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"Search for Dignity" 

Invitation to the  
21st Annual Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Conference
Stellenbosch, South Africa

April 24 - 27th, 2013
Stellenbosch University Student Rally
Photo by Fmalan


We are delighted to invite you to the 21st Annual Conference of our Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network, entitled "Search for Dignity," at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 24th - 27th April 2013. 


About Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

The HumanDHS network hosts two conferences each year: one at Columbia University in New York City and one at a different location around the globe. Since 2003 our network has gathered together in Paris, Berlin, Oslo, Costa Rica, New Zealand, China, and more locations. These global conferences allow us to bring together a diverse community of remarkable people working for dignity in the world!

About Our Conference
The conference has two parts:

  • Part 1: Workshop, 24th - 27th April 2013, starting at 9.00, please register with us!
  • Part 2: Public Event, Thursday 25th April, afternoon, open entrance, bring friends, students, and colleagues!

  • For those of you who have never joined us for one of our global conferences, please kindly allow us to describe our unique approach. Rather than using a traditional lecture/presentation format, we join together to co-create a program that emphasizes conversations and collaboration.

    Over the years, we have adapted the "Open Space Technology" format to create a mutually dignifying experience for all involved. Open Space begins with inviting people to propose ideas for dialogue, selecting shared topics of interest, scheduling dialogue sessions, and finally sharing the important highlights of these dialogues. We invite you to bring your idea for an Open Space dialogue led by you. This collaborative format allows us to define and design the entire conference experience as a community, beginning on the first day.    


    Public Event Open to Everyone

    In addition to the three-day workshop, we are hosting a Public Event entitled "Can There Be Too Little Shame?: The Link Between Dignity, Shame, Humiliation, and Humility." Thursday, 25th April 2013, in the afternoon at the University of Stellenbosch Library. This event is open to all. We encourage you to bring friends, students, and colleagues!

    Conference Arrangements
    We thank H�l�ne Lewis most warmly for hosting us at this one-in-a-lifetime event! We are also grateful to all participants for taking full responsibility for their own visa, travel, transportation, and accommodation arrangements. 

    There is no registration fee for this conference. To cover our expenses, we will summarize the costs during the conference and invite participants to contribute according to their ability. This collaborative approach to financing allows us to keep the conference affordable for all.

    We Warmly Invite You Join Us
    If you are interested in participating, please kindly click here to email us your introductory information. Also, please feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues or students. 
    For the latest details about this conference, as it unfolds, please visit our conference webpage.


    We would be honored and delighted to have with us!


    With the highest regards, 
    H�l�ne Lewis, MSc (Clin Psych)
    Conference Host, Organiser, and Convener


    Evelin Lindner, MD, PhD, PhD
    Founding President of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

    Linda Hartling, PhD
    Director of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
    Human Dignity & Humiliation Studies

    A world without humiliation dignifies us all!