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


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.



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…)


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


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

A number of professional media practitioners are involved in the production of the Trans- States conference. It is, therefore, our objective to document—at the absolute minimum—our incredible keynotes. We will also have a stills photographer on site, so expect a media area available here in the future with an image gallery and videos to help you relive this very special moment in time. Coming soon!

Recent Blog Posts / conference news

Trans- States Conference media coming soon!

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

Trans- States website launches

After much sweat, toil, cursing, gnashing of teeth and superhuman effort from our Trans- States minions—our website is finally launched. Just the basics for now but most importantly you can register and buy tickets for the conference.

Leading esoteric publishers to have stalls at conference

As well as art exhibitions, presentations and performances at the conference you can also browse and add to your ever-expanding esoteric library. Trans- States will feature book stalls from Strange Attractor Press, Fulgur, Scarlet Imprint and Treadwell’s.

Event Location

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

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