Archives from the 1st NMCI – Lisbon 2015


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.

Please see the Call for Contributions, now closed, both academic and non-academic – HERE.

Please see our Guidelines for Academic/Activist Spaces – HERE.

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.

CICS.Nova logoFCSH LogoINTIMATE logoCES UC logo

Conference Calendar

Pre-Launch Event: September 24th, 2015 – MORE INFO

Dates for Contribution Submission and Notification of Acceptance

NEW Dealine for abstract submission May 31st
Acceptance notification July 1st

Dates for Registration and Payment

Dealine for early bird fee August 15th

Dates for the Programme (tentative)

Preliminary Programme by August 24th
Final Programme by September 19th

Conference Date: September 25th-27th, 2015


See more about the venue spaces here.
Printable Programme (21/09/2015).

Sept. 25th

9:30 – 10:30 – Registration Opens (Auditorium 1)

10:30 – 11:00 – Opening Ceremony (Auditorium 1)

  • Luís Baptista (FCSH-UNL)
  • Paula Marques (Lisbon City Hall)
  • Ana Cristina Santos (INTIMATE / CES / UC)
  • Manuel Lisboa (CICS.NOVA / FCSH-UNL)

11:00 – 13:00 – First Keynote Speech (Meg John Barker & Ana Cristina Santos) (Auditorium 1)

«Non/monogamies: Rewriting the Rules», Meg John Barker

«Normalizing the slut? Relational citizenship, care and the daily management of intimacy», Ana Cristina Santos

Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00 – Parallel Sessions

16:30 – 18:00 – Parallel Sessions

18:30 – 20:00 – Parallel Sessions

Sept. 26th

9:00 – 11:00 – Second Keynote Speech (Brigitte Vasallo & Nathan Rambukkana) (Auditorium 1)

«Dismantling monogamy, far beyond the exclusivity issue», Brigitte Vasallo

«Unmappable Subjects: Intimacy, Privilege and Polygamous Women in Canadian Public Sphere Discourse», Nathan Rambukkana

11:30 – 13:00 – Parallel Sessions

Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00 – Parallel Sessions

16:30 – 18:00 – Parallel Sessions

18:30 – 20:00 – Book Launch Session (Auditorium 1)

Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

      • Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools, New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010 // Love You Two, Sydney: Random House, 2008

Maria Silvério

      • Swing: Eu, Tu… Eles, Lisboa: Chiado Editora, 2014

Marlene Wasserman

      • Cyber Infidelity: The New Seduction, Human & Rosseau, 2015

Nathan Rambukkana

      • Fraught Intimacies: Non/Monogamy in the Public Sphere, Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015

Sept. 27th

9:00 – 11:00 – Third Keynote Speech (Pepper Mint & Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli) (Auditorium 1)

«Who Is Not Here? Addressing Power and Diversity in Research and Organizing», Pepper Mint

«Poly and MOREs go to the Movies: Analysing Polyamorous and Mixed-Orientation Relationship Representations in film», Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

11:30 – 13:00 – Parallel Sessions

Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00 – Parallel Sessions

16:30 – 18:00 – Parallel Sessions

18:30 – 20:00 – Parallel Sessions

20:00 – 20:15 – Closing Session and Remarks (Auditorium 1)

Social Events

Conference-organized Social Events

1st NMCI Pre-Launch Party (Sept. 24th, 6 pm)

1st NMCI Closing Party (Sept. 27th, 9:30 pm)

Available Rooms

The Conference Organization has set aside a few rooms in a few time slots. If you are part of the Conference and wish to propose an informal activity which would make use of one of these rooms, please contact the Conference Organization via email, and send a detailed proposal for such activity, including:

  • objective;
  • main target audience;
  • coherence with the Conference objectives;
  • expected participation;
  • specific technical requirements.

Please be mindful that any event must per force take place within any of these rooms. These are teaching rooms at a university, and therefore equipped as such (for more information seehere). During the duration of the activity, the proponent will be responsible for the space allotted to them. Any activities must also follow our Guidelines for Academic/Activist Spaces.

Available spaces as of now are:

  • Sept. 26th, 4:30 pm – 6 pm: Room T 9
  • Sept. 27th, 11:30 am – 1 pm: Room T 10
  • Sept. 27th, 6:30 pm – 8 pm: Room T 12

Keynote Speeches

Sept. 25, 2015 – Meg-John Barker & Ana Cristina Santos

Sept. 26, 2015 – Brigitte Vasallo & Nathan Rambukkana

Sept. 27, 2015 – Pepper Mint & Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

1st NMCI Pre-Launch Party

The Conference Organization is putting together an exciting Pre-Launch event, starting at around 6:00PM (18:00) on the 24th!

This event will be a joint collaboration between the Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference Organization and the Portuguese feminist association UMAR – União de Mulheres Alternativa e Resposta.

The event will be held at the Center for Feminist Culture and Intervention (CCIF), HERE (Google Maps link; street-level view). To see how to get there, please check this page.

Among other activities, we will have:

  • An overview of the Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies concept and what the International Organization Committee foresees for future years;
  • A short presentation of all the people involved in preparing this Conference, both at the national and international level;
  • An open debate around the principles for shared academic/activist spaces, around our  “Guidelines” document;;
  • Food and drinks (vegan-friendly);
  • A chance to meet up before the conference, to connect, to share help and resources;
  • and…

The viewing of the movie Marriage 2.0 (18+ only), followed by a live Skype session with movie screenwriter and producer, Andrew Sullivan! Check out some information about the movie here, for example.

Join us on the 24th, at the CCIF, and help us kickstart the 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference!


Closing Party

The Conference’s closing party will take place at Mob Lisboa, and we’ll get things started at 9:30 pm, so you have time to grab some dinner beforehand!

Dance to music, grab a bite, talk to people post-conference, hang out, or just chill – this very welcoming space is going to host us until midnight, just so everybody has a change to socialize a bit before returning home!

Find out more about the space here.

How do I get there?

It’s really easy! The place is right next to the Intendente metro station – see the map here, and you’ll notice “Intendente” just to the left of the place.

The Intendente metro station is part of the green line.

Taking the conference venue as a reference point, you can:

  • Enter Campo Pequeno (Yellow Line) and board towards Odivelas, switching lines at Campo Grande to the Green Line, where you’d then board the train headed towards Cais do Sodré, exiting at Intendente (more info here).
  • Enter Praça de Espanha (Blue Line), board towards Santa Apolónia, switch lines at Baixa-Chiado to the Green line, board the train headed to Telheiras and exit at Intendente.


IMPORTANTE NOTICE: IF YOU ARE NOT AN AUTHOR, PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER OR PAY. Non-authors or co-authors have no seat reservation or pre-registration. Seating availability for non-authors will work on a first-come, first-served basis, without any reservations. Apologies for any inconvenience.

We at the Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference practice a tiered fee system that attempts to take into consideration the social and economic inequalities that academics, activists and artists face in different places of the globe.

These are the various tiers available. The prices listed below encompass the full Conference, with the first two reserved for those who are presenters and/or co-authors, and the final one reserved for people who only intend to watch the conference as part of the audience.

For authors and/or co-authors

Early bird (until August 15th)

The early bird deadline has expired

Regular fee (after August 15th)

PLEASE NOTE: Students must send proof of status when registering; employment status is based on the participant’s self-evaluation, no proof of income will be requested.

Non-authors attendance-only fee

  • All persons who are not authors or co-authors: 20€ (on-site payment only; no payment receipt available; no registration needed; subject to seat availability)

PLEASE NOTE: the non-author, attendance-only fee does not allow the attendee to present or co-author at the Conference, and does not accumulate with the other fees.

Register HERE

Please read the registration instructions carefully. This is fundamental for us to be able to process your registration successfully. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

In order to register for the Conference, you will need to fill out the form linked to at the end of this page. Before you do that, please bear in mind that:

  • There are two sepparate means of payment (beyond on-site payment) – one for those within the European Union (bank transfer) and another for those outside the European Union (PayPal payment). If you are paying from inside the European Union, please do notuse PayPal. Please check the fees here.
  • To complete the registration process you must email us the proof of payment, preferably sent from the same email in which you will indicate on the form at the end of this page. If you do not do this, we will be unable to confirm your registration. The email must be sent to
  • If you have selected a student fee, please send proof of student status (like a copy of your student card) along with the proof of payment. The email must be sent to ; again, please check which fee applies to you, here.
  • If you need a payment receipt: you must send, in the same email where you send the proof of payment, your full name, address, and fiscal identity number (where applicable). If the payment receipt is to an institution, then the same elements are required. Except when previously requested, there will be no on-site immediate receipts.
  • Attendance and presentation certificates will be handed out only in-person at the end of the Conference; if you need to leave the Conference sooner, please notify the on-site staff in advance.
  • The attendance-only fee for non-authors and non-presenters does not require registration.

Payment options

From inside the European Union – Bank Transfer

Bank: IGCP – Instituto de Gestão da Tesouraria e do Crédito Público, I.P.
NIB: 0781 011200000006399 80 (for payments within Portugal)
IBAN: PT50 0781 011200000006399 80
Account name: Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Address: Av. Berna 26C, 1069-061 Lisboa
Descriptive: NMCI2015

Please note that the descriptive field is fundamental, so we can trace your payment to this specific Conference.

From outside the European Union – PayPal payment

The PayPal to which the payment should be made is

Again, please note that it’s fundamental to include the descriptive “NMCI2015” in the payment form, so we can track the payment. If at all possible, please use the same email for registering and submitting your contribution.

Please access the registration form HERE.

When preparing your presentation, please read the information below carefully. 

Also, please note that PowerPoints, Prezis, or other presentation materials used at the conference must be in EnglishBefore attending the event, please check our Guidelines for Academic/Activist Spaces – this is very important.

Logistics and Presentations

IT and Audio-visual equipment

All rooms are equipped with:

  • A desktop PC running Windows 7, connected to a…
  • A data projector
  • Wireless internet connection
  • Sound system connected to the PC
  • A video input for you to connect your laptop to the data projector (standard VGA plug, no Mac adapters; sound is standard 2.5mm jack)

The following software is installed:

  • PowerPoint 2010
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Windows Media Player

If you have any specific software requirements beyond this, please notify the Conference Organization as soon as possible!

To make sure there are no delays in making your presentation available at the Conference computers, and that everything runs smoothly, please submit your presentation via the link that will already sent by the Organization to authors and presenters. If you did not receive an email concerning your file submission, please get in touch with the Conference Organization. If your presentation is a short or long movie, please contact the Organization directly. Even if you submitted your presentation through the link provided, please bring it along with you in a USB pen, so that any last minute problems can be avoided.

If you have sent a short submission, please aim to present your work in 18 minutes (20 minutes is the absolute maximum). Session moderators will strictly enforce these time limits, please respect them! This is the only way to have enough time for discussion after the presentations.

Conference staff will be available at the venue to help out with any trouble you run into, especially with anything having to do with troubleshooting computer problems.

Information for the Submission Process

As outlined in our Call for Contributions, there are several types of submission that can be made through our submission platform, each of them involving different details. Several different possibilities are listed below, but it’s not mandatory for presenters to produce different kinds of materials; it is dependent on the kind of presentation / activity that the submitter wants to present for evaluation to the Conference’s Committee. When you submit a proposal through our submission platform, you will be asked to choose one of the categories below.

Also, please note that abstract submission in English is mandatory, but submitters are invited to submit in any other language. If anyone within the Scientific Committee is fluent in that other language and versed in the appropriate field, the non-English submission will be the one to undergo peer review. Also, please note that PowerPoints, Prezis, or other presentation materials used at the conference must be in EnglishBefore attending the event, please check our Guidelines for Academic/Activist Spaces – this is very important.

When preparing your contribution and submission, please try to aim for 18-20 minute presentations (either individually, or per person, in the case of panel presentations).

Academic Contributions

  • Single presentations: abstracts up to 250 words. Submissions should include (where applicable) a theoretical overview, a methodological summary and the main results.
  • Panel presentations: abstracts up to 500 words. Submissions should include a rationale for the panel as a whole, as well as a short description of each sepparate presentation. All the persons involved should be listed as co-authors. The main author / submitter should be the panel convener. This option should also be used in the case of a single presentation that entails the usage of multimedia or performative materials that go over the 20-minute limit for individual presentations. The whole panel will convene for 90 minutes, including time for commentary and questions and answers from the audience.

Please note that the publication of select full papers is being considered / prepared. When there is more information about this, authors will be notified.

Artistic, Activist and Other Contributions

  • Static materials for display: Materials such as images, photographs, pamphlets. The materials and goals should be described in up to 250 words. Please note that there are serious limitations in terms of space available for such content and that we have no means to print materials by ourselves.
  • Short showings of material / performances OR short debates / expositions about a topic: Audio/visual material up to 20 minutes, or performances up to 20 minutes, or single talks up to 20 minutes; should be described and linked up with the main theme of the conference in up to 250 words. Please note that we will prioritize submissions that plan ahead for the discussion and problematization of what is presented.
  • Long showings of material / performances, or groups of showings / performances OR panel discussions: materials / performances / debates / round tables by several people presented as a session in itself, up to 1:30 hours; should be described and linked up with the main theme of the conference in up to 500 words. Please note that we will prioritize submissions that plan ahead for the discussion and problematization of what is presented.

Please note that the publication of select full papers is being considered / prepared. We will work with publications to try and include non-academic contributions too. When there is more information about this, authors will be notified.


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.

During the Conference, (some of the) food served at the coffee breaks will be appropriate for vegans and vegetarians. Please see more information here.

The end of September is usually a warm-ish period in Lisbon, but at night it can get a little cold. Clothing-wise, please come prepared with both fresher and mid-season clothing. You can check 10-day weather forecasts here, by selecting “Lisboa”.

Map, Address, Transportations

From the Airport to the Hotels

Lisbon airport is now served by a subway station, integrated into the Red Line. Most of the hotels referenced by the Conference Organization are very near the conference venue. To reach that area from the Airport, board the Red Line at “Aeroporto”, go all the way to “Saldanha”, switch to the Yellow Line boarding the train towards Odivelas, but disembark at “Campo Pequeno”.

A diagram of the Lisbon subway can be found here.

There are also always taxis waiting at the front of the Airport. More information can be found at the Airport’s webpage here, and there’s also an app to help those who have a smartphone.

Pre-Launch Party

More information about this event is available on its own page, here.

To get there from the conference venue (used here as a reference point), you just need to board the 756 bus towards “Olaias” and exit at “Calvário”. Please see this Google Maps link for more details on the trip.

Main Event – Conference

The event will be held at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon, in Portugal.


Avenida de Berna, 26
1069-061 Lisbon

You can also see it on Google Maps. THIS is the entrance gate. After entering the campus, proceed immediately to your right, to the tower at the edge of the campus.

Subway / Bus

One of the fastest ways to get to the Conference is by Subway. The Conference venue sits in between two subway stops from different lines. The Blue Line station is called “Praça de Espanha”; the Yellow Line station is called “Campo Pequeno”.

Please see the official Journey Planner for further help.

There is also a bus stop right near the Conference venue entrance, with three different buses:716, 726, 756. See the Tourist Information page for more details.

As we approach the Conference date, more information will be made available regarding transportation.


Hotels with special Conference discount

To take advantage of this special discount, please mention the full name of the conference or the code NMCI2015!! For the VIP Executive Zurique, please download the Accomodation Booking Form below!Accomodation Booking Form – Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies

Sana Executive Hotel

Avenida Conde de Valbom, 56
Single, with breakfast: €73 per night
Double, with breakfast: €83 per night

VIP Executive Zurique – Download BOOKING FORM

Rua Ivone Silva, 18
Single, with breakfast: €52 per night
Double, with breakfast: €59 per night

Nearby Hotels

3-star hotels

Hotel Capital

Av. Elias Garcia, 87

VIP Inn Berna Hotel

Avenida António de Serpa, 13

4-star hotels

Olissipo Marquês de Sá

Av. Miguel Bombarda, 130

Hotel 3K Barcelona

Laura Alves, 10

Hotel 3K Europa

Avenida da República, nº 93

Holiday Inn Lisbon – Continental

Rua Laura Alves, 9

Turim Iberia Hotel

Av. 5 de Outubro, 160

5-star hotels

VIP Grand Lisboa Hotel & Spa

Avenida 5 de Outubro, 197


Main meals

Though pretty late in the Conference planning, we have secured an arrangement with a recently open restaurant inside the Conference campus – COM SABOR. Lisboa . They will be open all throughout Friday (8:00 am – 10:00 pm) and Saturday (8:00 am – 3 pm), and they will open up on Sunday specifically to serve lunch to Conference goers (11:30 am – 3:00 pm).

The restaurant has a wide variety of foods and will be able to cater to vegans, vegetarians and also omnivorous folks.

Meals can be had from 5 to 7 euros.

Options include: soup (vegetable, chicken); Special of the day (meat/fish); Vegan dish, Hamburgers; Pork sandwiches, Steak (“Prego”), Shoarma, Kebab, Pizzas, Pastas, Baguettes, etc.

A pork sandwich + drink = 3,50€, a handmade burguer with fries + drink = from 4,60€, a special of the day = 5,20€, a pizza = from 5,50€, pastas = from 4,95€.

If you want other venues, Zomato will show you both the location and type of restaurants in the vicinity.

Coffee Breaks

Throughout the conference, there will be coffee breaks provided by the event itself.

Barring any unforeseeable events, we will have food that is fit for vegans, vegetarians and others. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please let a member of the Conference staff know.

International Organizing Committee

Brigitte Vasallo
Writer and journalist. Workshop facilitator and activist for non-monogamy with gender perspective. Founder of the project #OccupyLove.
perderelnorte [at]

Boka En
Graduate student at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna
outsidetheinbox [at]

Chris Campbell
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
christine.campbell [at]

Dawn Davidson
Author, Speaker, & Relationship Coach for “Outside the Box” relationship styles, focusing on polyamory and open relationships
Love Outside the Box
LoveOTB [at]

Dave Doleshal, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Society for Applied and Academic Research, Berkeley, California, USA.
Coordinator for The International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Nonmonogamy, 2012–2014
dr_dave_doleshal [at]

Keith Brown
Network For a New Culture
USA; North America
keithb [at]

Sari van Anders
Associate Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies
Affiliate Faculty, Neuroscience, Reproductive Sciences, Science, Technology, & Society
University of Michigan
smva [at]

Sina Muscarina
Graduate Student at Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna
sinamuscarina [at]

Meg John Barker
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, The Open University
megbarker [at]

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
Senior Lecturer in Social Diversity and Health
Deakin University
mariapc [at]

Dr Anna Cooper
Lecturer in Film and Digital Media
University of California, Santa Cruz
anrcoope [at]

Dr Nikò Antalffy
Lecturer in Sociology
Macquarie University
Niko.Antalffy [at]

Prof. Dr. Marianne Pieper
Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Chair for Cultures, Gender and Differences
University of Hamburg
Marianne.Pieper [at]

Giazú Enciso Domínguez
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Research group: Fractalidades en Investigación Crítica and Subjetividades
Catalunya, Spain
giazu.enciso [at]

Daniel Cardoso
Assistant Professor at the Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies (ULHT) / Member of CICS.Nova
danielscardoso [at]

Local Organizing Committee

The Local Organizing Committee is built around the cooperation of two Portuguese research centers, CICS.NOVA and CES – Centre for Social Studies, as well as other independent researchers and students interested in engaging with this academic event.


CICS.Nova logoFCSH Logo



Other / Independent

Scientific Committee

Alexandra Oliveira

Ana Brandão

Ana Cristina Santos

Dr. Anna Cooper

António Fernando Cascais

Beatrice Gusmano

Boka En

Brigitte Vasallo

Carlos Teixeira

Chris Campbell

Daniel Cardoso

Dave Doleshal

Eduarda Ferreira

Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Kröll

Giazú Enciso Domínguez

João Manuel de Oliveira

Manuel Lisboa

Mercedes Pöll

Dr. Niko Antalffy

Pablo Perez Navarro

Teresa Furtado

Dr. Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Meg John Barker

Patrícia Pascoal

Paulo Jorge Vieira

Rita Alcaire

Rosa Hannreich

Sari van Anders

Silvana Mota-Ribeiro

Sina Muscarina

These Organizations helped to organize, support, disseminate or otherwise contribute to the 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies…

The Lisbon City Hall

Logotipo CML 2012_preto e verde_horiz LogoDSG1a

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia




APF – Associação para o Planeamento da Família


Braga Fora do Armário

carmo Gê pereira



Com Sabor



GAT – Grupo de Ativistas em Tratamentos

GAT - extenso

Grupo Transexual Portugal

Livraria Marcel


Mob – espaço associativo



Vera Di Santo, of the Italian Rifacciamo L’amore activist group, supplied the Italian translation for the Call for Contributions.

Flávia Pereira has helped us by putting together videos to disseminate the Conference.


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