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Biography

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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occultism Social Sciences
philosophy of religion Social Sciences
secret society Social Sciences
oath Social Sciences
Group Social Sciences
Art Arts & Humanities
search engine Social Sciences
functionality Social Sciences

Research Output 2016 2019

Oath of the Abyss

McLaughlin, C., 17 Nov 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conference typesNon Textual Output

Open Access
File
Oaths
Abyss
Communication
Universe
Deity

Trans- States: The art of crossing over

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

Research output: Book/Report typesAnthology

Open Access
File
Artist
Art
Magicians
Wedding
Mystic

Monad: A Collaborative Video-Poem

McLaughlin, C., 18 Dec 2017

Research output: Non-textual form typesDigital or Visual Products

Open Access
Poem
Monads
Peers
Launch
Film Director

Occulture: Signposting and mediating ineffable Otherness

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

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapter

Otherness
Secrecy
Deviation
Intrusion
Discourse

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/Report typesChapter

Open Access
File
occultism
philosophy of religion
secret society
oath
Group

"Kyrie Eleison" by Denigrata

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

Research output: Non-textual form typesDigital or Visual Products

Open Access
Kyrie
Avant Garde
Jump
Art Film
Guitarist

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/Report typesConference contribution

Sun
Beast
Monstrosity
Transcendence
Names

Activities 2017 2017

  • 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