Archives from the 2nd NMCI – Vienna 2017


Impressions from the conference


The 2nd Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference was held between Aug 31st – Sep 2nd, 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

(Information on the 2015 conference can be accessed HERE. Please also check out our YouTube channel for the amazing keynotes from 2015!)

Supported by:


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The final programme of the conference can be viewed in PDF format here.

The abstracts can be viewed in PDF format here (the table of contents links to each abstract!)


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Transport in and to Vienna

We recommend making use of the local public transport services. In Vienna, they are operated by Wiener Linien.

Public transport tickets in Vienna

We recommend buying your tickets …
– from one of the ticket machines located at underground or S-Bahn train stations (multiple language options are available and you can usually pay cash or by card);
– through the Wiener Linien online shop;
– or through the WienMobil app (iPhone, Android).

To figure out the best ticket options for you, have a look at the Ticket Guide. A single ticket is EUR 2.20 (EUR 2.30 if purchased at an on-board coin-only ticket machine inside a tram or directly from a bus conductor). A 72-hour ticket is EUR 16.50 – the 72 hours start from the time of validation. A weekly pass is EUR 16.20 and is always valid for the calendar week (from Monday, 12.00 AM to Monday, 9.00 AM).

Using public transport

A valid ticket enables you to use public transport services (e.g. underground/U-Bahn, tram/Straßenbahn, bus/Bus, and S-Bahn trains). To help you plan your trips within Vienna and for more specific information about service times, have a look at Wiener Linien’s Timetables or use the Journey Planner.

Please carry a valid ticket on you at all times when on public transport or in public transport stations. If your ticket is not valid upon purchase, you need to validate it by getting it stamped. You do this by sliding your ticket into one of the validation boxes located at the entry to underground or S-Bahn stations and inside trams and buses.

While you do not need a ticket to physically access public transport stations or services, you should always have your ticket ready in case of a ticket inspection. If you don’t have a valid ticket, you will be fined EUR 103.00.

Please note that most public transport services shut down at night. Instead, you can use the NightLine services (buses). Additionally, during nights leading up to Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, underground trains keep running.

Getting to Vienna from Vienna International Airport

There are numerous ways of getting to Vienna from the airport. We recommend the S7 train as as it is the cheapest option and quite convenient. To reach the S7, follow the airport signage directing you to the train platforms. Since the airport is located outside of Vienna, you will need a ticket regardless of whether you already have a ticket for Vienna’s public transport services.

A ticket from the airport to Vienna is EUR 3.90 and you can get it at a ticket machine. If you already have a valid ticket for public transport within Vienna, you can buy a ticket from the airport to ‘Stadtgrenze’/the city limits for EUR 1.70, which will cover the travel zone outside Vienna.

If you’re going directly to the conference, take the S7 and get off at ‘Praterstern’. Then change to the U2 line and ride one stop to ‘Messe-Prater’. From there, you can walk to the conference venue (see above).

To figure out the best route for you, consider using the Journey Planner.

Alternative options for getting to Vienna from the airport:
Vienna Airport Lines (bus; EUR 8.00 for a one-way ticket)
City Airport Train (CAT) (EUR 11.00 for a one-way ticket)
– taxi (around EUR 35.00 to 40.00)

Getting to the conference

The main conference venue, Sigmund Freud University (SFU), is located at Freudplatz 1, 1020 Wien, next to the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) campus. You can reach the venue by taking a U2 underground train and getting off at ‘Messe-Prater’ stop. On the platform, take the exit ‘Messe’ and then follow Messestraße. Pass between Austria Trend Hotel Messe Wien on your right and the university campus on your left. You will reach SFU in about 4 minutes.

The film night on Thursday, 31 August, will be held at Schikaneder cinema, Margaretenstraße 22–24, 1040 Wien. We will organise guided trips from SFU to the cinema. If you travel to the cinema on your own from SFU, take the U2 line to ‘Karlsplatz’, take the exit ‘Wiedner Hauptstraße’ (it’s in the opposite direction of the ‘Oper’ exit), and go straight ahead onto Wiedner Hauptstraße. After passing TU Wien (a university) on your right, turn right onto Schaurhofergasse and turn left onto Operngasse. Follow Operngasse until it turns into Margaretenstraße and keep going. Schikaneder cinema will be on the right side at number 22–24.

The Opening and Closing events take place at Schwelle7, Tellgasse 25, 1150 Wien. We will also organise guided trips from SFU to Schwelle7. If you travel there on your own from SFU, take the U2 line until ‘Volkstheater’, then switch to the U3 line and take a train until ‘Schweglerstraße’. Take the exit ‘Stättenmayergasse’ and walk towards Märzstraße (NOT Goldschlagstraße). Turn right onto Märzstraße, then left onto Schweglerstraße. Follow Schweglerstraße until you hit Tellgasse on your left. Find Schwelle7 at number 25. It should take you about 15 min to walk to Schwelle 7 from the underground.

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the
Sigmund Freud University in Vienna

Sigmund Freud Privatuniversität
Freudplatz 1, 1020 Wien

The venue is fully wheelchair-accessible.


(click for PDF floor plan)

Hotel Recommendations

For the following hotels, participants are offered special discounts. Note, however, that the bookings are made between the participant and the hotel and the organizers of the NMCI conference cannot take any responsibility for the bookings.

Austria Trend Hotel Messe Prater Wien offers a reduced rate of 75 Euro per single room and night and 93 Euro per double room and night for the period of 30th August to 2nd September 2017. The reduced rate includes breakfast. This offer is valid until the 30th July. After that, rooms for a reduced rate will only be available on individual request. To book, use the link:

For bookings made via the official website, the reduced rate does not apply.

Address: Austria Trend Hotel Messe Prater Wien, Messestraße 2, 1020 Wien, Austria
Official webpage:

Do Step Inn offers a 10% discount for participants on their hotel and hostel prices. For immediate non-refundable advance payment an additional 5% discount applies. To book, send an e-mail with your information to office(at) and include the code word „NMCI“.

For bookings made via the official website, the reduced rate does not apply.

Address: Do Step Inn Hotel-Hostel, Felberstraße 20, 1150 Wien, Austria
Official webpage:

Further options


Registration/pricing: While online registration is now closed, you can still register for the conference at the registration desk. The registration desk will be open during the entire conference. There are standard (150 €; e.g. people with salaried work) and reduced (50 €; e.g. students, people without stable salaried work) fees available, as well as single day passes (75/25 €). For attendance at the Opening and Closing events, we ask for € 8 each.

Venues and accessibility: The main conference venue is Sigmund Freud University (SFU), Freudplatz 1, 1020 Wien. You can find a floor plan and map of restaurants and supermarkets around SFU in the ‘Venue’ area of our website.

The Opening and Closing events will be held at Schwelle7 (, Tellgasse 25, 1150 Wien. The Film Night will be held at Schikaneder cinema (, Margaretenstraße 22–24, 1040 Wien. We will offer guided group trips from SFU to the other venues.

SFU and Schwelle7 are wheelchair-accessible. (Schwelle7 is not accessible for electric wheelchairs. Also, please let us know if you are a wheelchair user and want to attend one of the events at Schwelle 7 so the ramp can be prepared.)

Please note that Schikaneder has a bar area where people are allowed to smoke. Reaching the toilet facilities necessitates crossing this space. Please also note that Schikaneder does not have accessible toilet facilities and needs a special door opened for wheelchair access. Please e-mail us if you are interested in participating in the film night and require special access. We sincerely apologise for these circumstances.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide sign language interpretation.

Harassment: We do not tolerate harassment in any form. If you see someone being harassed, please step in if you can. Also, if you have been harassed or have seen someone being harassed, please talk to a member of the organising team (our name stickers carry a red banner saying ‘team’). See also our policy on inclusivity.

Toilets: Gender-neutral toilets are available on the first floor / main floor.

Photos: Please don’t take photos of others without their consent. See also our photo policy.

Academic/activist space: This event is explicitly designed to include a diversity of people who may have different understandings of the world and their places in it. We have developed a set of Guidelines for Academic/Activist Spaces to help participants navigate this space.

Mailing list: We have set up a mailing list for participants (e.g. for arranging unofficial meetings, etc.). If you’re not on the list already, you can ask to join by sending an email to nmci2017– The member list is only visible to the organising team.

Social media: Please use the hashtag #nmci2017 when tweeting/posting about the conference. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Programme and abstracts: You can find the conference programme and abstracts in the Programme section of the website.

Open Space: There will be an Open Space on Friday from 12.45 to 14.15. The Open Space is intended to facilitate discussion groups/workshops/… on topics that are suggested and decided upon spontaneously by the participants. Participants can suggest topics/activities/etc. during the first phase, and we will divide up the available rooms between these. There are no parallel sessions scheduled for this time slot, so it will be dedicated to whatever we collectively decide to dedicate it to.

Restaurants and supermarkets in the area: You can find a map of restaurants and supermarkets around SFU in the ‘Venue’ area of our website.

Childcare: The conference is child-friendly, so you having your children sit with you in the sessions is allowed.

Receipts for conference fees: If you need a receipt for your conference fee, please ask for one at the registration desk.

If you have any questions: You can recognise members of the organising team by their name stickers that have a red banner saying ‘team’. Feel free to approach us with any questions.


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