Call for Submissions ‘Affective Alchemy: Powerful Emotions and Creative Expressions’


af·fect (verb)
1) have an effect on; make a difference to
2) touch the feelings (of someone); move emotionally

al·che·my (noun)
1) the medeival forerunner of chemistry based on the supposed transformation of matter. it was concerned primarily with attempts to convert base materials into gold or to find a universal elixir
2) a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination

What do we make of, with, or out of our most powerful emotions? Where do we hold our overwhelming feelings and how do they come out in the ways that we express ourselves? Rage, despair, grief, shame, fear. These are a few of the emotions that, despite or even because of how difficult they are to feel, can be rich sources of embodied wisdom. These feelings which tend to overwhelm or even render us unable to express ourselves in ways we usually would can often make us feel as if we need to express something. We are therefore interested in what we can do with such powerful emotions. Do they carry with them the potential to transform? To create? To combine? To teach?

Levana Gender Advocacy Centre is seeking community members to share the ways that they creatively engage with and process powerful feelings. We are interested in expressive and creative forms or processes that can allow us to tap into this potential for transformation, creation, or combination.

We welcome proposals of activities, presentations, and workshops ranging from fifteen minutes to one hour that engage with our theme of affective alchemy. Workshops that are experiential, immersive, conversational, interactive, or any mix thereof are encouraged. We welcome ideas ranging from music to movement, from poetry to performance, from intuitive writing to installation art.

“Affective Alchemy: Powerful Emotions and Creative Expression” will be held during the daytime on Friday, April 3rd on Queen’s campus.

Proposals should be about 300 words and include a description of your proposed workshop or activity, an explanation of how it fits with our theme, and a list of any logistical needs (audio/visual equipment, room setup, etc.). Please send proposals and a 100 word bio to with “Affective Alchemy” in the subject line.

WHEN: Submission deadline is Friday, March 20.

Author: levanacentre

Nurturing a radical community, fighting gender oppression, & advocating for broad ideas of gender empowerment (for those of any or no gender) in Kingston.

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