Breaking Convention is a biennial conference on psychedelic consciousness, the only one of its kind operating in Britain, convened by a non-profit organization of the same name. Breaking Convention 2013 will be held at the University of Greenwich on July 12-14 and will feature ten symposia of invited speakers and a track dedicated to talks from submitted abstracts, as well as galleries, exhibitions, films and evening entertainments.
Nik was a founding member of Space Rock Band ‘Hawkwind’, which had a no.1 single ‘Silver Machine’ in 1972. Nik wrote and performed with Hawkwind for 10 years, on all their gold albums, while spending time hanging out with the Grateful Dead and visiting Timothy Leary.
Katherine is an Instructor in the Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she has studied the effects of psilocybin and other psychedelics on behavior and personality change, and has guided over 100 psychedelic sessions.
Erik Davis is a writer, award-winning journalist, scholar, music critic and lecturer based in San Diego. He is the author of ‘TechGnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the Age of Information’ and ‘Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica’.
Graham is a writer and journalist whose books, which include ‘The Sign and The Seal’ & ‘Fingerprints of the Gods’, have sold more than five million copies worldwide and have been translated into twenty-seven languages. His recent work focuses on shamanism and the origins of religion.
Mohammed, formerly John Alder and otherwise known as Twink, is a singer, songwriter and drummer who was a central figure in the British psychedelic movement. He has been a member of The Pretty Things, Tomorrow, and The Pink Fairies, and has played and made music with Syd Barrett, Ronnie Wood, Jon Lord, Mark Wirtz and Nik Turner.
Alexander Beiner is a writer, psychedelic theorist and co-founder of Open Meditation, a London-based company that teaches non-religious mindfulness meditation and hosts free meditation events. He is the host of Visionary Artists Podcast and the author of two novels.