Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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Always Already (Non)Monogamous and (Con)Fused? – Queer Intimacy in Poland
Agata Stasińska, Joanna Mizielińska

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Date: 2015-09-26 04:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-13


Academic research about queer intimacies and non-monogamies has been largely conducted and written from and about the Western (specifically Anglo-American) context. It very often (re)presents a very essential, hetero- and mono-normative paradigm and vision of intimacy. The attitude influences  profoundly the scope and methods of research concerning non-heterosexual intimate relationships.

We intend to confront this image by drawing on the results of the project Families of Choice in Poland - the first multi-method research project on non-heterosexual families aiming to shed light on the diversity of intimate and familial configurations of non-heterosexual Poles.

We intend to present the results concerning intimacy in non-heterosexual relationships studied during several stages of our research (quantitative research conducted on 3038 people, 53 biographical interviews, 21 ethnographic studies). Particularly we would like to concentrate on the emic perspective of our informants to show insight into the dynamics of our respondents’ intimate life. How do they define and display affection and care? How do they evaluate their sexual life and speak about (non)monogamy? Are such (very heteronormative) concepts as “fusion”, “bed death” adequate in the description and analysis of their daily relational practices?

It is our aim to leave behind the paradigm of big sociological theories, i.e. Giddens’ “pure relationship” and lean more towards the understanding of “intimacy as friendship” (Weeks, Heaphy, and Donovan 2001) or “radical ordinariness” (Heaphy, Smart, Einarsdottir 2013). We also would like to underline the emergence of studies done from a local perspective that might subvert some of Western queer dichotomy between monogamous and non-monogamous intimacies.