Keynote Speakers

This space has information on upcoming and past keynote speeches at the NMCI Conferences

Presenters for eNMCI2021

Andrea Newerla

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2017-2021 research assistant at Institute of Sociology, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences JLU Gießen.
2012-2016 Evaluation of the Hessian model project „Dementia: discharge in the gap / network analysis and local network development“, Institute of Sociology, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences JLU Gießen
2012 Dr. phil with dissertation about interactions between care home stuff and people with dementia („Über das Regieren der Demenz. Wie sozialpolitische Rahmenbedingungen Handlungsstrategien professioneller Pflegekräfte in der Pflegepraxis von Menschen mit Demenz beeinflussen“), Philipps-University Marburg and Bielefeld University
2007-2010 Doctoral Student, DFG (German Research Foundation) Research Training Group “Group Focused Enmity“, Philipps-University Marburg and Bielefeld University (2004-2007)
2006 Master of Sociology, JLU Gießen

Leehee Rothschild

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Leehee Rothschild is a PhD candidate in Manchester Metropolitan University, this presentation is part of their PhD project Queer and Polyamorous Families in Practice – Housing Choices, Child-rearing and Law, supervised by Dr. Christian Klesse, Dr. Kay Lalor and Dr. Daniel Cardoso They completed their MA Cum Laude in Ben Gurion University, under the supervision of Dr. Amalia Ziv.. An article based on their MA dissertation Compulsory Monogamy and the Polyamorous Existence was published in the Graduate Journal of Social Science, as part of the special issue proceeding the first NMCI. Their current research was recently awarded the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Award for its contribution to Jewish Women and Gender Studies. In addition to her academic work, Leehee has been an activist and organiser in the Israeli polyamorous and queer communities for many years.

Jamie Hakim

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Jamie Hakim is a lecturer in culture, media and creative industries at King’s College, London. His research interests lie at the intersection of digital cultures, intimacy, embodiment and care. His book Work That Body: Male Bodies in Digital Culture was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2019. He is principle investigator on the ESRC funded ‘Digital Intimacies: how gay and bisexual men use their smartphones to negotiate their cultures of intimacy’, which is partnered with sexual health organisations the Terrence Higgins Trust, London Friend and Waverley Care ( He’s also co-investigator on the AHRC funded ‘Public Health Messaging during the COVID Pandemic: Dating App Usage and Sexual Wellbeing among Men Who have Sex with Men’. As part of the Care Collective he has co-authored The Care Manifesto: The Politics of Interdependence (Verso, 2020).

Crystal Bird Farmer

Crystal Byrd Farmer is a speaker and writer active in the US polyamory community. She is the former editor of Black & Poly, an organization promoting healthy polyamorous relationships for people of color. Her book The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization is out now. Crystal is passionate about encouraging people to change their perspectives on diversity, relationships, and the world.

Zayna Ratty

Zayna Ratty (She, Her) is an LGBTQIA+, GSRD (Gender, Sex & Relationship Diversity), Polyamory, Race & Ethnicity Hypno-Psychotherapist, ACT Practitioner, presenter, columnist, and trainer based in Oxfordshire, UK.
She’s a Pink Therapy GSRD awareness endorsed trainer, was the 1st PoC Chair of Oxford Pride and Diversity & Equalities Officer at The National College of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy.
Zayna has over 1000 hours of client work and experience in her specialisms of race, ethnicity and GSRD. She contributes her knowledge as a regular columnist to both OxMag and Fyne Times and she is also co-host of the Beyond Monogamy with Zayna and Jonathan podcast.
She regularly delivers diversity training, mental health consultancy services and education to a wide variety of corporations.
An advocate for raising awareness of marginalised groups within society, Zayna has been twice nominated for the National Diversity Awards Positive Role Model (LGBT+) in both 2019 and 2020.
Zayna’s charity, diversity consulting work and private therapeutic practice explore how race, gender, sexuality and relationship diversity create a prism of intersecting identities.

Yin Paradies

Professor Paradies is Chair in Race Relations at Deakin University. He conducts research on the health, social and economic effects of racism as well as anti-racism theory, policy and practice across diverse settings, including online, in workplaces, schools, universities, housing, the arts, sports and health. He also teaches and undertakes research in Indigenous knowledges and decolonisation. He has authored over 200 publications, delivered over 250 presentations, is an invited reviewer for more than 100 journals, and has been an investigator on more than 50 grants, worth over $30 million.

Eli Sheff

Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is a researcher, expert witness, coach, speaker, and educational consultant. With a PhD in Sociology (University of Colorado, Boulder, 2005) and certification as a Sexuality Educator from the AASECT (the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, 2012), Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual minority families, consensual non-monogamy, and kink/BDSM. Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamorous families with children, and her 20+ year Polyamorous Family Study is the only longitudinal study of poly families with children to date. Currently lecturing at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, Sheff has also taught at the University of Colorado, University of Montana, Georgia State University, Oglethorpe, Emory, and the University of Zurich. Sheff co-chairs the Consensual NonMonogamies Legal Issues Team for the American Psychological Association, Division 44. Dr. Eli is also editing a series of books on diverse sexualities, genders, and relationships with Dr. Richard Sprott and the publishers Rowman & Littlefield. In collaboration with three colleagues, Dr. Eli developed The Bonding Project, a test people can take to explore their preferred bonding styles.

Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

For over 30 years, Maria has been an academic, author, activist and ally in the issues and intersections of cultural diversity, gender and sexual diversity, relationship and family diversity. She is considered to be the first Australian person to research and publish about polyamory, consensual non-monogamy and bisexuality, beginning in 1992.
An Honorary Fellow in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Deakin University and with her consultancy, GSE Tapestry Consulting, Maria espouses decolonising research and writing projects, training and advocacy that are empowering and capacity-building for the communities and organisations she works for and with, and creating respectful and dynamic collaborative approaches. Maria’s current research is with First Peoples of Australia with Southern European heritage, exploring the contestations and connections between colonialism, racism and multiculturalism.
Apart from journal articles, her publications include research and narrative on NMCI: Love You Two (2008 Lambda Literary Award); Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools (2011 Lambda Literary Award); Bisexuality in Education: Erasure, Exclusion by Inclusion and the Absence of Intersectionality (2016 USA Bisexual Book Award); and Women in Relationships With Bisexual Men: Bi Men By Women (2017 shortlisted for Lambda Literary Award).

Duína Porto

Duina Porto holds a PhD in Human Rights and Development from the Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), Brazil. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled “The legal recognition of polyamory as a consensual multiconjugality and family structure”. As a law professor at UFPB, with particular reference to Family Law, she has focused her research interests on the conjugality, parenting and other socio-legal issues of family relationships within the Brazilian State.

Jaisie Walker

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Jaisie Walker (they/them) is a white, queer, non-binary, monogamish researcher, activist, friend, and community educator, living and working on the lands of the Omamiwininiwag (Algonquin people), colonially known as Ottawa, Canada. They are currently the Senior Researcher in the Health policy team at the Native Women’s Association of Canada where they coordinate anti-colonial gender-based research relating to Indigenous health priorities. Jaisie completed a Master of Arts in Gender Studies at the University of Lethbridge in 2020, where their thesis on intimate violence in queer rural non/monogamous communities was awarded several grants for research excellence including the Parkland Institute Graduate Research Award, and two SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships. Jaisie’s research and work is guided by their decade of non-profit leadership and frontline expertise working in domestic violence shelters, harm reduction housing, sexual health centres, and 2SLGBTQ+ peer support and education.

Michelle Vaughan

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Michelle Vaughan, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is a licensed psychologist, researcher, author, non-profit organizer and educator. She serves as the Executive Director of PolyColumbus, in Columbus, Ohio (USA) an Associate Professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio (USA) and co-chairs several committees for the Committee on Consensual Non-Monogamy within Division 44 of the American Psychological Association. Her scholarship focuses on strengths-based work on CNM, queer and transgender people, including the forthcoming Handbook of CNM-Affirming Clinical Practice from Rowman & Littlefield in summer of 2022.

Suryia Nayak

Dr. Suryia Nayak is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at University of Salford and Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Health and Society. She is a qualified social worker and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and group analyst. Suryia has over 40 years of Black, queer feminist activism in ending violence against women, services for Black, Asian and racially minoritized women and girls and forced migration.  Suryia applies models of liberation based on intersectionality to the psycho-political impact of oppression. Suryia has extensive experience as a clinical supervisor, with expertise in attachment, trauma, and loss.

Keynote Speeches (2017)


Keynote Speeches (2015)

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

Sept. 26, 2015 – Brigitte Vasallo & Nathan Rambukkana

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