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From Humiliation to Dignity:
For a Future of Global Solidarity

by Evelin Lindner
2021


Lake Oswego, OR: Dignity University Press, an imprint of Dignity Press

Foreword by Howard Richards
philosopher of social science and scholar of peace and global studies


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Subjects:
Honour, dignity, decorum, humiliation, ecocide, sociocide, dignism, solidarity, dialogue, nondualism, unity in diversity, partnership.
Trans-cultural and trans-disiplinary studies, history, social philosophy, political science, sociology, global studies, anthropology, psychology (clinical, cultural, community, social psychology), neuroscience

Book presentations
Book presentation at Columbia University, Teachers College, Gottesman Libraries, room Russell 306, on December 5, 2018, 12.00 - 2pm. See the invitation flyer and the event announced in the Gottesman Libraries Calendar. (Please be aware that this is an unedited video). Thank you most warmly, dear Jennifer Govan, for making this talk possible!

• From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity — From a Virus Pandemic to a Pandemic of Dignity: How Can We Escape Complicity with Institutionalized Humiliation?, presentation of 48 minutes recorded on December 6, 2020, and presentation of 51 minutes recorded on December 5, 2020, in Germany, for the 17th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict that was originally scheduled to take place at Columbia University in New York City, in December 2020. See the background text.
From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity — A Meta-Narrative for Times of Radical Transformation
, presentation of one hour and ten minutes recorded on November 17, 2020, in Germany, for the 17th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict that was originally scheduled to take place at Columbia University in New York City, in December 2020. See the background text.
See also a presentation with a similar title prepared for another conference on 13th December 2020, pre-recorded on 16th November 2020 in Germany, with one version of 25 minutes and a longer version of one hour

Related articles
From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity – The Coronavirus Pandemic as Opportunity in the Midst of Suffering
Paper finalised on 2nd April 2020 in Germany, while taking care of my 94-years old father in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic that began in China in December 2019, to be reprinted in InterViews: An Interdisciplinary Journal in Social Sciences, in July 2020.
German translation by Georg-Wilhelm Geckler:
Von der Demütigung zur Würde: Für eine Zukunft der globalen Solidarität Die Coronavirus-Pandemie als Chance in der Not

See more on www.humiliationstudies.org/whoweare/evelin02.php



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Short key words
• transdisciplinary inquiry
• history of humiliation, honour, decorum, and dignity
• ecocide and sociocide
• future dignity and peace
• future global solidarity
• reflections from a global citizen

Expanded key words
• transdisciplinary inquiry of the historical path of the concept of humiliation in relation to the notions of honour, decorum, and dignity
• the history and present reality of honour and humiliation, and of human rights ideals and humiliation
• from ecocide and sociocide towards dignity and peace
• paths to global solidarity through dignism
• a real-world analysis and experiential inquiry and reflections from a global citizen

Short Biography of the Author
Evelin Lindner has a dual education as a Medical Doctor and a Psychologist, with a Ph.D. in Medicine (Dr. med.) from the University in Hamburg in Germany, and a Ph.D. in Psychology (Dr. psychol.) from the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo in Norway. She is the founding president of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), a global transdisciplinary community of concerned academics and practitioners who wish to stimulate systemic change, globally and locally, to open space for dignity, mutual respect and esteem to take root and grow. Our goal is ending systemic humiliation and humiliating practices, preventing new ones from arising, and opening space for feelings of humiliation to nurture constructive social change, so that we call can join in healing the cycles of humiliation throughout the world. Linda Hartling is the director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies. Lindner is also co-founder of the World Dignity University initiative, including Dignity Press and World Dignity University Press. All initiatives are not for profit. She lives and teaches globally and is affiliated with the University of Oslo since 1997 (first with the Department of Psychology, and later also with its Centre for Gender Research, and with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights). Furthermore, she is affiliated with Columbia University in New York City since 2001 (with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, AC4), and since 2003 with the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. She convenes two conferences per year together with the HumanDHS network, and more than 30 conferences have been conducted since 2003 all around the world. One conference takes place each December at Columbia University in New York City, it is the Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, with Morton Deutsch as honorary convener until his passing in 2017. The other conference takes place at a different location each year, since 2003 in Europe (Paris, Berlin, Oslo, Dubrovnik), Costa Rica, China, Hawai’i, Turkey, New Zealand, South Africa, Rwanda, and Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. See for a list of past and future conferences and the status of the work here. Lindner has received several awards, and as a representative of the dignity work of HumanDHS, she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2017.


 


Contents

Foreword by Howard Richards
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction


Part I: Humiliation and humility – A timeline from 1315 to 1948
Chapter 1: 1315 — The journey of humility and humiliation begins
Chapter 2: 1757 — A new meaning of the verb to humiliate emerges
Chapter 3: 1948 — Human rights ideals separate humiliation from humility and shame
Chapter 4: 1948 — In awe of inherent dignity

Part II: 1948 and beyond – Equal dignity for all!
Chapter 5: Dignity is yearned for all around the world
Chapter 6: Beware of dignity mission creeps
Chapter 7: Beware of systemic humiliation – Sociocide and ecocide
Chapter 8: Can we rise from humiliation?

Part III: Where do we go from here? A future of solidarity?
Chapter 9: How we got here
Chapter 10: What makes the present historical juncture so challenging
Chapter 11: What now? Egalisation, dignism, and unity in diversity
Chapter 12: A call to action

Afterthoughts by Francisco Gomes de Matos
Index
References


 


Foreword by Howard Richards

The central message of this book emerges gradually as the confluence of many lines of research and reflection employing various methodologies, various conceptual schemes, various models and various vocabularies. It cannot really be understood without reading through the evidence and argument that show not only what the central message is, but also that it is true. Nevertheless, I will begin this Foreword by trying as hard as I can to summarise it briefly. Then I will offer an opinion on how to get from here to there. ‘Here’ refers to the world as it is. ‘There’ refers to the world as it needs to be. Lastly, I will make a remark on method.
Emotions have histories. Our experiences today of shame or humiliation, or of the happier emotions associated with dignity, are present-day outcomes of centuries-long histories. If we include the long evolution of the human species, from the time of our common grandmother Mitochondrial Eve until now, then we can speak of the millennia-long histories of our emotions. We could go even farther back, all the way to the appearance of the first unicellular organisms on planet earth, approximately 2.3 billion years ago.
This book breaks up history in a way that features two major periods in the history of emotions. The first, and by far the longest, began when our ancestors first crossed the somewhat arbitrary imaginary line that marked their passage from being pre-hominids to being hominids. It ended, after about 190,000 years, with what anthropologists call ‘circumscription’. During that time the deepest and most fundamental features in the human emotional repertory were composed. [read more]
Howard Richards
Professor, Philosopher of Social Science and Scholar of Peace and Global Studies
Limache, Chile
January 2018


 

 

Executive Summary

The book From humiliation to dignity: For a future of global solidarity came into being as part of the author’s overall dignity work that reaches back many decades. The author was born into a family that was deeply affected by war and displacement, and therefore ‘never again’ became the motto of her life. The author offers a complex analysis in the book. This synopsis attempts to highlight, abbreviate, and simplify certain aspects.
Few people seem to take in that we, Homo sapiens, live in a historical moment that is unparalleled not just in terms of crises but also in terms of opportunity. History does not go in circles. For the first time in our history, humanity is in a position to succeed in bringing about adaptations that are long overdue. For the first time, humankind can fully appreciate its place in the cosmos. Unlike our ancestors, we can see pictures of our Blue Marble from the perspective of an astronaut. Unlike our forebears, we have the privilege of experiencing the overview effect with respect to our planet — we can see it from outside — which helps us understand that we humans are one species living on one tiny planet. We can feel ‘the ecology of the living’ taking place within one circumscribed biopoetic space that is shared between all beings, we can embrace biophilia. We have access to a much more comprehensive knowledge base than our grandparents ever had, so that many lessons of our forebears no longer hold. We have all the knowledge and skills required to build mutual trust and solidarity at a global scale. We can humanise globalisation by reaping the benefits that the global ingathering of humanity provides.
In that situation, where do we stand, as humanity? Are we capable and willing to cooperate globally? Perhaps our human nature condemns us to hate, fight, compete for dominance, and exploit each other and the planet? Or can we cooperate in solidarity? If yes, can we do so globally? After all, no single country, no single region, can tackle global challenges alone. ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is an African saying. Can our global village become a village that raises its children in dignity and keeps them safe? Is it a valid promise or empty rhetoric when we say, ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’? Can equal dignity and equal rights serve as a moral compass for a decent future in solidarity for humankind? Or not? Is there hope for a ‘global democracy and human self-transcendence’? Or will parochial pride always stand in the way? Will we be part of the mass extinction of species that we have unleashed in the past decades? Are we in ‘hospital’ or already in ‘hospice’?
The author’s family’s painful experience with German history brought the vulnerability of our human-made world-system to her in the starkest of ways. As a result, she is often aware of looming crises earlier than others, she is more sensitised to the need to prevent crises systemically rather than responding to them haphazardly and post-hoc. In 1945, Germany was defeated, is humanity defeating itself now?
Since childhood, the author ’s aim has been to learn whether there is hope for ‘never again’, never again mass destruction, never again the systemic humiliation that flows from war and genocide. Since childhood, she strives to understand the range of human capabilities, the range of what humans are capable of in terms of hatred and love, of violence and peace, of competition and cooperation, of short-sighted foolishness versus far-sighted wisdom. At the age of twenty, she began with what she calls ‘living globally’, ‘being sedentary in the global village’, immersing myself into different cultural realms all around the world, much more deeply than through mere ‘travel’.
When she was forty years old, after twenty years of global living, she felt she had learned enough to embark on an ambitious plan. She wanted to outline in one single paragraph the life mission that would carry her until the end of her days. For three years, she reflected deeply and dialogued with everyone she met. She asked, What is the most significant obstacle to global cooperation? This was her intuitive answer that she formulated:

Cycles of humiliation will become the greatest obstacle to global cooperation the more the world interconnects, the more its finiteness makes itself palpable, and the more human rights ideals of equal dignity become salient and create expectations that were absent before.

The author had two sources for this answer, first, her own experience, and, second, lessons from history. First, through working for many years as a clinical psychologist, both in Western and non-Western contexts, she had learned that humiliation has the potency to create the deepest of rifts between people, so deep that cooperation becomes impossible. She had also learned that this effect amplifies wherever human rights ideals of equal dignity are salient, and the more resources are scarce. Second, she remembered history lessons at school that taught that the Versailles Treaties at the end of the First World War were intended to humiliate Germany and teach it humility, however, that this backfired and led to more war. After the Second World War, Germany was included as a respected member in the European family, and this led to peace. In short, humiliation led to war and respect to peace.
With these pieces of information and hunches in mind, she went to the library expecting to find abundant literature on humiliation. This was in 1996. To her immense surprise, she found almost nothing. She found only one single academic book with the phrase ‘humiliation’ in the title, a book from 1993 by a professor of law, William Ian Miller, where he explores ancient codes of honour and shows how virulent they still are. At the same time, the phenomenon of humiliation itself was everywhere, not least in all literature on war and aggression, yet, humiliation was not the main focus. The psychological literature on emotions did mention humiliation, but it subsumed it under the heading of shame, regarding it as part of the shame continuum. To the author, this felt wrong. Not least her seven years of experience as a psychotherapist in Egypt had taught her that one can very well feel humiliation without feeling shame, that humiliation and shame can only be placed in the same continuum when a mindset of honour reigns, no longer in a context where the ideal of equal dignity is established.
Starting from these reflections, she planned her doctoral research in social psychology with the title The psychology of humiliation: Somalia, Rwanda / Burundi, and Hitler’s Germany. She defended this doctorate in 2001. By now, in 2021, her global ‘never again’ mission has provided her with more insights. After altogether forty-seven years of global experience, she feels she can contribute with relevant reflections on humanity’s most existential questions. Therefore, she dared writing this book.
Even though it is not very advisable to provide overly simplified abbreviations, particularly not in times of polarisation, the following is a tentative summary of her conclusions in 2021, always mindful of the dangers of simplification:

We, the species Homo sapiens, have dug ourselves into a multitude of perilous crises, both despite and because of what we call progress. We engage in systemic humiliation — ecocide and sociocide, the degradation of our eco-sphere and socio-sphere at a global scale — we shred our relations with our habitat and with each other. The suffix –cide comes from caedere in Latin and means ‘killing’. We sell out dignity, sometimes even under the guise of dignity rhetoric. We catalyse this degradation by damaging our cogito-sphere, the realm of thinking and reflection. We do so to the point of cogitocide and risk sliding in shared sightlessness towards collective suicide as a species, even towards omnicide, the annihilation of all life on Earth.
If we, as humanity, wish to heal ecocide and sociocide and survive in dignity, the next step must be to overcome cogitocide, the destruction of our thinking. We as humanity need to face the fact that we stand at the edge of a Seneca cliff, the kind of rapid collapse that characterises the disintegration of complex systems. We need to face this calamity calmly, neither with panic nor with denial. Our scientists inform us that we have a window of opportunity of around ten years to step back from the edge.
Unfortunately, so far, instead of recognising the depth of the existential crises we are in and grasping the historic opportunity to exit, it seems that most of us choose to stay myopic. To counter this trend, a look at big history is useful. A wide lens makes primary problems visible that spawn secondary, tertiary, and quaternary ones. The so-called Neolithic Revolution merits renewed attention. It was a definitorial turning point in human history and it saw humankind’s primary problem emerge, namely, competition for domination and control. Due to its partial success, this remained Homo sapiens’ master survival strategy during the past millennia. It is a uni-dimensional and uni-lateral strategy that seeks ‘negative’ peace by following the motto of the classical security dilemma ‘If you want peace, prepare for war’. It works through a double intervention, namely, on one side keeping one’s enemies out with weapons, while holding down one’s own with routine humiliation. Over time the growth dilemma of ‘If you want prosperity, invest in exploitation’ superimposed itself and merged with the security dilemma.
Competition for domination is a mindset and social and societal order that completely outlives its already limited usefulness the more interconnected the world grows and the more overstretched Earth’s carrying capacity becomes. ‘More of the same’ transmutes into collective suicide. As long as this mindset is upheld, even colonising a new planet would not help, as its resources would soon be depleted as well. In a globally interconnected world, ‘negative peace’ amounts to systemic cogitocide and sociocide at a global level, it divides the global community just when it needs to come together, and by doing so, it also hastens global ecocide. Human rights ideals of global partnership in mutual solidarity represent the only lifesaving strategy.
The dominator mindset also drives cycles of humiliation and systemic humiliation to hitherto unseen levels. Wherever human rights ideals are salient, wherever equal dignity is promised but withheld, feelings of humiliation no longer translate into obedient humbleness, they have the force to become the ‘nuclear bomb of the emotions’. Clashes of civilisations are harmless compared with clashes of humiliation. In the absence of leaders of the calibre of a Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi, cycles of humiliation have the potency to turn the global village into a war zone, to close doors for cooperation that otherwise would stand open.
In the new context, ideas that were deemed unrealistic and wishful dreaming during the past millennia, are now the only realistic ones. Citizen-to-citizen trust building at a global scale is the only path to achieving lasting global dignity. The traditional male role script of competition for domination is obsolete, and men and women are invited to embrace global partnership in mutual trust, care, and solidarity together. The call must be: Let us celebrate respect for equal dignity for all as responsible individuals free to engage in loving solidarity with each other and with our planet, on this small and finite planet that is our common home, let us celebrate diversity without humiliation, through unity in equality in dignity. Let us humanise globalisation and co-create a world of dignism.

This is how the author sees the situation of our species Homo sapiens, extremely simplified. In short, she sees a need for eutopian imagination at an unparalleled scale. Unfortunately, the list of obstacles that stand in the way is long. The profit motive stands in the way, for instance, when it fails to serve the common good and entraps the world in systemic humiliation. Academia becomes irrelevant and loses its ability to inspire new thinking when it allows itself to be blind, be it through letting market forces capture it or through siloisation, or a combination. Even the mindfulness movement — as valuable as its emphasis on the ‘present moment’ is — becomes counterproductive when it devolves into ‘McMindfulness’ and cultivates ‘social amnesia’ through ‘collective forgetting of historical memory’. Anger stands in the way when drama surrounding a few individuals and their wrongdoings absorbs all energy and leaves the long-term systemic planning that waits to be done unattended.
This book weaves together a large number of diverse voices and offers an analytic overview over all of human history — where we come from, where we stand now, and where we go. It explores the notion of dignity, the opportunities it offers, and it delineates a decent path into the future. It approaches dignity from all directions, also from its violation, humiliation. The first part of the book has therefore the title ‘Humiliation and humility — A timeline from 1315 to 1948’. The second part looks at dignity under the heading ‘Equal dignity for all’. The third part wonders, ‘Where do we go from here?’, then it discusses ways into the future and calls for action. The book suggests dignism as a vision for the future, dignism as a term formed from dignity and ‑ism. The book calls for co-globegalisation, a term formed from cooperation, globalisation, and egalisation, which is short for equal dignity for all in solidarity and freedom. These are the three parts:

Part I: Humiliation and humility — A timeline from 1315 to 1948
Part II: 1948 and beyond — Equal dignity for all!
Part III: Where do we go from here? A future of solidarity?

Half of the book is taken up by endnotes. As we live in times of ‘fake news’, it becomes ever more important to provide thick layers of references and links to related works. Clearly, this is easier to realise in digital publications, and therefore the endnotes are shortened in the printed version of this book. The endnotes offer two kinds of references for two different readerships, and the reader is tasked to discern and choose whatever is helpful. The first kind are academic references for researchers who wish to understand my particular path of investigation and want to delve deeper into the topic at hand, the second kind speaks to a more general audience by suggesting easily accessible popularisations of the themes discussed.
It is important to clarify that the author of this book, while she is the founding president of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, is also a researchers on her own account. This is a very important point, because what is presented in this book does not define any ‘official position’ of the HumanDHS community. On the contrary, the author wishes to inspire her readers to forge their own pathways to exploring dignity and humiliation. As conveners, the author, together with Linda Hartling, the director of HumanDHS, attempts to nurture unity in diversity by holding the diversity of all network members, a diversity of which she herself is only one part.
The author of this book has been living on all continents for the past forty-five years. On her global path, she has witnessed how the promise that is entailed in the sentence ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’ has become a foundational value, far beyond mere legal concepts. This promise seems to be a genie that, once unleashed, cannot be put back into the bottle anymore, and this despite the fact that it is betrayed widely and frequently. The promise has force now. Despite its complexity and despite its betrayal, the notion of dignity has found its way not just into hearts and minds but into the centre of many constitutional texts. It speaks to the deep human desire to rise up from being pushed down — it is an embodied longing, beyond language, beyond legal instruments. It is the simple and straightforward yearning to be respected as an equal human being among fellow human beings.

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Endorsements

Standing on the edge of countless catastrophes, humanity needs to chart a course forward more powerful than the problems erupting today. That is purpose of this book! Informed by 45 years of scholarship on all continents, Evelin Lindner calls us to seize our remaining window of opportunity. She offers us our best hope for a better future, a journey toward global unity built on a courageous foundation of loving dignity.
Linda Hartling, Director, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies and World Dignity University initiative

This is much more than a history-making book: It is a uniquely DIGNImaking contribution to Human Character Elevation and to in-depth Humility
Francisco Gomes de Matos – A peace linguist from Recife, Brazil

Evelin Lindner is rightly pointing out the tragic destiny uf humanity, facing so many humiliations and surviving through a permanent, and often heroic, fight for dignity. As a renowned activist for a human emancipation from all kinds of humiliation, social, economic or political, she brilliantly shows in this book that any social order is not even conceivable without establishing dignity as the main human institution.
Bertrand Badie, Professeur émérite des Universités à Sciences Po Paris. See his book Le Temps des Humiliés, Paris: Odile Jacob, 2014, translated by Jeff Lewis in 2017, Humiliation in International Relations: A Pathology of Contemporary International Systems, Oxford and Portland, Oregon: Hart.

We must all be grateful that the extremely distinguished Medical Doctor and Psychologist Evelin Lindner has given us a book which can guide humanity to a sane and sustainable future. Her book, From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity, outlines the steps that are urgently needed to build a new global ethic, in which local loyalties to family and nation will be supplemented by a higher loyalty to humanity as a whole. Only an ethic of solidarity within the world's entire human family can save us from the multiple interlinked threats that we face today: militarism, the climate crisis and excessive inequality.
John Scales Avery, theoretical chemist, part of a group associated with the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995

Evelin Lindner is one of our most important voices for conflict resolution, human dignity, peace and global solidarity, and has, with her research-based commitment laid down a lifelong work, not least in the form of international publications. In this book, too, the study of conflicts is understood and portrayed through the decisive role that humiliation and the restoration of dignity plays. Can we raise our children to dignified lives and a world of respect for each other? Do we still think this is possible? On what should we build the hope for a peaceful world today and how shall we prevent oppression, the human urge to oppress and exploit others in a persistent competition? These questions are more relevant than ever, and in this book, Lindner tries to answer them all. By presenting the great story – big history – Lindner places us in ‘the dark era of the twenty-first century’, but at the same time offers concrete advice on how we can get out of the self-defeating ‘cycles of humiliation’. ‘Equal dignity in solidarity’ – in short, dignism – can become reality.
Norwegian original:
Evelin Lindner er en av vårt tids viktigste stemmer for konfliktløsning, menneskeverd, fred og global solidaritet, og har med sitt forskningsbasert engasjement, lagt ned et livslangt arbeid, ikke minst i form av internasjonale publikasjoner. Også i denne boken er studiet av konflikter forstått og fremstilt gjennom den avgjørende rolle ydmykelse og gjenopprettelse av verdighet spiller. Kan vi oppdra våre barn til verdige liv og til en verden preget av respekt for hverandre? Tror vi fortsatt dette er mulig? Hva skal vi bygge håpet om en fredelig verden på i dag og hvordan skal vi forebygge undertrykkelse, menneskets trang til å undertrykke og utnytte andre i en vedvarende konkurransesituasjon? Disse spørsmålene er mer aktuelle enn noen gang, og i denne boken forsøker Lindner å svare på dem alle. Gjennom å presentere den store historien – big history – plasserer Lindner oss  i ‘the dark era of the twenty-first century’, men tilbyr samtidig en rekke konkrete råd om hvordan vi kan komme ut av de selvødeleggende ‘cycles of humiliation’. ‘Equal dignity in solidarity’ – in short, dignism – can become reality.
Inga Bostad, Professor of Philosophy, Director, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway

Evelin Lindner continues her unfailing engagement for world peace in her new book From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity. As a Western scholar, with experience from the South, and insisting on being a world citizen, she is able to pinpoint our Western shortcomings when it comes to building peaceful, just, and sustainable societies. The world is using abnormal and growing sums to build military might, including modernizing nuclear weapons, the world’s most devastating invention, but fails to meet the needs and concerns of its people. The inequality gap is growing, creating justified anger by those who are left behind. Evelin Lindner contributes substantially to the new reflection that is needed to get us out of the dominant capitalistic, confrontational, and competitive patterns, and instead help us concentrate our energy, creativity, and empathic potential on how to cooperate, in and with dignity, to save humanity and our planet from the global environmental and climate threat. 
Ingeborg Breines, former Co-President of the International Peace Bureau (IPB), former Director of Women and a Culture of Peace at UNESCO, and Special Adviser to the Director-General on Women, Gender and Development

Scholar and visionary Evelin Lindner analyzes our looming, self-enacting, path to extinction. By reviewing human history through the lens of honor, humiliation, and dignity, she develops a counterstrategy. She challenges the very frameworks of domination of people and nature led by exploitative, corporate, and dictatorial forces. She illuminates a pathway for dignified, egalitarian solidarity, one that is grounded in the capacities of 'we, as humankind' to generate new frameworks, cultivate sensitivity, and incorporate the language of dignity. Lindner advocates engaging these social capacities and current empirical knowledge with the perspective of one planet-one humanity. She demonstrates how we can redirect a massive historic turn toward a global citizens movement for new global life-supporting mechanisms and dignity-sustaining constituent rules.
Janet C. Gerson, Ed.D. Education Director, International Institute on Peace Education



 


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December 5, 2018 Evelin's book talk: From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity
Columbia University, Teachers College, Gottesman Libraries, room Russell 306.
See the invitation flyer and the event announced in the Gottesman Libraries Calendar. Thank you most warmly, dear Jennifer Govan, for making this talk possible!

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