Keynote Speaker: Aminata Cairo


Lector Inclusive Education | The Hague UAS


Title of keynote: Dialogue and Silence as Cornerstones of Inclusive Education

Date: 30th of May 2019

Abstract: We consider dialogue as a key factor to promoting inclusive learning spaces within education. Yet dialogue is not always the pleasant or informative interaction we hope for it to be. From speaking our minds, to raising our voices, claiming space can often have non-productive or even destructive consequences. And what about the role of silence? What is the power of lowering one’s voice? 

Aminata Cairo will explore with the audience what it takes to use dialogue for transformation, rather than the mere exchange of information. She will explore the ongoing work required to connect with the story of other and create new learning spaces. When you truly connect with the story of the other you are transformed.


Aminata Cairo was born and raised in the Netherlands, but has built up her entire academic career in the United States. She holds a bachelor in physical education and psychology, a master in clinical psychology and a master in medical anthropology. In this last field she completed her PhD.

She has dedicated her scientific work to social engagement and gives a voice to people who have no voice, are overlooked or are marginalized in some other way. In this process she also involves her students.

She has worked as an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

After her return to the Netherlands, she started working as a diversity and inclusiveness policy advisor at Leiden University and is currently working as an Inclusive Education lecturer at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.