This year, 2015, marks the official launch of the Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies, a project intended to be continued and replicated in the upcoming years, in other places. More than a single conference, we aim to create a platform to encourage European and worldwide research on (consensual) non-monogamies and other under-researched topics dealing with contemporary intimacies, like asexuality and a-romanticism.
Among the issues we are concerned about, we can list the following:
- Research around the lived experiences of non-monogamies, especially those considered consensual;
- Ideological and representational changes in how intimacies are thought of;
- Intersections with race, sex-gender, sexual orientation, kinship, kink, sex work, class, culture, religion, dis/ability, asexuality, a-romanticism
- Activism and community-building around non-monogamies;
- Reproduction of normativities and resistances: polynormativity and relationship anarchy, neo-liberalism and political contestation;
- Evolution of scientific discourses on non-monogamies;
- Challenges to counseling, psychotherapy, (public) health and legal frameworks around non-monogamies;
- The roles of mass media and new technologies around transformations of intimacy.
The International Organizing Committee gathers a multitude of researchers from around the world, and this year’s Conference is co-organized by two Portuguese research centers: CICS.NOVA and CES – Center for Social Studies (through the research project INTIMATE). The conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon.