13-14 September, 2019


University of Northampton (Waterside Campus)


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3 Keynote Speakers

Trans- States: The Art of Revelation About our most recent 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 point of intersection—this crossroads—is where the role of the magician, mystic and artist collide. Where each can play a role in revealing the neoteric and the numinous, while making ruinous the antiquated and the corrupt. Revelation and revolution are often intimately linked; the sudden and violent unveiling of the truly novel, utterly alien, and ineffably Other, brings with it the upheaval of our very foundations—that of the individual, and of the societies we build. The art of revelation, is the art of cataclysm and catharsis.

The first Trans- States conference, The Art of Crossing Over, themed itself upon the Major Arcana card, The Hanged Man, and focused solely on boundary crossing, liminality and the queering of normativity. This upcoming Trans- States conference, The Art of Revelation, themes itself upon The Tower. As such, it seeks to broaden its scope to include the shock and awe of revelatory and paradigm-shifting occultural experiences; the impact and implications of anti-structure, of alterations in consciousness and of the revolutionary aspects of paranormality.

This is a transdisciplinary conference that will explore the complex interrelationships between contemporary occulture, revelation, non-ordinary states of consciousness, power, structure, textuality and deconstruction.

To find out more about the Trans- States organisation, visit our ‘About’ page.

The Hanged Man

Trans- States

Keynote Speakers Brief Biog

Wouter Hanegraaff, PhD

Professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy

Hanegraaff is Professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Jeffrey Kripal, PhD

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought

Professor Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Daisy Campbell

Writer, actor and director

Campbell recently adapted Robert Anton Wilson’s cult autobiographical book Cosmic Trigger for the stage.

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Trans- States Media Documenting our convocations

The Trans- States Media team has documented the vast majority of our presentations from our conferences.  Playlists containing all of our presentation recordings so far can be found below. For other media, such as photographs taken by our team, navigate the ‘Media’ section of the main site navigation. Huge thanks to all of our Trans- States Media team for all their hard work in capturing our very special events!

Trans- States Media also recently produced a short film collaboration with performance artist Stefanie Elrick, of her 2016 “ReInState: A mirror ritual”. To watch the film visit

Trans- States: The Art of Revelation (2019) Presentation Recordings

Trans- States: The Art of Crossing Over (2016) Presentation Recordings

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Event Location

Creative Hub
The University of Northampton
Waterside Campus
University Drive

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FAQS Frequently asked questions for registrants

For ecological reasons no plastic water bottles will be provided at the conference. We suggest you bring your own refillable water bottle; there are water fountains available in the Creative Hub for this


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ACCOMMODATION (Nearest hotels to the event): 


Sunley Hotel - Our on-campus hotel at Waterside.

Sunley are offering a special conference rate. Contact them via email on irfan.haidar[at]chandcogroup[dot]com and use the offer code: 'TRANS STATES' to get the reduced rate.

Room Only - £65.00 (Per room, per night, inc. of VAT)

Bed & Bfast - £69.00 (Per room, per night, inc. of VAT and based on single occupancy. Double occupancy rooms will be charged an additional supplement of £5.00, per night)

Local Premier Inn - Located just a five minute walk from Waterside Campus.

Hotel Ibis Northampton - Located in Northampton town centre next to the train station, and approximately a 15-minute walk to Waterside campus.

Free parking is available at the University's Park and Ride facility (see the above travel link). Registrants can take the bus to Waterside for the reduced rate of £1.20. It is about a 15min journey. 

There is also a limited number of car parking available on Waterside campus charged at £3/day but vehicles will need to be pre-registered. 

If you are intending to park at Waterside please email us and this can be arranged (subject to availability). 

The Creative Hub is equipped with male, female, disabled and all gender toilets. The building has both stairs and lifts, and is fully wheelchair accessible.

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