater is your capacity to feel the pain.
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Catherine Odora Hoppers's Family Heritage

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On 3rd May 2013, Howard Richards initiated "Foucault Dialogues" together with Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner, in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Howard always began by reading his introductory text of the day. This then served as the stimulus for a dialogue. His granddaughter Justine Richards did the video recording.

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• 07.1 "Against Foucault" - Howard Richards presented his text titled Early Middle Foucault, Part Seven on 18th May 2013

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Det var en fantastisk flott 17. mai feiring i Sør-Afrika!
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On 15th May 2013, Howard Richards, his granddaughter Justine and I, we went to Erasmus, a community near Pretoria, in the municipality of Tshwane. The Community Work Programme (CWP) is a government programme by the Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs Department of the Republic of South Africa. It aims at tackling poverty and unemployment under the motto "Restoring dignity through work opportunities." The Erasmus Community Work Programme is one example. Please see also Seriti Institute's Notes about Erasmus, titled, "Re a leboga Seriti. Thank you for CWP: driven by that which inspires us!," from Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

See here the video that we created. It was recorded by Justine Richards:
• 01 "Unbounded Organization" - King George Mohlala and Frans Padi about the Erasmus Community Work Programme, 15th May 2013

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On 14th May 2013, Howard Richards, his granddaughter Justine and I, we went to the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto, then to the Mandela House in 8115 Orlando West Soweto, then to a restaurant with traditional food (pap), then we drove through the streets of Soweto, and at last we visited the Human Origins Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

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On 12th May 2013, Morokolo Rametse, with such wonderful generosity, invited to Evelin's birthday celebration in his home - thank you a million, dear Morokolo! The food that you prepared was marvellous and your hospitality so loving! And, dear All, to YOU another BIG thank you for offering your amazing gifts of singing, dancing, and reciting to all of us! And, dear Fanny and Arild, it is such an honour and joy to be welcomed to be at home in YOUR HOME!

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On 11th May 2013, Catherine Odora Hoppers convened a SARChI Peer Review Meeting in her office, supported by Rutendo Ngara. Catherine Odora Hoppers is presently holder of the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Development Education at the University of South Africa – Pretoria. At first, Lebs Mphahlele and Kinfe Gebre-Egziabher presented their work, followed by Morongwa Masemula, Joy Ndwandwe, Zelezeck Nguimatsa, and Ziphora Moichela.
See here the videos that we created. All videos were recorded by Justine Richards:
SARChI Peer Review Meeting (see the Programme) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Lebs Mphahlele & SARChI: A Personal Account
Kinfe Gebre-Egziabher & SARChI: A Personal Account
Morongwa Masemula & SARChI: A Personal Account
Joy Ndwandwe & SARChI: A Personal Account
Zelezeck Nguimatsa & SARChI: A Personal Account
Ziphora Moichela & SARChI: A Personal Account
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On 3rd May 2013, Howard Richards initiated "Foucault Dialogues" together with Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner, in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Howard always began by reading his introductory text of the day. This then served as the stimulus for a dialogue. His granddaughter Justine Richards did the video recording.

See here:
• 06.1 "Against Foucault" - Howard Richards presented his text titled Early Middle Foucault, Part Six on 9th May 2013

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On 3rd May 2013, Howard Richards initiated "Foucault Dialogues" together with Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner, in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Howard always began by reading his introductory text of the day. This then served as the stimulus for a dialogue. His granddaughter Justine Richards did the video recording.

See here:
• 04.1 "Against Foucault" - Howard Richards presented his text titled Early Foucault, Part Four on 8th May 2013
04.2 Inspired by Howard Richards' text, Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner engaged in dialogue with Howard Richards, 8th May 2013
• 05.1 "Against Foucault" - Howard Richards presented his text titled Early Middle Foucault, Part Five on 8th May 2013

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On 3rd May 2013, Howard Richards initiated "Foucault Dialogues" together with Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner, in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Howard always began by reading his introductory text of the day. This then served as the stimulus for a dialogue. His granddaughter Justine Richards did the video recording.

See here:
• 03.1 Howard Richards presented his text titled Early Foucault, Part Three on 6th May 2013
03.2 Inspired by Howard Richards' text, Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner engaged in dialogue with Howard Richards, 6th May 2013

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On 3rd May 2013, Howard Richards initiated "Foucault Dialogues" together with Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner, in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Howard always began by reading his introductory text of the day. This then served as the stimulus for a dialogue. His granddaughter Justine Richards did the video recording.

See here:
• 02.1 "Against Foucault" - Howard Richards presented his text titled Early Foucault, Part Two on 4th May 2013
02.2 Inspired by Howard Richards' text, Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner engaged in dialogue with Howard Richards, 4th May 2013

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On 3rd May 2013, Howard Richards initiated "Foucault Dialogues" together with Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner, in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa. Howard always began by reading his introductory text of the day. This then served as the stimulus for a dialogue. His granddaughter Justine Richards did the video recording.
Catherine Odora Hoppers is presently holder of the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Development Education at the University of South Africa – Pretoria. She has a doctorate in International and Comparative Education from Stockholm University, Institute of International Education, where she has also been a Visiting Professor and a Coordinator of the South Africa-Sweden Systems Research Collaboration. She is a UNESCO expert in basic education and lifelong learning, and is a policy specialist and senior consultant to multilateral and bilateral agencies on education, international development, North-South questions, social policy, disarmament, peace, and human security. She has provided technical support to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Arts, Culture, Science and Technology of the Parliament of South Africa; was a resource person to the World Economic Forum and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on private sector innovations, traditional knowledge and community intellectual property rights, benefit sharing and value addition protocols. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in Humanities and Social Sciences by Orebro University – Sweden in February 2008.
Read her call that "We have to turn theories and knowledge into action" in the UNISA E-news of 25th May 2013.

See here:
• 01.1 "Against Foucault" - Howard Richards presented his text titled Early Foucault, Part One on 3rd May 2013
01.2 Inspired by Howard Richards' text, Catherine Odora Hoppers and Evelin Lindner engaged in dialogue with Howard Richards, 3rd May 2013

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On 1st May 2013, Howard Richards, his granddaughter Justine, and I, we arrived in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa, after a bus trip from Belleville, near Cape Town, that lasted 23 hours.
We were lucky to welcome a new member in our HumanDHS family! It is Tsuhaita, who works at UNISA and is on her way to become an important author, a voice of ubuntu!
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21st Annual Conference of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network in Stellenbosch, South Africa
24th - 27th April 2013

(Important note to our conference particants: During our conference, we asked for your permission to have your pictures posted here, however, if you changed your mind since, either in total or for specific pictures/videos, please let us know! Thank you!)

Still pictures:
Several web galleries with still pictures have been created for this conference:
Day One, Evelin's pictures
Day Two, workshop and public event, Evelin's pictures
Day Three, Evelin's pictures
Day Four, Evelin's pictures
Day Five, Evelin's pictures
Pictures of the entire conference by Shwetha Tumkur Shivakumar
Robben Island, 29th April 2013, Evelin's pictures
Pictures by Justine Richards, 23rd - 30th April 2013

Videos:
Introductory Presentation: Who We Are by Evelin Lindner, 24th April 2013 (unfortunately, reduced video quality)
A Dignity Renaissance: Can There Be Too Little Shame? The Link Between Dignity, Shame, Humiliation and Humility by Hélène Lewis, 25th April 2013 (unfortunately, reduced video quality)
Development Methods Open Space Dignilogue session, 25th April 2013 (unfortunately, reduced video quality)
Development Methods, summary by Gavin Andersson, 26th April 2013
African Languages in African Schools by Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite, 26th April 2013
Ubuntu Open Space Dignilogue session, 25th April 2013 (unfortunately, reduced video quality)
Ubuntu, summary by Joy Ndwandwe, 26th April 2013
Global Citizenship, by Akinlolu Makinwa, 27th April 2013

Videos created by Linda Hartling:
•  Greetings to All (short version), created on 16h April 2013 for our 2013 South Africa Conference
•  Greetings to All (long version), created on 16h April 2013 for our 2013 South Africa Conference
•  Welcome to Everybody, created on 12th August 2012 for our 2012 Norway Conference
•  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

24th April 2013, Day One of the conference. Hélène Lewis welcomed everybody.
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25th April 2013, Day Two of the conference.
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25th April 2013, the Public Event of the conference, with Hélène Lewis speaking about 'A Dignity Renaissance: Can There Be Too Little Shame? The Link Between Dignity, Shame, Humiliation and Humility'.
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On 25th April 2013, after Hélène Lewis spoke at the Public Event of the conference, Dan Baron joined us live from the Amazonian North of Brazil from the arts-based pedagogical work he and his partner Mano Souza conduct.
On 26th April 2013, Dan wrote:
Dear friends:
We invite you to participate in the launch of the CD 'Amazon Our Land' by the young artists from the band 'Backyard Drums', from the project Rivers of Meeting, this Saturday from 7pm onwards, in the Afro-Indigenous community of Cabelo Seco, between the Amazonian Rivers Tocantins and Itacaiúnas.
Anyone can participate from a distance, downloading and sharing the 12 songs from the CD which will be posted on YouTube the same night. The complete CD (with a booklet in Portuguese, Spanish and English), will also be available on our site from Saturday, the 27th.
riosdeencontro.wordpress.com
Messages of solidarity for these young musicians who refuse to step onto any stage funded by the multinational mining company Vale, presently devastating the Amazon, are welcome and will strengthen the movement for a living and sustainable Amazon. 
Thanks in anticipation for your participation!
Abraços
Dan
Dan Baron
Project 'Rivers of Meeting'
National awards from Funarte and the Ministry of Cultura Brasil, in 2008, 2010, 2012
Award from Itau-Unicef, 2011

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Please see also the CD Amazonia Nossa Terra Rios de Encontro 2013 (CD cover, CD booklet) by the Latinhas de Quintal of the Afro-Indigenous community of Cabelo Seco ("dry hair"), Marabá, Pará, Brazil.
See three songs uploaded here: Amazonia Nosa Terra, Cabelo Seco, and Beaba da coruja
- Invitation to the launch of the CD Amazonia Nossa Terra Rios de Encontro 2013 (English) and Outdoor lancamento
- Release para o lancamento (27 abril 2013)
- Outdoor Centenario de Marabá
- Os Sopros de Quintal criando sua propria musica na Casinha de Cultura, Cabelo Seco
- Os Sopros de Quintal celebram a conclusao do mini-curso de improvisacao coletiva na baira do Rios Tocantins
- 30 jovens do Rios de Encontro (Cabelo Seco) pedalaram para o bairro Liberdade para afirmar uma Amazonia Viva Sustentavel
- Tres geracoes da familia de Elizangela, lavadeira e gestora do Rios de Encontro, apreciam a foto dela no Dia da Mulher, na 'Galeria do Povo'
- As Latinhas de Quintal e o nucleo adulto comunitario do Rios de Encontro recebem aplausos na entrega do CD no final de cinco anos de formacao artistica (2)
Media attention:
- Resenha latinhas negam tocar no palco da Vale
- Jornal sobre residencia
- Resenha residencia artistica

On the 27th April 2013, Evelin wrote to Dan:
Dear Dan,
We still are deeply touched by your account of the dramatic events in Cabelo Seco, including the violence experienced by a young artist-leader from the Latinhas de Quintal (Backyard Drums). "We" includes the participants of the 2013 conference "In Search for Dignity", held from 24th to 27th April in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Please receive our message of solidarity with the young Afro-Indigenous musicians of the band "Backward Drums". Their decision not to participate in the centenary celebrations funded by the multinational mining company Vale, presently threatening the Amazon, is a bold protest and gives us hope that more and more people will resist against further destruction of our world's most rich and vulnerable ecosystems.
At our conference we acknowledge and applaud the brave fight of these young people. We like to confirm our solidarity to them.
Participants of the 2013 Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies conference "In Search for Dignity":
Hélène Lewis, South Africa
Evelin Lindner, living a life as a global citizen
Uli Spalthoff, Germany
Aine Hughes, Ireland and South Africa
Ann McCollum, Ireland and South Africa
Gavin Andersson, Botswana and South Africa
Gary Pages Jones, Kenya and Australia
Douglas Racionzer, South Africa
Howard Richards, Chile
Justine Richards, United States
Akinlolu Makinwe, Nigeria
Joy Ndwandwe, Swaziland
Emmanuel Ndahimana, Rwanda
Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite, Norway

26th April 2013, Day Three of the conference.
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27th April 2013, Day Four of the conference.
Please see the 'Global Citizenship' Session Summary by Akinlolu Makinwa.
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On 28th April 2013, the day after the conference, Howard Richards and his granddaughter Justine, together with Uli Spalthoff and Evelin, went on a small round-trip from Stellenbosch. First, Uli brought us to the Muratie Wine Estate, then to the Tokara wine and olive oil estate.
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On 29th April 2013, we saw the Cecil Rhodes Monument with its great view over Cape Town, and the Waterfront of Cape Town with its sad prison-like fortresses of supposed "elite property."
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On 29th April 2013, we also went to Robben Island. See Lasting Legacy: Nelson Mandela's Evolution as a Strategic Leader, published 9th July 2013 in Knowledge@Wharton.
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On the 30th April, Howard Richards, his granddaughter Justine, and I, we joined Uli Spalthoff on his way to the airport. We passed at Mitchell's Plain, a largely coloured township about 32 km from the city of Cape Town, where Howard and his colleagues have a project.
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April 2013: Dear Ronèe recommended a number of books to read so as to understand the situation in South Africa better:

• Biko, Stephen Bantu, & Stubbs, Aelred. (1979). I write what I like: A selection of his writings. London: Heinemann.
• Gobodo-Madikizela, Pumla. (2003). A human being died that night: A South African story of forgiveness. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
• Hedges, Chris. (2009). Empire of illusion: The end of literacy and the triumph of spectacle. New York: Nation Books.
• Jansen, Jonathan D. (2009). Knowledge in the blood: Confronting race and the apartheid past. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
• Krog, Antjie. (1998). Country of my skull. Johannesburg, South Africa: Random House.
-- (2003). A change of tongue. Johannesburg, South Africa: Random House.
-- (2010). Begging to be black. Cape Town: Struik.
• Ramphele, Mamphela. (2008). Laying ghosts to rest: Dilemmas of the transformation in South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Tafelberg.

The bottom pictures is taken from an article titled 'Afrikaans in die weegskaal' on the disproportionate weight given to the English language: "Die tyd vir praat en voete sleep, is verby. Dade is nou nodig om Afrikaans en ons inheemse Afrikatale in die praktyk te beskerm en uit te bou, skryf Leon de Stadler.' (Die Burger, Forum, Saterdag, 27. Aapril 2013, page 13,

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On 22nd April 2013, Uli Spalthoff arrived in Stellenbosch! With our first 9 (!) Dignity press books for the book table of our 21st Annual Conference! These are the wonderful fruits of many years of work! How symbolic that our dear host, Ronèe, has a garden where fruits and flowers of all kinds grown so beautifully!
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On 21st April 2013 dear Ronèe brought me together with two of her dear friends to an afternoon with Nordic Voices in the Stellenbosch University Music Department, Endler Hall, Endler Saal:
"Nordic Voices is a six-voice acappella ensemble, considered to be one of the leading international vocal ensembles in their genre. Performing a repertoire ranging from medieval to contemporary works. They offer an unusual blend of sophisticated music-making and stylish performance.
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On 21st April 2013, dear Ronèe brought me together with two of her dear friends for lunch to the restaurant Die Oewer, where I admired a huge oak tree and the national yellowwood tree:
"The yellowwood family is primeval and has been present in South Africa for more than 100 million years. The species is widespread and is found from Table Mountain, along the southern and eastern Cape coast, in the ravines of the Drakensberg up to the Soutpansberg and the Blouberg in Limpopo. In forests, they can grow up to 40 meters in height with the base of the trunk sometimes up to 3 meters in diameter. In contrast, trees that grow in unsheltered places like mountain-slopes, are often short, bushy and gnarled. The bark of the real yellowwood is khaki-coloured to grey when it is old, deeply split and peels off in strips. The crown is relatively small in relation to its height and is often covered with grey lichen. Male and female cones resemble pine cones and are white, light green or pink. The female cone has a fleshy podocarpium on which the seed, which takes on the shape and colour of a cherry, develops. The leaves are strap-shaped, 25–40 mm. long on mature trees, larger, to 100 mm. long, on vigorous young trees, and 6–12 mm. broad, with a bluntly pointed tip. It is a slow-growing tree. The wood is hard, similar to yew wood, used for furniture, panelling, etc. Due to past over-exploitation, little is now cut."
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On 20th April 2013, dear Ronèe brought me to Lucia di Lammermoor at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town, South Africa, with rising star soprano, Pretty Yende, after her debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera with this concert performance of Donizetti's opera. Conductor Richard Bonynge with Pretty Yende, Colin Lee (tenor), George Stevens (baritone), singers from Cape Town Opera, the Voice of the Nation and members of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Presented by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in association with Artscape.
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17th April 2013, arriving Stellenbosch, lovingly welcomed by Ronèe with wonderful gifts! Among them was this book:
Songs of the Veld, introduced by Marthinus van Bart
This book was banned by the British authorities in South Africa when it appeared in 1902 shortly after the end of the Anglo-Boer War. It contains pro-Boer and anti-imperialist protest poetry that had been published in the weekly London journal, The New Age, and is now reproduced in a facsimile edition with a substantial introduction in English and Afrikaans by Marthinus van Bart. Six South Africans, Betty Molteno, Alice Greene, Anna Purcell, C Louis Leipoldt, Friedrich Kolbe and Albert Cartwright, contributed anonymously despite martial law, under which they could have been tried for treason for doing so. Van Bart tells this fascinating story in his introduction, explaining the important role of women as Cape Rebels. The pen ultimately triumphed over the sword in 2008 when Songs of the Veld became freely available in South Africa for the first time, and this quality publication is now a collector's item, true Africana come home after 106 years.
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17th April 2013, arriving at Cape Town International airport, lovingly welcomed by Hélène Lewis.
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16th April 2013, saying good-bye to my wonderful Norwegian hosts Arild and Morokolo in their home in Blue Valley, Johannesburg, just before Arild is travelling!
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14th April 2013, my wonderful Norwegian home in Johannesburg: Blue Valley!
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On 13th April 2013, dear Morokolo Trametse very kindly took me together with his niece and nephew to the Apartheid Museum. I learned about Helen Suzman, and about Mamphela Ramphele and her announcement of the new party Agang South Africa.
In the evening, I shared with Morokolo my views on how destructive today's definitions of freedom and wealth are, how "liberation" has ended in a new "trap," this time a global trap, and a trap that is much more difficult to recognize than the trap of apartheid. Wherever I go on the planet, places like Alexandra have the potential to display the best of human interconnectivity, however, since this relational wealth is associated with material poverty, it is disparaged. What people abuse their "freedom" to desire instead, are "suburbs" (rather than "townships"), where people live in more or less isolated units. On every continent, these "developments" dot the landscape, ranging from military style housing projects to more "affluent" gated communities, where the prototypes that are multiplied are slightly varied (Tuscany style, for example) and placed on separate plots of land. In all cases supposed "affluence" is connected with isolation. Organic human interconnectivity is replaced by an abstract connection to a profit-driven society. It is detrimental to one's health to eat too much white sugar and bread and drink sugary soft drinks to prove one's wealth; it is as detrimental to prove one's wealth by living in uniform anonymous walls that lack opportunities for the expression of individual and collective creativity in a community that is alive and tangible rather than abstract.
The next day, Morokolo explained that Alexandra was an ideal place to grow up in, however, that the social fabric has been more less destroyed since. The reason being, among others, that the surrounding mainstream society defines high status as having superior amenities and material wealth, and also displays this wealth. In my book Making Enemies, I wrote: "As long as people live far apart with little information about one another, they remain unaware of inequalities. Those who have less are not aware that they are deprived. Under such conditions, relative deprivation may go undetected. To recognize relative deprivation, people must move closer. The more opportunities to compare themselves with others, the more existing inequalities will be acknowledged" (page 42). Opportunities for comparison turn absolute into relative deprivation. When this is coupled with the message of human rights which calls for equality in dignity for all, possible justifications for inequality, such as "this is the will of God" or "this is nature's order," are removed and rage and anger may emerge. In the language of dignity humiliation, it is humiliating to be shown the amenities of modern life in advertisement or by rich neighbors and to be invited into the human family of equal dignity and rights, while simultaneously being deprived of those very amenities.
My wish would be to redefine status and wealth and connect it with well-being and quality of life in new ways. Around the world, it is now increasingly being recognized that if obesity is believed to prove status and wealth, well-being will be served only partly: the satisfaction from having higher status is undermined by bad health. Likewise, if a built environment of uniformity and isolation is seen to prove status and wealth, well-being is served only partly. Removing oppressive aspects of collectivism is an achievement, however, if this translates, to say it provocatively, into fenced houses with lonely inhabitants whose main source of blood-and-flesh company are dogs, then this achievement is undermined. Instead of equality in dignity, inequality in dignity is instituted when people believe that it is a sign of success, happiness, and good life "not to mix with ordinary people."
What would be the solution? I envision a built environment that offers a high level of amenities (intelligent environmentally sustainable sanitation solutions, for example) and affords opportunities for the inhabitants to unfold their individual and collective creativity and build relationships that create social cohesion. If that is achieved, the best of all worlds is preserved. Those who have succeeded in attaining status and wealth, must be willing to engage in some humility and accept without feeling insulted that they may find themselves in a cul de sac with respect to optimal quality of life. Perhaps new technologies can be of help in the future, for example 3-D printing of housing, which would give more freedom to individual creativity in built environments. However, primarily, society would have to replace its current emphasis on quantity with an emphasis on quality, it would have to replace profit maximization as ultimate goal with relational wealth (see A Dignity Economy; just when I thought about this, I received an email making me aware of "Economics and Work for People and Planet," by Peter Merry, October 14, 2011).
Judy Wicks, in her 2004 E. F. Schumacher Lecture, made an interesting list:
• maximization of relationships, not of profits;
• growth of consciousness and creativity, not brands and market share;
• democracy and decentralized ownership, not concentrated wealth;
• a living return, not the highest return;
• a living wage, not the minimum wage;
• a fair price, not the lowest price;
• sharing, not hoarding;
• simplicity, not luxury;
• life-serving, not self-serving;
• partnership, not domination;
• cooperation, not competition;
• win-win exchange, not win-lose exploitation;
• family farms, not factory farms;
• biodiversity, not monocrops;
• cultural diversity, not monoculture;
• creativity, not conformity;
• slow food, not fast food;
• our bucks, not Starbucks;
• our mart, not Wal-Mart;
• a love of life, not a love of money.

In the Apartheid Museum, I was impressed, among others, by learning that necklace lynching emerged in response to "informants filling the prisons." The lesson I drew was the following, provocatively speaking: In the new trap, in which we, the human family, find ourselves globally at the current point in times, we are all informants and inmates at the same time: We are all complicit in maintaining a system that keeps us all in prison, namely a system built on misguided definitions of status, wealth, and well-being.
In other words, liberation is not yet complete, not locally and not globally. And liberation is not to be found in "this is our land and not your land" nor in "freedom" when it is defined as "absence of obstacles." It is to be found in "our planet, of which we are all custodians," and freedom defined as "a level playing field for all to participate as equals in dignity."
I wrote in my book A Dignity Economy:"A culture that defines liberty as unrestrained freedom, including freedom for dominators to make might be right, tends to keep those dominators in power, dooming the broader masses to the role of exploited victims. Only a culture that defines liberty as a level playing field protected by appropriate regulations can protect the common good for all" (page 11).
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On 13th April 2013, dear Morokolo Trametse very kindly took me to his birthplace, wonderfully lively Alexandra Township, then he showed me all the gated communities with high walls and entrance gates with cameras, including Melrose Arch. Then we went to the Constitution Hill, and Morokolo showed me the building from where a visiting English photographer took secret pictures of the abuse going on in the inner-court when it still was a prison. Then he showed me the "Albert Speer" architecture of Apartheid, Sir Herbert Baker, then the Hilltop Water Tower - Yeoville, the green area overlooking the city that is seen as sacred used as a substitute for church by people from Zimbabwe. Morokolo also explained to me, why Jacaranda trees are no longer planted, since they use too much water and are imported from South America. From from afar, he showed me the house where Nelson Mandela lives. We saw the Market Theatre from the highway and the Mandela bridge (Morokolo was the first to pass it when it was finished!). Then we went to the Apartheid Museum.
I also learned about the role of dogs. As during my four months in South America in 2012, also here, in South Africa, I see dogs behind the gates of all the houses that are enclosed in walls. In South America, when asked around, I learned that dogs were needed for security, sometimes, but not always. They were also needed to keep company. Particularly in the Spanish-speaking parts of South America, I observed that dogs seemed to compensate for the lack of human closeness and warmth in society. I felt a harsh atmosphere of fearful distance between people, a lingering fear of aggression, and it seemed that this lack of inter-human trust was compensated by having dogs around whose faithfulness was secured by them being dependent on their owners. When I discussed this with Morokolo, with a psychologist, he suggested that much of this might be similar in South Africa.
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On 12th April 2013, my Norwegian family in Johannesburg, Arild Smith-Christensen and Morokolo Trametse, very kindly brought me to the Market Theatre to see the piece Cadre. It was an introduction into South Africa that has blown me away. The themes of humiliation, dignity, and freedom were intimately intertwined with profoundly painful moral dilemmas. See more pictures at www.artlink.co.za. The play began with the symbol of the African National Congress (ANC) and ended with a symbol of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) liberation movement.
Read the summary of the piece on markettheatre.co.za: Written and directed by Omphile Molusi Cadre provides a deeply relevant portrait of a family, who have to overcome past betrayals of trust in order to live productively in the present. The play looks at how one person's dream for a better future during times of great darkness can have terrible consequences for the rest of the family. Cadre has been written to honour the 21,000 people who died during apartheid: families, friends and all the unsung heroes who helped to achieve our democracy. However, with 19,000 deaths a year due to crime and poverty the play questions whether we have forgotten why we fought for freedom. Omphile Molusi states - 'When we demolished the apartheid system, we thought that the fight was over. We can all accept each other now. We are a part of a diverse community. For the most part, we all get along. But what we should realise is that if we are too careless – through corruption, lack of service delivery, arrogance or negligence – we might lose this dreamland. It is important to remind ourselves of why we fought for freedom so that we avoid history repeating itself.' Omphile Molusi's last play to be performed at the Market Theatre was Itsoseng, which has since travelled widely internationally and achieved great acclaim. The Market Theatre is proud to be supporting this new play by one of South Africa's most promising young writers.
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28th February 2013, in Hamelin, Germany.
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26th February 2013, having the privilege of being with Berit Ås, in Nesbru, between Oslo and Drammen, Norway. Berit Ås gave me the honour of being in my doctoral committee on 26th May 2001 (together with Professors Jan Smedslund, Stephen von Tetzchner, Karsten Hundeide for Lee Ross), when I was awarded of the doctoral degree in psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway (Dr. psychol., topic: The Psychology of Humiliation: Somalia, Rwanda / Burundi, and Hitler's Germany).
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25th February 2013, having the privilege of being with Nora Sveaass in Oslo, Norway.
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25th February 2013, having the privilege of meeting John Y. Jones at breath-taking Voksenåsen, Oslo, Norway.
See his work, among others:
•  in the Development Dialogue, No. 53, November 2009 .
• See also his text "Dag vs DAC" where he writes: "In his last years before he met his untimely death in Africa half a century ago, UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld challenged the colonial powers' continued attempts to quell the quest for freedom sweeping the continent. He expressed his frustration over "many member Nations [who] have not yet accepted the very limits put on their national ambitions by the very existence of the United Nations and by the membership of that Organisation". Hammarskjöld's warning about Africa being turned into a "happy hunting ground" has sadly been proven right..." [read more]
• See, furthermore, Careers, Kings and Consultants, published as "Etterarbeid med mening" in Vårt Land, Oslo, Norway, 2008.
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22nd February 2013, Dag-Eirik Eikeland kindly showed me Haraldshaugen, the monument erected for Harald Haarfagre on the West Coast of Norway near the Haugesund. This is the text on the bronce plate on the monument: "Til Minde om Harald Haarfagre Som Samlede Norges Fylker Til Et Rige, Reiste Normænd Denne Sten Tusind Aar Etter Slaget i Hafsfjord 1872"! (English: It was in memory of Harald Haarfagre, who brought together Norway into one Kingdom, that Norwegians erected this stone one thousand years after the battle of Hafsfjord, in 1872)
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22nd February 2013, Leirvik in Stord (Leirvik er et tettsted og administrasjonssenteret i Stord kommune i Hordaland), Norway, with Tora and Dag-Eirik Eikeland!

Dag Eirik Eikeland read to me: "Um Pengar," Lesestykke, 1920, Av Arne Garborg:
Pengar hev ikkje noko verd i seg sjølv. Du kann ikkje eta dei, ikkje drikka dei, ikkje klæda deg med dei. Du kunde hava lumma full av pengar, og svelta, tyrsta, frjosa i hel - um der ikkje var mat og drikka og klæde å få.
Pengar er langt ifrå det største gode, ikkje det næst største heller. Men dei er eit stort gode for den som brukar dei vitugt.
For pengar kann ein få alt, heiter det. - Nei, ein kann ikkje det.
Ein kann kjøpa seg
mat, men ikkje mathug,
dropar, men ikkje helsa,
mjuke senger, men ikkje svevn,
lærdom, men ikkje vit,
stas, men ikkje venleik,
glans, men ikkje hygge,
moro, men ikkje gleda,
kameratar, men ikkje venskap,
tenarar, men ikkje truskap,
gråe hår, men ikkje æra,
rolege dagar, men ikkje fred.
Skalet av alle ting kann ein få for pengar. Men ikkje kjernen; den er ikkje for pengar fal.

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20th February 2013, lutefisk! A wonderful feast, prepared by Tora and Dag-Eirik Eikeland in their home on the West Coast of Norway!
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20th and 21st February 2013, view from Tora and Dag-Eirik Eikeland's lovely home in Stord, on the West Coast of Norway.

Tora read this poem to me, titled "Slik vil vi reise" / "It is thus we wish to travel" by André Bjerke, from En kylling under stjernene (1960):

Slik vil vi reise på jorden: som frø brister
opp i en retning av grønn tilsynekomst.
Ikke som flue på ruten eller turister,
men som en plante reiser fra blad til blomst.

Slik vil vi reise på jorden: som temaet i en sonate
stadig på nye steder forvandler seg selv.
Eller bare: som barn i barndommens gate
løper efter en ball en sommerkveld.

Translation by Evelin Lindner:
It is thus we wish to travel on this planet: like seeds bursting
up in a direction of green appearance.
Not as fly on the windowpane or tourists,
but as a plant that moves from leaf to flower.

It is thus we wish to travel on this planet: as the theme of a sonata
constantly in new places transforming itself.
Or just: as children in childhood's way
running after a ball on a summer evening.


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19th February 2013, "Verdighetens økonomi," presentation at Stord kyrkjeakademi, Stord, West Coast of Norway, upon the kind invitation of Tora and Dag-Eirik Eikeland.
See the article in the local newspaper Sunnhordland from 19th February 2013 (picture on the left), and the announcement on the website of the Sunnhordland Museum (picture on the right).
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13th February 2013, a little visit to the Opera of Oslo, Norway.
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13th February 2013, with dear Maria Dahle in Oslo, Norway.
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9th February 2013, with dear Pamela Hiley and her three sons, Bjarte, Allan, and Benjamin, on the occasion of the celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Snake, in Oslo, Norway. Bjarte Hiley shared his experiences in Wudangshan with a wonderful presentation.
This was Pamela's invitation: "Nyttårsfeiring - Vannslangens år 2013, Scenehuset Majorstuen, lørdag 9. februar kl 19:00. I år er det den svarte slangen - vannslangens år - Norsk Taiji Senters 30 års jubileumsår. Slangens år er et forvandlingens år, representert med slangens hamskifte. Det er også et år for ettertanke og filosofiske betraktninger."
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7th February 2013, with dear Lasse Moer at the University of Oslo, Norway.
He video-taped my lecture on the 23rd February 2013.
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5th February 2013, in Bygdøy allé, Oslo, Norway, with dear Guri & Esben!
Listen to the famous song "Når Kastanjene Blomstrer i Bygdøy Allé" ("When the Chestnut Trees Bloom in Bygdøy Allé")!
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2nd February 2013, with dear Trine Eklund in Oslo, Norway.
Please see the three videos we created:
•  Trine Eklund: What Are the Most Important Lessons that Future Peace Movements Can Learn from the Past?
This video was recorded on 2nd February 2013 in Oslo, Norway. Evelin Lindner asked Trine about her experiences and insights when looking back on 33 years of peace work.
•  Trine Eklund: The Norwegian Peace Movement - A Personal Account, video recorded on 31st January 2013 in Oslo, Norway, by Evelin Lindner. (Please note that several video clips have been cut together for this video, all recorded on the same day. You will see that Trine speaks about certain topics twice, each time from a slightly different angle.)
•  Trine Eklund: Nordic Women's Peace Marches - A Personal Account, video recorded on 31st January 2013 in Oslo, Norway, by Evelin Lindner
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1st February 2013, with dear Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite in Oslo, Norway.
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26th January 2013, with dear Nina Witoszek, her husband, and their friends, in Oslo, Norway.
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25th January 2013, "Ydmykelse som bakenforliggende motiv i internasjonale konflikter og politisk massevold," lecture at the Department of Political Science/Institutt for statsvitenskap, at the University of Oslo, Norway, invited by Bernt Hagtvet, as part of STV1530 - Folkemord og politisk massevold i det 20. århundre, Aud 1, SV-Bygget, Blindern.
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24th January 2013, "Banaz: A Love Story," Fritt Ord and Fuuse, by Deeyah, followed by a Q&A with Director and Producer Deeyah, Detective Superintendent Caroline Goode, Campaigner Diana Nammi, and Author and Professor of Social Antropology Unni Wikan. Writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster Kenan Malik moderated the conversation. Time and Date: Thursday, 24 January 2013 at 7 p.m. Venue: Fritt Ord Foundation, Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo, Norway.
Banaz Mahmod was brutally murdered by her own family, in an honour killing. This film tells Banaz's story, in her own words, for the first time – and tells the story of the extraordinary police team who refused to give up, and finally brought her killers to justice.
Film funded by: Fritt Ord, produced and directed by: Deeyah – www.deeyah.com, production company: Fuuse – www.fuuse.net.
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23rd January 2013, a wonderful evening with beloved Deeyah and Kjell Skyllstad in Litteraturhuset in Oslo, Norway!
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23rd January 2013, Dignity and Humiliation: Norway and the concept of "likeverd," lecture at the Department of Psychology/Psykologisk institutt at the University of Oslo, Norway (Harald Schjelderups hus, Forskningsveien 3, Auditorium 1, as part of PSYC3203 - Anvendt sosialpsykologi, see also www.sv.uio.no).
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