3rd Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies


Non-monogamies and contemporary intimacies

Barcelona, ​​14-16 November 2019

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Sala Apolo| Barcelona, Spain

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Call for Contributions – Academics, activists, therapists, counsellors, etc. 

After the success of Lisbon in 2015, and Vienna in 2017, the third Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference (NMCI), to be held 14 to 16 November 2019 in Barcelona, aims to continue to bring together academics, therapists/counsellors, artists, activists and other practitioners to address the conditions, experiences, challenges, and opportunities involved in interpersonal relationships that go beyond paradigms such as compulsory monogamy or compulsory (hetero-)sexuality.

The transformations that are happening within the framework of our sex-affective relationships are crossed by an uncountable number of intersections that draw their meaning from their potentialities, but also the violence that operates in them and the subversive potential that they articulate.

The experience of love is present, in some way, in all disciplines of thought and all facets of our lives: our personal lives, our political lives, our activist spaces, our construction of individual and collective subjectivity. All those planes, all that transversality is what we want to reflect in this conference. We count on you to help us think, feel and debate how our emotions are crossed by systems of power and in what way they also overflow those systems.

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, allowing too the consideration of experiences like kink/BDSM to arise as other modes of contemporary intimacies. The approaches sought by NMCI are critical, multi-/transdisciplinary, and intersectional.


With NMCI, we intend to bring together people from a variety of backgrounds in order to foster a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences, as well as opportunities for collaboration and solidarity. We are looking for academic, artistic and activist contributions. Activists individuals or groups are welcome to propose workshops, debates, encounters and any other form of contributions that can add content to the common debate…

We invite you to participate in this main but not excluding lines:  

– New forms of violence in contemporary consensually non-monogamous relationships: 

– Racism and Islamophobia, and the way a Westernized conceptualization of non-monogamies interacts with non-Eurocentric families and societies;

– Social movements and sexual-affective relationships a (sometimes invisible) part of all social movements; strategies for the communitary management of loves and hurt;

And also:

– The meso-geographical impact on experiences of contemporary intimacies (e.g.: rurality);

Sex work, pornographies (mainstream or otherwise) and other capitalist-sexual crossovers within the broader field of intimacies;

Lived experiences of polyamory, swinging, open couples and other non-monogamies;

Non-sexual and/or non-romantic relationships and emerging identities, such as asexuality and aromanticism;

Intersections between non-monogamies/contemporary intimacies and race, migration, sex–gender, sexual orientation, kink, class, culture, dis/ability, education;

– Challenges and realities in psychotherapeutic/counselling practice around consensual non-monogamies and other non-normative intimacies;

– 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-Global North countries;

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;

– Sexual/emotional/… infidelity;

– Intersections between non-monogamies and feminist theories, LGBT studies, gender and queer studies, post/decolonialism and other anti-oppressive strands;

(Public) health and non-monogamies; public health and ageing sexual and gender minorities (e.g. LGBTIQ*);

– Connections between religion and hegemonic non-monogamies;

New normativities and new resistances: polynormativity and relationship anarchy, neo-liberalism and political contestation;

– Non-normative intimacies in literature, art, cinema, television, photography, theatre, music, or other media.

Accessibility & language

The conference’s common languages will be CatalanSpanish and English, and abstracts may be submitted in any of those languages.

We are dedicated to providing an inclusive, safe and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of personal/professional and financial background, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, dis-/ability, physical appearance, body size, race, class, age or religion.

The venues are wheelchair accessible. If you have additional accessibility requirements (e.g. sign-language interpreting), please contact us via e-mail. We will do our best to provide for everyone’s requirements. If you are not sure whether your particular set of requirements ‘counts’, please e-mail us anyways!


Our goal is community-building within and beyond academia, art, activism, psychotherapy/counselling, community etc., challenging conventional models of the hegemonic Global North system of knowledge production. We are therefore open to a variety of formats and encourage the submission not only of academic papers and thematic panels, but also round-table discussions, workshops, storytelling, project presentations, performances, film screenings, debates, installations, activist-driven reflections, reflexive exercises, and other formats. We will not expect or reward academic language over other modes of expression, so please feel free to explain your proposal in your own words, keeping in mind the importance of accessible language.  

Contributions should normally take 20 minutes, but we are open to other timeframes depending on your requirements.

Please send abstracts or proposals (up to 250 words for individual submissions and up to 500 words for panel submissions), a short bio (up to 50 words), and your contact details (name, e-mail and phone number) to nmciconference@gmail.com by 31 july 2019. If applicable, please also include information about your technical/spatial/temporal/etc. requirements.

Also, we will have a specific space for book launching. Send us your proposals!