Monad, is a transdisciplinary, open access (OA), scholastic journal focusing on contemporary practices (and practitioners) that engage in progressive individual and/or cultural transformation.
The Monad project and journal, will function as a digital hub, archiving and sharing principles of ‘best practice’ for realising progressive change. We recognise that such change comes both from self-development and engaging with community. We also recognise, that transformative practice is not the domain of any single field or discipline. A good idea is evidenced by putting it into practice, and good practice, speaks for itself.
We provide a digital publishing platform for practices, and practitioners, that actively seek to combat hegemony, challenge normativity and contravene conformity.
We seek authors, but not necessarily authorities. As part of our democratising principles, the journal will be radically inclusive. Also, as one might infer from the name, Monad, we will be looking for contributions that are unitarian, and we will reject explicitly divisive or polemic material. There is, of course, the need for robust debate in all arenas, but Monad is a platform for proposing ways of bridging differences, not for “othering” or entrenchment.
We will facilitate the discovery and dissemination of exceptional transformative practice by utilising the open-source model of shared and decentralised development, encouraging open-collaboration, but also recognising, individual authorship and achievement — thereby providing both individual and cultural benefit. (Better technologies and methods of transformative practice, and recognition of individual innovation and excellence, through a dedicated, transdisciplinary, publishing platform).
Our mission is to seek out, publish and share — methods, models and makers of change.
Submissions will be judged entirely on their own merit. Contributors may be from any background, with no minimum education levels, but the submission itself will evidence expertise and innovation, in their area of interest. To be clear then, when we refer to the content of this journal as scholastic, we mean: implicitly educational. Not that contributions or contributors must be affiliated to educational institutions.
Contributions will include text-based articles, audiovisual works (e.g. short films and documentaries, video art, audiovisual presentations), audio-only works, or even, images with exegesis.
As a guide, we are equally interested in the following fields:
- Transformative spiritual/religious practice
- Transformative artistic practice
- Transformative political practice
- Transformative scientific and clinical practice
Alistair Gall — University of Plymouth (UK)
Max Schleser — Swinburn University of Technology (AU)
Helena Blakemore — University of East London (UK)
Jessica Swartz — UCLA (USA)
Luc Robene — University of Bordeaux (FR)
Solveig Serre — Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (FR)
Achal Mehra — Editor, Little India (India & US)
Sasha Chaitow — Independent Researcher / ICON Gallery (GR)
Cavan McLaughlin — University of Northampton (UK)
Roy Wallace — University of Northampton (UK)
Carlos Ruiz Brussain — University of Girona (SP)