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A Very Warm Welcome
Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 
Cities at Risk - From Humiliation to Dignity
18th - 25th September 2016
Dubrovnik, Croatia, at the Inter-University Centre

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our 2016 Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Conference in September. All our events are part of an ongoing effort to nurture a global dignity community! Thank you for joining us!

Please see the following information provided to kindly help you develop your plans to participate. We also encourage you to check the conference webpage for the latest updates, and please see our short programme overview.

A Conference of Collaboration and Conversation

Urban habitations have increasingly experienced threats and vulnerabilities to environmental disaster, in addition to unsustainable planning and development. City populations worldwide experience humiliation in a myriad of ways, ranging from systemic economic injustice to terrorism and warfare. 

This conference aims to create global partnerships for change and produce knowledge about the crucially important historical times we live in. Our challenge is to create a world in which people can enjoy a dignified life. 

Important Information for Everyone:
  • If you would like to join us, please submit your introductory information (e.g., contact information, CV, papers, and technical equipment needs) to:
  • We do not charge registrations fees for our events. We share responsibility for this conference by dividing the expenses equally and inviting all participants to contribute according to their ability. The Inter-University Centre (IUC) Dubrovnik depends on a contribution of 40 Euro from each participant of the conference for the utility, operational, and technical costs.
  • It would be wonderful if you could spend the entire conference with us so that real dignity-family-building can emerge. However, it is also possible to participate only in our Public Town Hall or Researcher meetings or only in the workshop portion of our event. 
  • Thank you for making your travel and accommodation plans soon. Please see the conference webpage for details, and please see our short programme overview for you to print and bring with you. 
  • It would be great if you could complete your "Appreciative Introduction" (Word/PDF) and email it to the address above, and, in addition, print it out and bring it with you.

Our Conference Agenda as It Evolves

Pre-Conference for Early Arrivers
Sunday, 18th September
 We plan to meet at 17.00 for coffee at the small restaurant at the entrance to IUC, which is very close to the Pile area (Brsalje 11) where all the buses meet, right before the main city entrance. The Dubrovnik City Walk costs 14 Euro, please book well ahead of time! After the walk it is time for a communal meal at the old harbour.

The marathon is an alternative for those interested in adding to their once-in-a-lifetime experiences. It costs 38 Euro, please make your personal registration starting from the 1st May.

This conference is being developed in three stages: 

1. Workshop with Dignilogues
Monday - Wednesday, 19th - 21st September
Inter-University Center (IUC), Don Frana Bulica 4, Dubrovnik, big classroom.
Together, we will examine the threats to the way we live and the increasing humiliation
that often precludes and disrupts the unfolding of equal dignity throughout the world.

2. Public Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, 22nd September
Inter-University Center (IUC), Don Frana Bulica 4, Dubrovnik, big conference hall.
With the citizens of Dubrovnik, we will consider the current situation for the cities in South Eastern Europe through the medium of a Town Hall meeting, with a special focus on common problems of contemporary living, prospects for the future, and recommendations for collective initiatives. 

3. Researcher Meeting 
Friday, 23rd September
Inter-University Center (IUC), Don Frana Bulica 4, Dubrovnik, big classroom.
This will be a final opportunity to explore and share researchers' experiences that offer encouraging models for future urbanism based on dignity for all, to follow up on the 2015 conference on urban cultures in Dubrovnik, to sum up this conference, and to plan future efforts.

Optional Post-Conference Excursion
Saturday, 24th September: Excursion from Dubrovnik to Mostar-Sarajevo
Sunday, 25th September: Possible boat trip in the Dubrovnik archipelago

Welcome Everyone!
Thanking Our Local Hosts, Organisers, and Conveners

Please join us in warmly thanking all who have made this conference possible, including... 

Evelin Lindner
Evelin Lindner, Conference Chair, Founding President of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), and Co-founder of the World Dignity University initiative, including Dignity Press. Representing HumanDHS as a Nobel Peace Prize nominee in 2015 and 2016.

Kjell Skyllstad, 
Conference Convener, Professor Emeritus, Department of Musicology, University of Oslo; Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand; Editor in Chief of the Journal of Urban Culture Research

Bussakorn Binson, Professor at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and Chair of the Urban Research Plaza.

Hilde Kvam, Associate Professor at the Department of Art and Media Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.

Celine Motzfeldt Loades, PhD Candidate at the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Oslo, Norway.

The Inter-University Center (ICU) is an independent international institution for advanced studies. 

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Thank you for all you do to create a world of equal dignity for all! 

Evelin Lindner, MD, PhDs, Founding President
Linda Hartling, PhD, Director
Kjell Skyllstad, Professor, Senior Project Consultant    
Uli Spalthoff, PhD, Director of Project Development and Systems Administration   
Michael Britton, EdD, PhD, Board Member  
Richard Slaven, PhD, Director of Dignifunding