Dignity or Humiliation: The World at a Crossroad
Lecture by Evelin G. Lindner as a part of PSYC3203 - Applied social psychology/ Anvendt sosialpsykologi
Part 1 (13:32min.)
- Part 2 (12:47min.): The film "Humiliation and Coping in War"
- Part 3 (27:47min.)
- Part 4 (28:20min.)
This lecture is a condensed summary of what usually is a five-day workshop. It is an introduction into the work of Evelin Lindner. As you see, it is divided into four parts, (1) beginning, (2) small film, and (3) and (4) rest. The talk highlights how globalization is interlinked with new and unprecedented psychological dynamics that call for novel solutions at all levels - macro, meso and micro levels - and in all fields of public policy.The lecture was held at the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo in Norway (Harald Schjelderups hus, Forskningsveien 3, Auditorium 1, as part of PSYC3203 - Anvendt sosialpsykologi), on 14th January, 2009, 9.15-11.00.
• Please see background material to this lecture downloadable in full text from www.humiliationstudies.org/whoweare/evelin02.php.
• See an overview over the contents of this lecture in "Times of Globalization and Human Rights: Does Humiliation Become the Most Disruptive Force?" in the Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, Volume 1, Number 1, March 2007. See an earlier version at http://ssrn.com/abstract=668742 (this paper's SSRN ID is 668742).
• For more recent papers see, among others, "The Need for a New World," and, and, since this lecture was given in Norway, "What the World’s Cultures Can Contribute to Creating a Sustainable Future for Humankind," a paper prepared for the 11th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), 23th June-1st July 2008, in Norway. The latter paper hightlights the significance of Norway and Norwegian contributions to world peace.
• Lindner's book Making Enemies: Humiliation and International Conflict. (2006), has been honored as "path-breaking book" and one of the "Outstanding Academic Titles" in 2007 in the USA by the journal Choice.
• Lindner's second book, Emotion and Conflict: How Human Rights Can Dignify Emotion and Help Us Wage Good Conflict, came out in March 2009.
• See the Special Issue of Social Alternatives, "Humiliation and History in Global Perspectives" (2006) by the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network.
• See the Special Symposium Issue of Experiments in Education, "Humiliation in the Academic Setting" (2008) by the HumanDHS network.
• See publications from the entire Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network at www.humiliationstudies.org/publications/publications.php.
• Find an overview of the HumanDHS Annual Conferences at www.humiliationstudies.org/whoweare/annualmeetings.php. Everybody is invited!
Special thanks go to the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo. Without their support, the doctoral project on humiliation that Lindner carried out between 1997 and 2001, as well as her subsequent work to establish Humiliation Studies as a global field, would have been impossible in the past, and their support will be crucial also in the future. Reidar Ommundsen, Jan Smedslund, Astri Heen-Wold, Fanny Duckert, Siri Gullestad, Hilde Nafstad, Berit Ås, Rolv Mikkel Blakar, Finn Tschudi, Karsten Hundeide, Anna Louise von der Lippe, Jon Martin Sundet, Carl Erik Grenness, Hanne Haavind, Ellen Hartmann, Nora Sveaass, Salman Tuerken, Else Karin Skjønhaug, Dag Erik Eilertsen, Egil Bergh-Telle, Øivind Magnus Hoff, Carolin Aulie, and all the other dedicated members of the Department of Psychology deserve very special thanks. Furthermore, warm thanks go the the UN section of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Norwegian Research Council for their support and funding.
The video-taping of this lecture has been done by Lasse Moer and Carolin Aulie.
Lasse Moer, Chief Engineer of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University in Oslo, deserves particularly warm thanks for his untiring support for Lindner's work since she began with her doctoral research in 1996/7. His support has been and is invaluable. Lindner carried out her field work in Africa in 1998 and 1999 with the help of the instructions and equipment he provided her with. She had never held a video camera in her hands before. Upon her return, they created the film "Humiliation and Coping in War" (see above) from the ca. 10 hours of video material, and a. 100 hours of audio material that Lindner had collected in Somalia, Rwanda, and Burundi. In October 2007, Lasse Moer created a welcome video for the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network. Together with Carolin Aulie, he not only recorded this lecture. Later he edited it and uploaded it onto the web. Late Donald Klein would be particularly glad about the lecture now being accessible to a wider audience, since he made Lindner promise, in 2006, at the HumanDHS conference in Costa Rica, to find a way to do that.