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Feb 15-17, 2013

International Academic Polyamory Conference



Photo credits: Two Couples, Gerhard Richter 1966



While Catholic Europe is deeply concerned with the latest scandalous quitting of the Pope, on the other side of the globe, there are some other topics going on, concerning legislation and valorization of diverse forms of sexual life, such as polyamory.

An International Academic Polyamory Conference is taking place in Berkeley, California, USA from Feb 15-17, 2013. This conference explores issues related to monogamous and non monogamous relationships. The event covers presentations of scientific and academic research related to polyamory, open relationships, "swinging," other forms of consensual nonmonogamy and related subjects. The conference does not take a position on whether consensual nonmonogamy is "good" or "bad," or whether any particular type of nonmonogamous relationship is healthy or pathological. Presentations cover various topics that offer some possible progress to a deeper and more complete understanding of polyamorous way of life.

There is a broad range of topics concerning different areas of psychology, sociology, of sexual physical and psychic health: parenting issues of polyamorous parents, the creation of new intimate ethics, diversity in relationships, as well as, economic issues such as navigating banking accounts, regulation of responsibilities etc.

Dawn Davidson’s presentations talks about the secrets of negotiating in polyamourous partnerships. Such agreements should create valuable directions for the partners to regulate their relationship. In Komaja community exists a highly developed model for regulation of polyamorous partnerships in a form of a polyamorous manifesto created for the needs of the community and their polyamourous members. Nevertheless, sharing such models of negotiating can be useful for successful building of a poly-relationship.