The Conversations on Decoloniality and Fashion is a monthly series initiated by the Research Collective for Decoloniality and Fashion in February 2021. Each Conversation is organised online every first Thursday of the month from 9-10:30pm CET and registration (required) is through Eventbrite. The RCDF is a not-for-profit organisation registered in the Netherlands and the Conversations are organised by volunteers. Participation is based on a voluntary yearly donation of 25eur (by bank transfer IBAN: NL39INGB0674877012/ BIC: INGBNL2A or PayPal). The first 30 minutes of each Conversation is recorded and available on the RCDF Youtube channel.


The Conversations ​is an experimental platform beyond institutional, disciplinary and geographical boundaries to disrupt stubbornly persistent Eurocentric underpinnings of contemporary fashion and encourage critical investigation and dialogue into an erased and denied diversity. Transcending academe, its main aim is to experiment with decentral ways of knowledge-creation and sharing in regard to fashion – through conversation, through the communal and coalitional, and through a radical act of listening across age, race, gender, education, discipline and geography. By entering into conversation, we aim to build understandings across geopolitical locations and colonial differences and contest the totalizing claims and political-epistemic violence of modernity. We seek to expand our collective understanding of decoloniality and its convergence with fashion by bringing-together-in-relation different local histories and embodied conceptions and practises of decoloniality. 

Each Conversation is based on a selection of materials (readings, videos, podcasts, music, etc. in different languages) and comprises a 90-minute session split into three 30-minute parts: a 30-minute conversation between the conveners and guest(s), a 30-minute breakout session of five people to enable more intimate exchange, understanding and (un)learning with each other, and a final 30-minute conversation with the whole group. They are inspired by Cricket Keating’s (2005) coalitional consciousness building, which is a feminist method of self and collective education toward coalition as a way to engender solidarity across multiple lines of difference. As an experiment in ‘radical democracy’ (Cornell 2000), the stress on the value of each person’s experience and knowledge serves to build a non-hierarchical and transformative space for thinking about and acting upon one’s own and each other’s different situations.

Programme 2022

Thursday, 3 February 2022 On ‘Coalitional Consciousness Building’ with Cricket Keating.
Selected materials:
·       Cricket Keating. 2005. ‘Building Coalitional Consciousness.’ NWSA Journal 17(2): pp. 86-103.
Thursday, 3 March 2022 On ‘Vistas of Modernity’ with Rolando Vázquez and Siviwe James.
Selected materials:
·       Rolando Vazquez. 2020. ‘Vistas of Modernity: Decolonial Aesthesis and the End of the Contemporary.’ Mondriaan Fonds.
·       ‘Vistas of Modernity’ with Gloria Wekker, Nancy Jouwe, Rolando Vazquez a.o. 11 September 2021 (automated translation closed captions available).
Thursday, 7 April 2022 On ‘Indigenous Gender Knowledge’ with Erica de Greef and Angela Jansen
Selected materials:
·       Bobby Sanchez (2021) Ancient Identity
Selected works:
·       Maria Lugones (2016) ‘The Coloniality of Gender’ In: The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Development, edited by Wendy Harcourt (Palgrave Macmillian): pp. 13-33.
Selected works:
·       Alok Vaid Menon (2021). ‘The Cross-Dressing Laws Never Ended: Why We Must #Degender Fashion.’ Longread 4 State of Fashion
Thursday, 5 May 2022 On ‘Design for the Pluriverse’ with Sophie Krier and Erik Wong.
Selected materials:
·       Arturo Escobar (2018) ‘Introduction.’ In Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds. Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp. 1-21.
·       Arturo Escobar: Designs for the Pluriverse // Clark University Atwood Lecture, 2017 (in English with automated translation captions available)
·       Thinking With Arturo Escobar: Pluriversal Politics, with contribution by Rolando Vazquez // Research Centre for Material Culture, 2020 (English with automated translation captions available).
·      Sophie Krier and Eric Wong (2021) ‘In Search of the Pluriverse’ Podcast series (in English).
Thursday, 2 June 2022 On ‘Appropriation, Reparation, Repair’ with Solen Kipoz.
Selected materials:
·       Syllabus Fragments of Repair/La Colonie Nomade
·       In Conversation: Kader Attia & Charles Stankievech (27 January 2018; 1h29, in English with closed captions translation)
·       Dilek Himam (2013) Ahimsa: Showing Kindness to Dresses. PAD Journal 10
·       Museum catalogue Ahimsa: The Other Life of Clothes, 8-22 October 2012.
Thursday, 7 July 2022 On ‘Rethinking Fashion Globalization’ with Erica de Greef, Sarah Cheang, Hazel Clark, Chepkemboi Mang’ira, Harriette Richards & Daan van Dartel.
Selected materials:
·       Introduction to Rethinking Fashion Globalization by Sarah Cheang, Erica de Greef and Takagi Yoko
Thursday, 1 September 2022 On ‘Learning to Unlearn’ with Madina Tlostanova and Walter Mignolo.
Selected materials:
·       Madina Tlostanova and Walter Mignolo (2012) ‘Introduction: Learning to Unlearn: Thinking Decolonially.’ In Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflections from Eurasia and the Americas. Columbus: Ohio State University Press.
·       Madina Tlostanova and Walter Mignolo (2012) ‘Appendix: Amawtay Wasi Universidad Intercultural de los Pueblos y Naciones Indigenas del Ecuador.’ In Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflections from Eurasia and the Americas. Columbus: Ohio State University Press.
Thursday, 6 October 2022 On ‘Decolonial Pedagogy’ with Catherine Walsh.
Selected materials:
·       Catherine Walsh (2017) Pedagocías decoloniales. Prácticas insurgentes de resistir, (re)existir y (re)vivir. Quito: Ediciones Abya-Yala.
·       Catherine Walsh (2018). ‘On Decolonial Dangers, Decolonial Cracks, and Decolonial Pedagogies Rising.’ In On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis, edited by Walter Mignolo and Catherine Walsh. Duke University Press, pp. 81-98.
Thursday, 3 November 2022 On ‘Critical Theory of Patriarchy’ with Sikhanyisiwe Sebata.  
Selected materials:
·       Claudia von Werlhof (2015). ‘Madre tierra o muerte. Reflexiones para una teoría crítica del patriarcado’ (Mexico: Cooperativa El Rebozo) (transl. ‘Mother Earth or Death: Reflections for a Critical Theory of Patriarchy’)
·      Claudia von Werlhof (2004). ‘Capitalist Patriarchy and the Struggle for a Deep Alternative.’ Contribution for the national/international Conference ‘A Radically Different World View is Possible. The Gift-Economy Inside and Outside Patriarchal Capitalism,’ Las Vegas, USA, 13th – 14th of November 2004.
·      Sikhanyisiwe Sebata, 2021, ‘Her: A Disintegrated Notion.’
·      Sefelepelo Sebata. Breaking Patriarchy – A viewpoint from Rural Zimbabwe.
·      Sefelepelo Sebata. Resource Governance And Patriarchy.
·      Sefelepelo Sebata. Matriarchs – Creating An Enabling Environment For Patriarchs To Flourish.
Thursday, 1 December 2022 On ‘Hosting, Listening, (Un)Learning’ with Angela Jansen & Erica de Greef.

Programme 2021

Saturday, 6 February 2021 on ‘Contemporary Fashion and Modernity/Coloniality’ with Angela Jansen.
Selected works:
·       Angela Jansen. 2020. ‘Fashion and the Phantasmagoria of Modernity: An Introduction to Decolonial Fashion Discourse.’ Fashion Theory: Decoloniality & Fashion 24(6).
Saturday, 6 March 2021 on ‘Some Key Propositions of Decolonial Thinking’ with Walter Mignolo.
Selected works: 
·       Walter Mignolo and Catherine Walsh. 2018. ‘Introduction.’ In On Decoloniality – Concepts, Analytics and Praxis. Edited by Walter Mignolo and Catherine Walsh. Duke University Press, pp. 1-12.
·       Walter Mignolo. 2013. ‘Enacting the Archives, Decentering the Muses: The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha and the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore.’ Ibraaz November 2013
·       Walter Mignolo. 2013. ‘Re-emerging, Decentring and Delinking: Shifting the Geographies of Sensing, Believing and Knowing.’ Ibraaz May 2013
·       Walter Mignolo. 2013. ‘Sensing Otherwise: A Story of an Exhibition.’ Ibraaz September 2013.
Saturday, 3 April 2021 on ‘Modernity/Coloniality and Sustainability in Fashion’ with Sandra Niessen.
Selected works: 
Sandra Niessen. 2020. ‘Fashion, its Sacrifice Zone, and Sustainability.’ Fashion Theory: Decoloniality & Fashion 24(6).
·       Sandra Niessen. 2020. ‘Regenerative Fashion: There Can Be No Other.’ This is an Intervention by State of Fashion.
·       Sandra Niessen. 2020. ‘Regenerative Fashion: There Can Be No Other.’ Long-read by State of Fashion.
Saturday, 1 May 2021 on ‘Decolonial AestheSis and Fashion’ with Walter Mignolo and Rolando Vazquez.
Selected works: 
Walter Mignolo and Rolando Vázquez, ‘Decolonial AestheSis: Colonial Wounds/Decolonial Healings,’ Social Text Periscope, 2013.
·       Ruben Gaztambide-Fernández (2014), ‘Decolonial Options and Artistic/AestheSic Entanglements: An Interview with Walter Mignolo‘ Decolonization: Indegeneity, Education & Society, Vol 3(1), pp. 196-212.
·       Decolonial Aesthetics/aesthesis Has Become a Connector Across the Continents: A Conversation with Walter Mignolo‘ (2014) Contemporary&.
·       Decolonial Aesthetics.’ Fuse Fall 2013
·       Decolonial Listening: An Interview with Rolando Vazquez
·       Rolando Vázquez, ‘Towards a Decolonial Critique of Modernity: Buen Vivir, Relationality and the Task of Listening.’ In Raúl Fornet-Betancourt (ed.), Capital, Poverty, Development, Denktraditionen im Dialog:Studien zur Befreiung und interkulturalität, Vol 33, Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz: Aachen 2012, pp 241-252.
Saturday, 5 June 2021 on ‘Modernity/Coloniality and Luxury Fashion’ with Toby Slade.
Selected works: 
Toby Slade (2020)’Decolonizing Luxury Fashion in Japan.’ Fashion Theory: Decoloniality & Fashion 24(6), pp. 837-857.
Saturday, 3 July 2021 on ‘The Role of Fashion in Global Unequal Power Relations’ with Jean Casimir
Selected works: 
Anibal Quijano (2007) ’Coloniality and Modernity/Rationality,’ Cultural Studies 21(2), pp. 168-178.
Saturday, 4 September 2021 on ‘Fashion Curation as Decolonial Practice’ with Erica de Greef and Amanda Maples
Selected works: 
Erica de Greef (2020), ‘Curating Fashion as Decolonial Practice: Ndwalane’s Mblaselo and a Politics of Remembering,’ Fashion Theory 24(6): pp. 901-920.
·       Cornelia Lund (2020), ‘Deconstructing Fashion: An Interview with Beatrice Angut Oola,’ Fashion Theory 24(6): pp. 967-970.
Saturday, 2 October 2021 on ‘Modernity, the Greatest Show on Earth: Thoughts on Visibility’ with Shayna Goncalves, Erica de Greef, Angela Jansen and Jean Casimir
Selected works: 
Rolando Vázquez. 2010. ‘Modernity, the Greatest Show on Earth: Thoughts on Visibility.’ Borderlands e-journal vol 9 nr 2.
Saturday, 6 November 2021 on ‘Decolonzing Fashion Curriculum’ with Sarah Cheang and Shehnaz Suterwalla
Selected works: 
Sarah Cheang and Shehnaz Suterwalla. 2020. ‘Decolonizing the Curriculum? Transformation, Emotion, and Positionality in Teaching.’ Fashion Theory: Fashion and Decoloniality 24(6).
Saturday, 4 December 2021 on ‘The End of the Contemporary’ with Erica de Greef and Angela Jansen
Selected works: 
Rolando Vázquez. 2018. ‘The Museum, Decoloniality and the End of the Contemporary.’ In The Future of the New, Artistic Innovation in Times of Social Acceleration. Edited by Thijs Lijster.
·       Decolonial Thinking with Rolando Vázquez: The End of the Contemporary?‘ (2017) Contemporary&.


Decolonial Fashion Practice #5

By Toby Slade For the Conversation on Decoloniality and Fashion online session on 5th June 2021, I joined co-convenors Angela Jansen, Shayna Goncalves and Erica de Greef in a conversation that centred on my article Decolonizing Luxury Fashion in Japan. The recording of the conversation can be accessed here (Passcode: o5FJ7@5Q). The history of Japan since at least 1600 has been … More

Decolonial Fashion Practice #4

By Erica de Greef For the Conversation on Decoloniality and Fashion online session on 1st May 2021, co-convenors Angela Jansen, Shayna Goncalves and I were joined by author Walter Mignolo, Rolando Vázquez and Lesiba Mabitsela in a conversation that centred on the co-authored article ‘Decolonial AestheSis: Colonial Wounds/Deconial Healings‘ by Walter Mignolo and Rolando Vázquez. The recording of the … More

Decolonial Fashion Practice #3

By Erica de Greef For the third Conversation on Decoloniality and Fashion online session on 3rd April 2021, co-convenors Angela Jansen, Shayna Goncalves and I were joined by author Sandra Niessen in a conversation that centred on her recent, radically challenging and provocative article ‘Fashion, its Sacrifice Zone, and Sustainability’ that was published in a … More

Decolonial Fashion Practice #2

By Shayna Stephanie Goncalves On Saturday, 6th March 2021 Angela Jansen, Erica de Greef and myself welcomed Walter Mignolo into the second Conversations on Decoloniality and Fashion. The selected reading for this conversation was the “Introduction” to On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis co-edited by Walter Mignolo and Catherine Walsh. The recording of the first part … More

Decolonial Fashion Practice #1

By Shayna Stephanie Goncalves The Research Collective for Decolonizing Fashion opened its first Conversations on Decoloniality and Fashion on Saturday, 6th February 2021. As a virtual space beyond institutional, disciplinary and geographical boundaries, the Conversations is a way to experiment with other ways of knowledge-production and sharing in regard to fashion –  through conversation, through … More

Conversations on Decoloniality and Fashion

Conversations on Decoloniality and Fashion is a monthly online series organised by the Research Collective for Decolonizing Fashion for academics, critical thinkers, activists and creatives. The Conversations series seeks to expand our collective understanding of decoloniality and its convergence with the field of fashion. It aims to address the foundational knowledge within the field of … More

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