Review of the Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference (NMCI) held in Portugal, 25th – 27th September 2015— Manja Visschedijk


A review of the first Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies (NMCI) conference held in Lisbon in September 2015. This conference brought together activists, artists, academics, therapists and other practitioners working in the field to explore the lived experiences of non-monogamies, especially those considered consensual; ideological and representational changes in how intimacies are thought of; intersections with race, sexgender, 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, neoliberalism and political contestation; evolution of scientific discourses on non-monogamies; challenges to counselling, psychotherapy, (public) health and legal frameworks around non-monogamies; the roles of mass media and new technologies around transformations of intimacy.