Monad Journal Launch Symposium at the University of Northampton

Monad Journal

The University of Northampton  is to host the launch of a new peer-reviewed open access online journal MONAD next month – and comics writer Alan Moore is among invited guests for the Launch Symposium.

The Monad Journal Launch Symposium on Thursday 9th November is a free one-day research symposium to officially launch the Monad project and journal at the University of Northampton, Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology.

This event will feature a selection of excellent speakers (programme below) addressing various of forms of transformative practice in relation to progressive change. The event is free for the first 50 registrants. A lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Following the Symposium a ‘Transition’ event format will be making a very special return to the Phoenix Bar in Northampton. Special guests include: World-renowned author Alan Moore; legendary ska-punk band Inner Terrestrials; comedian, musician and writer Andrew O’Neill; and writer-poet Sophie Sparham.

Transition events aim to bring innovative, independent and academic research, about methods of realising progressive change, to the wider community,” explain organisers Roy Wallace and Cavan McLaughlin, “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 our special guest, all of whom are both hugely entertaining and inspiring examples of how you can ‘be the change you want to see in the world.”

Symposium Programme

10.00-10.45: Registration and coffeeNewton 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 metaphor 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)
Title TBC (presentation on meditation)
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

• To register for the Monad symposium visit: | To book your tickets for Transition (after party) visit:

• To find out more about the Monad Journal and Project visit:

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