Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation

In this talk, Evelin Lindner reports from her personal experience.

Evelin Lindner

Evelin Lindner.

The background is the 25th Annual Dignity Conference that Evelin Lindner and her network organized in Kigali, Rwanda's capital, in June 2015, and the 29th Annual Dignity Conference that took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in September 2016.

Lindner embeds the case of Rwanda into a larger context that is relevant for all world regions. Mutually dignifying dialogue is the path to the human rights ideal that "every human being is born equal in dignity and rights."

However, in an atmosphere of fear, traditional power-over strategies that seemed long forgotten tend to re-surface even in the most peace-minded social contexts. Traditional authoritarian strategies for securing power and stability may emerge when people face adversity, and complex psychological dynamics of humiliation may be set in motion.

Lindner calls for a global citizens movement that takes its inspiration from the Norwegian cultural heritage of likeverd, dugnad, and global solidarity (Nansenpasset). 

About the Lecturer

Evelin Lindner has a dual education as a Medical Doctor and a Psychologist, with a Ph.D. in Medicine from the University in Hamburg in Germany, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo.

She is the founding president of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), a global transdisciplinary community of concerned academics and practitioners who wish to promote dignity and transcend humiliation around the world.

She is also co-founder of the World Dignity University initiative, including Dignity Press and World Dignity University Press. All initiatives are not-for-profit efforts.

Her first book, based on her doctoral dissertation in psychology, Making Enemies: Humiliation and International Conflict, was honored as "Outstanding Academic Title" by the journal Choice in 2007. Desmond Tutu wrote the Foreword for her third book Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security. Her fourth book A Dignity Economy came out in 2012, and her fifth book, Honor, Humiliation, and Terror, is forthcoming.

A full list of Evelin’s publications is available on the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies website.

Published Jan. 26, 2017 11:09 AM - Last modified Jan. 26, 2017 11:42 AM