9-10 September, 2016


University of Northampton (Avenue Campus)




4 Keynote Speakers

Trans- States: The art of crossing over / About the conference theme

trans- prefix meaning: across, beyond, through, on the other side of, to go beyond

state: a ​condition or way of being that ​exists at a ​particular ​time

An unabashed play on words, a trans- state is, among other things, a coincidentia oppositorum. An alchemical wedding that defines the fixed place, where boundaries are actively transgressed. In many ways, this very undertaking is where the role of the magician, mystic and artist collide. Down at the crossroads, where possibilities are collapsed into actualities, by the wondrous act of a conscious decision: there lies the place of suffering and surrender; of realisation and redemption.

This is a transdisciplinary conference that will explore representations in contemporary visual culture of boundary crossing, liminality and queerification with specific reference to occultism, mysticism, shamanism and other esoteric and spiritual practices.

The proceedings will feature academics, independent scholars, practitioners and artists.

The Hanged Man

Trans- States

Keynote Speakers / Brief Biog


Author and research affiliate, Yale University.

Richard Kaczynski is the author of Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley (2002; rev. exp. ed. 2010)—widely considered the definitive biography of the Great Beast—along with Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis (2012) and The Billionth Monkey (2015). He has spoken internationally on the creation and


World-renowned author and artist

Alan's many titles include Promethea, Lost Girls, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and co-authorship of the upcoming The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic. (more…)


Professor of Continental Philosophy, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge

Patricia MacCormack has published extensively on feminism, the philosophies of Deleuze, Guattari, Lyotard, Serres and Bataille, posthuman theory, teratology, animal rights, European horror films, chaos magick, Lovecraft and other trajectories of alterity.



Associate Professor in the History of Hermetic philosophy, University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Dr Pasi is the general editor of the Aries Book Series (Brill), previous board member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) and an expert in modern esotericism and art. (more…)

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Event Price list / conference registration



2 Day Ticket
Includes lunch (both days)
Tea/coffee refreshments
Standard registration



2 Day Ticket
Includes lunch (both days)
Tea/coffee refreshments
Unemployed, student, disability
(Evidence for concession must be given)

Trans- States Media / Documenting the crossing paths

The Trans- States Media team has documented the vast majority of our presentations from the 2016 conference. They are available to view on the respective speakers info pages. There are also a number of excellent photographs and a promotional video from the conference available. Navigate the ‘Media’ section of the main site navigation to access all of the media now published. Huge thanks to all of our Trans- States Media team for all their hard work in documenting this very special event!

Recent Blog Posts / conference news

Trans- States: The art of revelation – Call For Proposals

Trans- States: The art of revelation University of Northampton, 13 & 14th September, 2019 Keep up to date with the conference via our FB page and twitter account.   trans- prefix meaning: across, beyond, through, on the other side

Trans- States 2

This past weekend marks the two-year anniversary of the Trans- States conference—yes, already! Such an event naturally causes one to both reflect, and take stock of their current situation. The conference was, by all accounts, a roaring success. During the celebrations, directly

Monad Journal: A new initiative from the organisers of Trans- States

We would like to announce an exciting new project/initiative from the organisers of Trans- States. Monad: Journal of Transformative Practice, a transdisciplinary, open access (OA), scholastic peer-reviewed journal focusing on contemporary practices (and practitioners) that engage in progressive individual and/or cultural transformation.

Event Location

The School of The Arts
The University of Northampton
Avenue Campus
St George’s Avenue

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