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


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…)


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…)

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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

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.

Trans- States Conference media now live

We have some very exciting news! For those that have been waiting patiently waiting for the audio and video recordings of Trans- States to be published online, first of all, our apologies for the delay. (It is safe to say we have

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

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