Annual General Meeting 2021

A three-day online programme of conversations with fashion creatives, thinkers and activists, short film projections and RCDF Zine launch.

After operating as an informal network run by volunteers from different parts of the world since 2012, the Research Collective for Decoloniality & Fashion has created a not-for-profit Foundation registered in the Netherlands.

This first Annual General Meeting on 1-12 December 2021 is an opportunity for the community to connect, reflect and project collectively on the work on decoloniality and fashion. The aim is to provide a platform for anyone and everyone who insists on a more fair, ethical and sustainable fashion scape – both culturally, economically and ecologically.

Pay As You Wish

We ask you to support our initiatives with a voluntary donation so we can keep doing what we do. All revenues collected will be used to cover the founding costs of the Foundation and running costs during the year. You can register here.


Day 1: Friday, 10 December 2021, 7-9pm GMT

Session 1: Introducing the RCDF Foundation

Moderator: Sarah Cheang (RCDF Advisory Board)

7.00 – 7.10        Welcome

7.10 – 7.40        Roundtable with Angela Jansen (Founder & director Executive Board), Jose Teunissen (Chair Supervisory Board), and Rolando Vazquez (Chair Advisory Board) on the past, present, and future of the RCDF

7.40 – 8.00        Input by the RCDF community 

8.00 – 8.10        BREAK

Session 2: RCDF Zine “Decoloniality and Fashion in Brazil”

Moderator: Mi Medrado

8.10 – 8.20      Introduction by Mi Medrado (RCDF Editor-in-chief)

8.20 – 8.50       Roundtable with Heloisa Helena dos Santos Oliveira (Brazilian Sociologist Professor), Isaac Silva (Brazilian Fashion Designer), and Caio Rosa (Brazilian Fashion photographer) 

8.50 – 9.00        Q&A

Day 2: Saturday, 11 December 2021, 10am-12pm GMT

Roundtable: Design in the Borderlands

Moderator:  Branko Popovic (RCDF Supervisory Board)

12.00 – 12.10    Welcome

12.10 – 1.00      Keynote by Eleni Kalantidou, co-author of ‘Design in the Borderlands’

1.00 – 1.10        BREAK

1.10 – 2.00        In conversation with Eleni Kalantidou, Branko Popovic, Sonya Batlla (designer based in Pakistan), Aika Alemi (designer based in Kazakthstan) and Carol Barreto (Designer based in Brazil)

Day 3, Sunday 12, December  8-10pm GMT

Decolonial Visual Arts

Moderator: Khanyi Mpumlwana (RCDF Supervisory Board)

8.00                 Welcome

8.10                 The (In)visibility of Black Fashion Professionals in the City of São Paulo, Brazil. Paloma Gervasio Botelho, Brazil, 2020.  Episodes I and II. 16 min. Portuguese spoken, English subtitles.

8.30                 The Cutting Room Project. Lesiba Mabitsela & Ilze Wolff, South Africa, 2020. 5.08min. English spoken.

8.40                 Searching For Mother & Child. Directed, filmed and edited by Dewald Brand, produced by The Grand Kids Collective, concept by Spree and Julian Kubel of Butan Wear.            

8.50                  Weave.The Preamble…Directed by Mustafa Mohsin in collaboration with Sonya Battla, 2017. 4.59min. English spoken.

9.10                 The creative process of filming “RANGSA NI TONUN” , 2013. 4.40min. The process of creating a theme song “RANGSA NI TONUN”, 2013. 5.29 min Directed by MJA Nashir and Produced by Sandra Niessen. Indonesian spoken, English subtitles.

9.20        I am MOTHERLAND – TheNEWtribe, is created in collaboration with filmmaker Daniel van Hauten, and is a co-production of FASHIONCLASH and Cinesud.

9.00                 GENEALOGY SS22. Thebe Magugu, 2021. 9.02min. English spoken. (tbc)

9.30 – 10.00      Q&A with the makers

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