Academic Call for Contributions
Research in sociology, psychology, anthropology and contemporary history has shown that traditional concepts and practices regarding marriage, family, sexuality, and intimacy have been changing rapidly in recent decades. There have been radical revisions of thinking and practice not only related to sexuality but also involving gender roles, single-parenthood, family structures, contraception, abortion, and divorce. Many of these areas have been linked to transformations in broader social, economic and political constructs, such as same-sex marriage.
These changes are faced with mainstream negative representations of non-monogamy which describe it as “infidelity”, “serial monogamy”, or “failures” of the “normal” pattern of intimacy. Such perspectives assign a privileged role to the idealized couple, portrayed as intrinsically better. The dominant academic paradigm legitimates and strengthens monogamy’s normativity. At the same time, academia frequently fails to acknowledge the existence of open, consensual non-couple-based forms of relationships, and of a-romantic and/or asexual intimacies. Moreover, even the limited existing research on consensual non-monogamies focuses mostly on English-speaking and socio-economically privileged white groups and communities.
The rise in critical discourses regarding normative sexualities and intimacies (and the ways in which these two elements interact) calls into question the traditional paradigm of lifestyles that have been at the core of the sex-gender system, as well as hetero-mono-normative institutions and practices in general.
Topics: With this conference, we intend to bring together research, activism and other forms of social expression, focusing on, but not limited to, the following :
- Lived experiences of polyamory, swinging, open couples and other non-monogamies considered consensual;
- Changes in concepts and representations of coupledom, and associated challenges;
- Tensions and transformations in academic and common definitions and understandings of partnerships, friendships, kinship and other forms of connecting;
- Specificities of cultural practices and values regarding transformations in contemporary intimacies in non-Anglo-American and/or non-Global North countries;
- Intersections between non-monogamies/contemporary intimacies and race, sex-gender, sexual orientation, kink, class, culture, dis/ability, education;
- Non-sexual and/or non-romantic relationships and emerging identities, such as asexuality and a-romanticism;
- Histories, herstories, and queerstories of non-monogamies and contemporary intimacies, grounded in specific times and places;
- Activism and community-building around non-monogamies;
- Differences, overlaps, and intersections between consensual and non-consensual non-monogamies, and their power relationships;
- Legal and fiscal implications and challenges around non-monogamies;
- Transformations in the meanings and practices of coupledom;
- The roles of technologies in transforming social relations and intimacies;
- Discourses on the (e.g., genetic or evolutionary) naturalness of monogamy or of non-monogamy;
- Intersections between non-monogamies and feminist theories, LGBT studies, gender and queer studies, post/decolonialism and other anti-oppressive strands;
- Sex work, pornographies (mainstream or otherwise) and other capitalist-sexual crossovers within the broader field of intimacies;
- (Public) health and non-monogamies;
- Connections between religion and non-monogamies considered hegemonic;
- New normativities and new resistances: polynormativity and relationship anarchy, neo-liberalism and political contestation;
- Consensually non-monogamous intimacies and challenges in counseling and psychotherapy;
- Representations of monogamies and/or non-monogamies in literature, art, cinema, television, photography, theatre, music, or other media.
Our goal is community-building within and beyond academia in all its fields and disciplines, challenging traditional models of the hegemonic Global North system of knowledge production. Therefore, we encourage the submission not only of academic papers and thematic panels, but also round-table discussions, film screenings and debates, installations, activist-driven reflections and other modalities.
Language & accessibility: For logistic reasons, the conference’s common language will be English, and abstracts must be submitted in English. If you wish so, you can also send us your abstract in another language, provided that you also submit it in English. It is highly recommended (but not mandatory) that presentations during the conference are in English. The venue is wheelchair-accessible. If you require a Sign Language interpreter, please contact us via email; unfortunately we cannot guarantee that this will be provided. There is more info on accessibility here.
To submit: Abstracts of up to 250 words for individual submissions and up to 500 words for panel submissions, by May 18th, using this platform. Before submitting, please read the instructions HERE. Any doubts or technical difficulties should be addressed to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org