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Cavan is a filmmaker, creative media practitioner and Senior Lecturer, with his primary research interests being the role and function of 'occulture'.  He has published on Aleister Crowley, solar symbolism and narrative, open source occultism, and contemporary occulture. He is a practicing freelance filmmaker, graphic designer, editor, producer and director. 

As a media professional of over 15 years, he has been involved in almost all aspects of audiovisual production, specialising in promotional music videos and album-sleeve artwork. Recent productions include: 

He is the founder of Trans- States (www.trans-states.org), a transdisciplinary conference series and network exploring occultism, mysticism, shamanism and other esoteric and spiritual practices in contemporary occulture. He is also director of Trans- States Media, their sibling media production unit. 

Finally, Cavan is co-founder of the Monad project, a digital hub for archiving and sharing principles of ‘best practice’ for realising progressive change; and, co-founder and editorial board member of Monad: Journal of Transformative Practice (www.monadjournal.com) a transdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal focusing on contemporary practices (and practitioners) that engage in progressive individual and/or cultural transformation.

Research Interests

  • The role and function of occulture
  • Art as spiritual practice
  • Western esotericism
  • Queer theory
  • Feminism
  • Revisionary myth-making

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Research Output

Oath of the Abyss

McLaughlin, C., 17 Nov 2019.

Research output: Contribution to ConferenceNon-Textual Output

Open Access
  • Trans- States: The art of crossing over

    McLaughlin, C. (ed.), 13 Sep 2019, Fulgur Press. 11 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

    Open Access
  • Monad: A Collaborative Video-Poem

    McLaughlin, C., 18 Dec 2017

    Research output: Non-Textual OutputDigital or Visual Media

    Open Access
  • Occulture: Signposting and mediating ineffable Otherness

    McLaughlin, C., 13 Oct 2017, (Accepted/In press) Western Esotericism and Deviance. Pasi, M. & Otto, B-C. (eds.). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, (Aries book series).

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

  • Transition [Knowledge Transfer/Community Impact] Event

    Wallace, R. & McLaughlin, C., 22 Jun 2017.

    Research output: Contribution to ConferenceNon-Textual Output

    Open Access
  • Hidden in plain sight: open-source occultism in the Age of Information

    McLaughlin, C. & Thursby, L. (ed.), 22 Apr 2016, The Supernatural. Freeland: Inter-Disciplinary Press, p. 53-64 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

    Open Access
  • "Kyrie Eleison" by Denigrata

    McLaughlin, C. & Shadrack, J., 24 May 2016

    Research output: Non-Textual OutputDigital or Visual Media

    Open Access
  • The Dark Side of the Sun: The Great Beast, Monstrosity and Solar Narratives

    McLaughlin, C., Jun 2016, Landscapes of Monstrosity. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, (Landscapes of Monstrosity).

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportConference Contribution

  • Activities

    • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

    Phoenix Bar

    Roy Wallace (Visiting researcher) & Cavan McLaughlin (Visiting researcher)

    18 May 201722 Jun 2017

    Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachPublic lecture/debate/seminarResearch