With the official start of autumn, we are happy to send you the fourth Research Collective for Decolonizing Fashion’s Newsletter of the year. It is being an extremely busy time for the RCDF, with the three-month residency at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in full gear. While Toby Slade finished the first period, Sandra Niessen just started and Erica de Greef will follow end of October 2019.
Meanwhile, we are busy putting together the programme for our ‘Conversations to Redress a Fashion Disaster’ at the Jan van Eyck Academy on the 4th of November 2019. As such, we have started a first series of our master class ‘Decolonial Fashion Discourse’ with students from Artez in Arnhem and iArts in Maastricht.
We have also presented three papers at the Fashion Colloquium in Rome 10-11 September for their edition on ‘Disrupting Fashion’ and on 16-17 September, Sarah Cheang gave a paper at the Symposium ‘The New Museum Paradigm: Shifting Representations of Empire at Museums and Art Galleries in the UK’ at the University of Sussex.
Our co-organised symposium on ‘Decolonizing Fashion Objects in the Ethnographic Museum’ is also approaching rapidly, to take place 14-15 November at the Museum for World Cultures in Leiden, the Netherlands.
We are also working on our next edited volume ‘Rethinking Fashion Globalization: Decolonial Critiques and Fashion De-Globalisation,’ edited by Sarah Cheang, Erica de Greef, Angela Jansen and Yoko Tagaki. And we are very excited to announce that there will be a special issue of the Journal for Fashion Theory on ‘Decolonial Fashion Discourse’ to be published in September 2020.
Finally, we are always happy to introduce new members in our newsletter and to highlight some interesting new publications, exhibitions and call for papers.
We hope you enjoy this newsletter.
The RCDF team