We hope this newsletter finds you well and in good health. You haven’t heard from us in a while, but we have been busy behind the scenes. The RCDF Foundation is coming along, and we have been welcoming José Teunissen as chair of our Supervisory Board and Rolando Vazquez as chair of our Advisory Board. We invite you to take a look at the RCDF website for the entire team of inspiring people who have joined the team.
We are preparing our very first Annual General Meeting on 9-11 December2021. During this three-day online event, we want to create an opportunity for the RCDF community to feed back on the work, projects and activities as well as to create new projects and collaborations. The programme will include conversations with inspiring guests, panel discussions with creatives and practitioners from around the world, and screenings of short fashion films from different regions. There will also be the much-anticipated launch of the first RCDF Zine, created by the South American hub.
Meanwhile, our monthly Conversations on Decoloniality and Fashion have taken a key position in our program, bringing-together-in-relation different local histories and embodied conceptions and practices of decoloniality. Entering into conversations, building understandings across geopolitical locations and colonial differences, and contesting the totalizing claims and political-epistemic violence of modernity. As this first year is coming to an end, we are preparing for 2022 by gathering feedback and suggestions from participants through an online survey.
We also have some exciting news on RCDF publications. Following our two-day seminar (Re)Thinking Fashion Globalization in February 2019 at Bunka Gakuen University, Tokyo, that we co-organized with ‘The Transboundary Fashion Seminar, the edited volume ‘Rethinking Fashion Globalization’ was published by Bloomsbury, co-edited by Sarah Cheang, Erica de Greef and Takagi Yoko, featuring a forward by Angela Jansen. In the context of the monthly Conversations, Angela Jansen, Erica de Greef and Shayna Goncalves were invited to write the First Word for the African Arts Journal, ‘Listening as a Radical Act: Conversations on Decoloniality and Fashion,’ which will be published later this year.
Furthermore, we have some news to share from our coalitional partners located in different parts of the world as well as some exciting (online) publications, exhibitions, podcasts, events and courses in regard to decoloniality and fashion.
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