Dr. Evelin Lindner will speak about about honor, dignity, and humiliation as themes that are salient at the individual micro level as much as at the macro level. From domestic violence and bullying in schools to the economic crisis and global terrorism, honor and dignity are being hurt in many ways and on many levels. What makes Lindner's approach unique is that she uses a large-scale geo-historical lens to understand these dynamics.
The human rights ideal of equality in dignity for all is historically rather recent and represents a profound shift in the ways humiliation is being defined and felt. To give a particularly stark example, for practitioners in the field of conflict resolution, it is crucial to have a deep understanding of how a person feels who defends humiliated family honor with so-called honor killing, and why another person is appalled and convinced that honor killing represents a case of double humiliation. As path out of this conundrum, Lindner advocates the principle of unity in diversity, the "Gandhi way" of respecting-but-not-appeasing, and the "Mandela way" of understanding-but-not-condoning.