Fashioning Africa – Colonial Continuities in Fashion and Society?

The debate about the colonial legacy and its continuities is still in its infancy and, following the Black Lives Matter movement is increasingly calling for clarification. In the cultural landscape, there is an increasing presence of the topic, but the media, textile, and clothing industries still show restraint. This is an online seminar session as part of the study Generale. It is a cultural-scientific and interdisciplinary-artistic basic program at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). In a conversational exchange with Prof. Kimberly Jenkins and Beatrace Angut Oola you will be given an insight into the topic of colonial continuities in fashion and society. 

Prof. Kimberly Jenkins 

Founder: Fashion and Race Database

Kimberly Jenkins is the founder of the Fashion and Race Database and Artis Solomon Consulting, having formerly held the position of Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University and lecturer at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. She has spent over ten years studying the impact of our clothes and how we express ourselves, through the lenses of politics, race, psychology and anthropology. Kim has lectured globally, consulted major fashion brands and institutions and hosted in-person experiences to help us think more deeply about dress, history and culture.

Beatrace Angut Oola 

Founder: Fashion Africa Now 

Beatrace Angut Oola studied media business with a focus on film and television and works as a freelance interdisciplinary curator, cultural creative consultant, speaker, and guest lecturer at the HfK in Bremen and UDK in Berlin. In 2012 she founded the first high-end B2B platform Africa Fashion Day Berlin and creative agency APYA with a focus on Black culture in Germany. With the international network Fashion Africa Now, she breaks stereotypes and changes the narrative. Additionally honored internationally as African Fashion Promoter and by the German government with the Culture and Creative Pilots Award 22. 

Register here for the free online Session:

DATE: 15.02.204

TIME: 4pm – 6pm CET


After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with information about your participation in the meeting.

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