Monad, is a transdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access, multimedia journal focusing on contemporary practices (and practitioners) that engage in transformative practice; in progressive individual and/or cultural transformation.

Trans- States

The Monad project and journal is the publishing and archiving arm of Trans- States, a not-for-profit organisation, research network, art collective, and community outreach programme.

Monad will function as a digital hub, archive, and disseminate peer-reviewed materials that evaluate, analyse and experiment with methods and practices of personal and cultural transformation. 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 examining 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 aims to be radically inclusive, 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.

Open-Source and Open Access

We will facilitate the discovery and dissemination of studies in transformative practice by utilising the open-source model of shared, transparent and decentralised development, encouraging open-collaboration, but also recognising authorship, achievement and innovation— thereby, providing both personal and cultural benefit.

We support the free exchange of knowledge and resources in order to widen access and encourage better technologies of being and more effective methods of transformative practice; all archived on our dedicated, transdisciplinary multimedia platform. 

Our mission is to seek out, publish and share — methods, models and makers of change.

Widening Participation

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, the contents of this journal are scholastic, by which we mean: implicitly educational. Not all contributions or contributors must be affiliated with educational institutions.


Contributions will include text-based articles, audiovisual works (e.g. short films and documentaries, video art, audiovisual presentations), audio-only works, or images with exegesis.

As a guide, we are equally interested in the following fields of practice:

  • Transformative esoteric practice
  • Transformative artistic practice
  • Transformative political practice
  • Transformative scientific and clinical practice

Editorial Board


Cavan McLaughlin — University of The West of England

Senior Editors

Anne O. Parker-Perkola — Independent Scholar
Jasmine H. Shadrack — Western University, Canada

Associate Editors

Alistair Gall — University of Plymouth
Max Schleser — Swinburn University of Technology
Jessica Swartz — UCLA
Luc Robene — University of Bordeaux
Solveig Serre — Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Achal Mehra — Editor, Little India
Sasha Chaitow — Independent Researcher / ICON Gallery
Roy Wallace — University of Northampton
Carlos Ruiz Brussain — University of Girona
Elizabeth Tomos — University of Northampton