The Conversations

The Conversations on Decoloniality & Fashion is a monthly online series for academics, critical thinkers, activists and creatives that 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 fashion, at the very heart of our understandings of fashion. While fashion, as a noun has been appropriated and defined according to a temporality (contemporaneity), a system (of unequal power relations) and an industry (of capitalism) particular to modernity, fashioning the body, as a verb, is of all temporalities and geographies.

Each first Saturday of the month, at 8-9:30pm GMT, Angela Jansen, Erica de Greef and Shayna Goncalves host a ninety minute online conversation centred around a selected reading to critique and rethink the fashion system from a decolonial perspective. As a virtual space beyond institutions, we want to experiment with other ways of knowledge-production and sharing in regard to fashion studies – through conversation, through the communal, and through a broad diversity of voices across age, race, gender, education, discipline and geography. Through this format, we hope to create a safe space for sharing our individual and collective journeys as we decolonise and emancipate our own thinking in regard to fashion; a space where everyone is respectful of each other’s’ voices, opinions and intellectual content.

The Conversations are free and everyone is welcome to join. The main language is English. To register (required), simply send us an email. Every month you will receive the required zoom link and the selected reading for the following session. Participants are asked to read the article in advance of the meeting to facilitate the discussion.

Download the Programme

Recordings

Saturday, 6 February 2021 on ‘Contemporary Fashion and modernity/coloniality’ with Angela Jansen (passcode: V17Zt0C?)

Saturday, 6 March 2021 on ‘Some Key Propositions of Decolonial Thinking’ with Walter Mignolo (passcode: pLD%vf%5)

Saturday, 3 April 2021 on ‘Modernity/Coloniality and Sustainability in Fashion’ with Sandra Niessen (passcode: @s&e4ud@)

Saturday, 1 May 2021 on ‘Decolonial AestheSis and Fashion’ with Walter Mignolo and Rolando Vazquez (passcode: 0S9cux+e)

Saturday, 5 June 2021 on ‘Modernity/Coloniality and Luxury Fashion’ with Toby Slade (passcode: o5FJ7@5Q)

Saturday, 3 July 2021 on ‘The Role of Fashion in Global Unequal Power Relations’ with Jean Casimir (passcode: tJaZ3%w1)

Saturday, 4 September 2021 on ‘Fashion Curation as Decolonial Practice’ with Erica de Greef and Amanda Maples (passcode: 92Li+e3a)

Saturday, 2 October 2021 on ‘Fashion’s Dynamics of Erasure’ on Rolando Vazquez’s text ‘Modernity, the Greatest Show on Earth: Thoughts on Visibility‘ (passcode: Gx5YV1K$)

Saturday, 6 November 2021 on ‘Decolonzing Fashion Curriculum’ with Sarah Cheang and Shehnaz Suterwalla (passcode: X2C@6@QL)

Saturday, 4 December 2021 on ‘The End of the Contemporary’ with Erica de Greef and Angela Jansen (Passcode: XfR%$0h=)

Reflections

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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