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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 haven't already done so, 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.
    Enjoy a Photo Preview
    of Dubrovnik from
    Evelin Lindner and
    Kjell Skylistad
  • 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.
  • For those who arrive at the airport, you can contact to arrange for transportation from the airport for a better price (200 Kuna, ca. 27 Euros) than the regular price is (270 Kuna). You can also use the regular Atlas airport bus which leaves about 50 meters from the exit at the left side. It costs about 50 Kuna (ca. 6 Euros) and stops at both entrance gates to the city, the last being Pile very near IUC. For those, who stay at the Monastery near IUC (Samostan sluzbenica Milosrda or Convent of Mercy), the exact address is Branitelja Dubrovnika 19. 

Our Conference Agenda as It Evolves

Inter-University Centre

Pre-Conference for Early Arrivers
Sunday, 18th September
This is an exciting way to start our conference week! 
If you wish to participate, please be sure to book your plans in advance (10 Euros) with Marko Milos ( It is important for you to say that you are part of our conference so we can be in one single guided group. We will meet at 17.00, for coffee at Sesame, the small restaurant at the entrance to the Inter-University Centre (IUC). This is very close to the Pile area (Brsalje 11) where all the buses meet, right before the main city entrance. We will go on the City Walk from there! Also, the  Ston Wall Marathon is an alternative for those interested in adding to their experiences. It costs 38 Euros (please kindly make your own arrangements for this activity).

This conference will unfold in three stages: 

1. Workshop with Dignilogues
Monday - Wednesday, 19th - 21st September
Inter-University Centre (ICU), Don Frana Bulica 4, Dubrovnik, big classroom.
Together, we will examine the threats to the ways 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 Centre (IUC), Don Frana Bulica 4, Dubrovnik, big conference hall.
With the citizens of Dubrovnik, we will consider the current situation for the cities in Southeastern 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 Centre (ICU), 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 Excursions
Saturday, 24th September: Possible excursion from Dubrovnik to Mostar, or for swimming to the island of Lopud. (Please note: for Mostar, the participants from within the European Union will have to bring not just their ID card, but also their passport because to go there we have to cross the outer border of the European Union)

Sunday, 25th September: Possible watching of the sun-rise from the Srđ mountain behind Dubrovnik, breakfast in the city, and swimming! 

Thanking Our Local Hosts, Organisers, and Conveners

Please join us in warmly thanking all who have made this conference possible, including... 
Kjell Skylistad
There are not enough words to thank you, dear Kjell!

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

Evelin LindnerConference 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.

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.

A very special thank you to...

We can not be more grateful for the visionary leadership and untiring efforts of Executive Secretary Nada Bruer Ljubisić and all of our friends at Inter-University Centre (ICU) 

The IUC "walks the talk" of dignity by encouraging academic cooperation among students, professors, and scientist from all over the world. We are profoundly grateful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet as as a global dignity community at the ICU

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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