Symposium Provisional Programme

To register FREE for the symposium visit:

First 50 registrants are free, nominal charge applied after these spaces are taken. A lunch and refreshments will be provided.


10.00-10.45: Registration and coffee
(Newton Grand Hall, Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University of Northampton)


10.45 Introductions


11.00 Panel 1 – Transformative Practitioners

Stephen Godfrey (Artist) & Cavan McLaughlin (University of Northampton)
Phototerragrams: Organic and photo-chemical collaborations with the earth.

Arte Artemiou (University of Northampton)
Imagining a Transformative Performative Education

Anne Crossey (Artist & Independent Scholar)
The Emperor is Wearing No Clothes: Clothing as a metaphor for the mystical in Thomas Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus

Carlos Ruiz Brussain (ERAM Escola Universitaria – University of Girona)
Nailing the Snake: Dealing with the elusiveness of liminal experiences in self-transformative creative practice and research.


1.00 – 2.00 Lunch and film screenings


2.00 – 4.00 Panel 2 – Transformative Practices

Luc Robene (University of Bordeaux) & Solveig Serre (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
Negotiating borders between hegemonic culture and the restricted culture of subversion: How to write the history of the punk scene in France (1976-2016)?

Alasdair Gordon-Finlayson (University of Northampton)
Mindfulness questioned: Whose responsibility is our happiness?

Peter Duchemin (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Designing a Transformative Chronology: Experiments in calendar construction.

David Luke (University of Greenwich)
Psychedelics as Transformative Praxis


4.00 – 4.30 Coffee break


4.30 – 5.30 Panel 3 – Monad Journal Launch Discussion Panel

Roy Wallace (University of Northampton), Cavan McLaughlin, Carlos Ruiz Brussain, Helena Blakemore (University of East London), Luc Robene, Solveig Serre


In the evening we are running a related after party event.

To book your tickets for Transition (after party) visit:

After a few hours break for dinner and time to freshening up, our ‘Transition’ event format will be making a very special return to the Phoenix Bar in Northampton. Transition events aim to bring innovative, independent and academic research, about methods of realising progressive change, to the wider community, while providing a safe, shared, creative, recreational space for everyone. We will continue to investigate the principle of transformative practice, over a beer or two with performances from some incredible artists that are both hugely entertaining and inspiring examples of how you can ‘be the change you want to see in the world’.

Transition events particularly welcome the queer community, along with people who self-identify as ‘others’, in any sense, anyone with an ‘alternative’ image/sense of identity and those who simply feel they are not comfortable in a traditional, mainstream entertainment environment. But we are open to everyone who embraces openness and tolerance themselves.