Transversal aesthetics is concerned with forms of art and study that elude established social structures while critically questioning the individual and the institution. An important foundation for a concept of transversal aesthetics avant la lettre was laid by the American scholar and scientist Cedric Robinson (1940-2016) with what he called "the black radical tradition." This is a four hundred year old tradition that understands aesthetics as the basis for a resistant life. Permanently confronted with the cruelties of a racist capitalism, it develops forms of art that confront this system transversally, that is, at cross-purposes to its power structures. The focus is on difference and difference lived in communal and collaborative action. Transversal Aesthetics takes up these qualities and makes them fruitful for a critical practice of study.