Holding Space (live + livestream)

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Holding Space:  A Storytelling Approach to Trampling Diversity and Inclusion is Aminata Cairo’s first book. With a celebration, she presents her book in LUX on Wednesday 30 June. Join us online or in person to listen to Aminata’s vision on diversity and inclusivity.


You can join us both online (€2,50) and in person (€5,00). Please note there are two different ticket buttons for these options. There are limited spaces available to join live in LUX.

Diversity and inclusivity. You probably heard these two words more…

Holding Space:  A Storytelling Approach to Trampling Diversity and Inclusion is Aminata Cairo’s first book. With a celebration, she presents her book in LUX on Wednesday 30 June. Join us online or in person to listen to Aminata’s vision on diversity and inclusivity.


You can join us both online (€2,50) and in person (€5,00). Please note there are two different ticket buttons for these options. There are limited spaces available to join live in LUX.

Diversity and inclusivity. You probably heard these two words more than once in the past few months. Artists, journalists, politicians, teachers, everyone seemed to be concerned about the question how to create more inclusive spaces. But to create an inclusive society, we must understand and know the history behind these words. What theories, knowledge and spaces do we need to revisit to understand the context of these words in the here and now?
Holding Space
With the presentation of her first book, Aminata Cairo takes you on a journey of words, music and ceremony back to the stories that form the backdrop to our current knowledge. In this book she brings her own approach to the pursuit of inclusivity.  Feeling limited by the standard approach in diversity and inclusion work, Cairo breaks through the boundaries.  She uses Indigenous Knowledge, the Blues Aesthetics, Holy Hip Hop, Caribbean and Black Feminist Theories to spread her vision. By using personal stories she tries to take her audience along in her journey with the final goal of creating a new story collectively.
Celebration & Ceremony
Following her ideas on inclusivity and creating new spaces, Aminata presents her book in her own way: with a celebration. With ceremony. With music. With reading. With guests. As we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors who created space for us, we hold space for the next generation. It’s a book presentation like you’ve never seen before.
The speaker
Dr. Aminata Cairo is an anthropologist, psychologist, educator, “people-worker”, and the former lector (research professor) of Inclusive Education. In that position she was the first and only research professor of African descent in the Netherlands. Since then she has become a sought after speaker and consultant on diversity and inclusion issues. She received the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2013 for her efforts. In 2016 she received the Honorary Order of the Palm, a state decoration by the Government of Suriname for her contribution in culture. She is a mother, daughter, sister and Lyman T. Johnson Scholar. Her work is always grounded in the spiritual and cultural traditions of her Native American godmother and her Surinamese heritage.
Book signing
After the event, you can buy a signed copy of Aminata's book and have a chat with her in person.

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