Mimi Schippers received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States. She is currently Professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Her research revolves around theorizing masculinities, femininities, and sexualities and focuses on how everyday interactions and subcultural practices reinforce, challenge, or reconfigure race, gender, class, and sexual hierarchies.
She is author of the following books:
Polyamory, Monogamy, and American Dreams: The Stories We Tell About Poly Lives and the Cultural Production of Inequality (Routledge);
Beyond Monogamy: Polyamory and the Future of Polyqueer Sexualities (New York University Press);
Rockin’ Out of the Box: Gender Maneuvering in Alternative Hard Rock (Rutgers University Press).
Currently, she is writing a book on relationship orientations and affect.
Talk: Polyamory, kinship and belonging: an exploration of the affective dimensions of polyam orientations
Jessica Fern is a Psychotherapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and author of the book Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma, and NonMonomgamy.
In her international private practice, Jessica works with individuals, couples, and people in multiple-partner relationships who no longer want to be limited by their reactive patterns, cultural conditioning, insecure attachment styles, and past traumas, helping them to embody new possibilities in life and love.
Learn more at JessicaFern.com.
TALK: Polysecure – Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Non-Monogamy
Stefan F. Ossmann studied Development Studies and Communication Science at the University of Vienna and will finish his PhD thesis on polyamory, which is founded by the Austrian Science Funds at the Department of Economic and Social History, by the first half of 2021.
For more details please see https://polyamory.univie.ac.at/
– Diplom Kolleg Fotografie (Graphische Wien)
– Bakkalaureat Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (Universität Wien)
– Individuelles Diplomstudium Internationale Entwicklung (Universität Wien)
– Magisterstudium Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (Universität Wien)
– Forschungsschwerpunkt: Polyamorie (Sexuelle und emotionale Mehrfachbeziehungen unter dem Wissen aller Beteiligten)
Talk: Empirical findings on consensual non-monogamy in Austria
Paul M. Horntrich is university assistant at the Department for Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna, Austria.
He is a historian of sexuality with a focus on the German-speaking area in the 20th century. In his PhD project, he investigates political debates and media discussion on pornography in Austria during the Long Sexual Revolution, from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Talk: At war with society? Or: Why many people believe non-monogamy endangers the social order. Some reflections from the history of sexuality
Ruby Bouie Johnson is a sex therapist and educator in private practice in Plano, Texas. Her areas of specialty are ethically nonmonogamous partnerships/families, Kink/BDSM, desire discrepancy, and infidelity. She is the founder and CEO for PolyDallas Millennium© LLC (www.polydallasmillennium.com).
Ms. Johnson is a speaker, writer, and therapist who has several publications and interviews in many media outlets. She can be found on her website, www.inamorata.me and email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Johnson has presented, including keynote, at several national and international conferences. She has been interviewed on radio shows, blogs, podcasts, and magazines such as Playboy Magazine, Vice, Cosmopolitan, and Women’s Health.
Ms. Johnson was the Guest Editor for Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships for a special edition on polyamory and other relationship constellations.
She has two chapters coming in two academic books on consensually nonmonogamous relationships. Currently, Ms. Johnson is on the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Hopeful Solutions.
She participated on the committee that formulated the guidelines for clinical practice Kink/BDSM and consensual nonmonogamy for the American Psychological Association.
Instagram: @blacksexgeek / @polydallasmill
Website: www.polydallasmillennium.com / www.inamorata.me
TALK: Free Your Mind and the Rest will Follow: Lessons from the Therapist’s Chair
Sky has ten years of experience living in polyamorous long term relationships.
She hosts workshops in the german speaking region and is co-author of a blog (in german) and www.polyamory.at.
Her aim is to inspire others to consciously shape their love lives, by sharing insights into her journey, experiments and observations. In this conference her focus is on polyamorous family life, co-parenting a toddler with two other partners.
Talk, with Q&A session: Polyam Parenthood: being a co-parent
Johannes Grenzfurthner is an artist, filmmaker, author, curator and founder of the art and theory group monochrom.
He has a teaching position for communication guerrilla at the Art University Linz and for art theory at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg.
– He is the director of the Ass Elektronika festival (theme: sex and technology) in San Francisco,
– Organizer of the “Hedonistika” (subject: food and technology) in Montréal and Tel Aviv,
– Co-organizer of Roboexotica (cocktail robotics).
– His first feature film was the agitprop grotesque “Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl” (2014).
– His first documentaries were “Traceroute” (2016) and “Glossary of Broken Dreams” (2018).
– He is currently working on his feature films “Je Suis Auto” and “Masking Threshold”.
– He gave lectures at: SXSWi, O’Reilly ETech, FooCamp, Maker Faire, HOPE, Chaos Communication Congress, Google (Tech Talks), ROFLCon, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Influencers, Biennale Sao Paulo, Mozilla Drumbeat Barcelona, Columbia University , Carnegie Mellon University.
– He or his projects have already been published in the New York Times, Liberation, Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Playboy, Reuters, Slashdot, Boing Boing, New Scientist, The Edge, LA Times, NPR, ZDF, Gizmodo, io9, Wired , Süddeutsche Zeitung, CNet or the Toronto Star reported.
TALK: How Technology changes Sexualities and Modes of Relationship
Since 1999 Robert Matzinger holds the position of the chairman of Libertine Vienna.
During this time he organized as well as contributed to numerous events of Libertine Vienna, such as the the regular “discussion evenings”, the traditional “pony” carriage at Vienna’s version of the Christopher Street Day (the so-called “rainbow parade”) or exhibitions about Austrian’s BDSM- and fetish history.
As activist, rope worker, performer, teacher and organizer he does not hesitate to draw conclusions from his overview of more than 25 years of change and development in the BDSM culture of Austria and Europe.
Talk: An Austrian History of Perversion – and what it teaches us about Non-monogamy
Judith Schoßböck is a research fellow (Danube University Krems & City University of Hong Kong), author, editor, and spoonie. She is managing editor of an open access journal and was scientific co-director of paraflows.at (festival for digital arts and culture in Vienna).
She taught gender and diversity for an innovation course in data science, lived in a queer community in Hong Kong, and has published extensively in the areas of media, technology and cultural studies.
Talk: Non-monogamous Identities: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box(es)
Felix Ruckert is a dancer, choreographer, conceptual artist and curator. He creates events, performs, gives lectures and teaches workshops, often fusing his knowledge from dance with an unique approach to practices of BDSM and conscious sexuality. He also enjoys making music.
He started as a dancer working with several renowned companies (Mathilde Monnier, Pina Bausch’s Wuppertaler Tanztheater) before concentrating on choreography, conceptual work and choreographic installations. Between 1993 and 2008 he created more than 30 evening length performances for his Berlin based company; some of those toured worldwide. He strongly influenced the performing arts by expanding the stage to the physical body of the audience and giving it an active role in his performances. His experimental dance pieces, his participatory work and his choreographies for ballet companies earned him an international reputation as one of the most versatile and innovative contemporary choreographers.
Felix main interests are the endless possibilities of the human body. He studied Ballet, Modern and Contemporary dance, Improvisation, Feldenkrais, Pilates, Continuum Movement, Yoga, Chi Kung, Kyudo, Tao Yoga, Massage techniques, Tantra, Kinbaku, Choir and Solo Singing and much more. In the last twenty years he became well known for his practical and theoretical investigation of BDSM and the exploration of connections between BDSM techniques and artistic practices, developing an art of touch and a philosophy of sensual communication.
From 2007 to 2016 he directed the art venue schwelle7 in Berlin as a fusion of a kinky club, a dance studio and a private living room: a permanent performance on the threshold between the private and the public. schwelle7 also produced many performances and workshops with Japanese masters and therefore played a major role in the popularization of Kinbaku – Japanese Rope Bondage- in Europe.
Since 2004 Felix directs the annual festival xplore in Berlin and curates its international branches, with 31 editions in seven countries so far. Since 2012 he also directs EURIX – The European Rigger&Model Exchange, a bi-annual festival in Berlin dedicated to the development of Rope Bondage as an art form.
TALK: Relationship Anarchy, Deconstruction of Identity and “Romance” as a kinky practice
Reinhard Gaida is the founder and senior partner of Schwelle Wien,
Vienna’s first sex-positive space which he established in 2012.
Reinhard is a certified coach, counselor and trainer and is responsible for taking all necessary measures and precautions for maintaining a mindful and nurturing environment for all Schwelle Wien venues.
The Schwelle Conference and Schwelle Festival promote and enforce the concept of mutual acceptance and respectful interaction. All participants are given the opportunity to develop in a safe and inclusive space and to encounter consensual new experiences in all kinds of directions.
“My goal is to create safe places and discourses for a strong open-minded community. I emphasize on providing support to everyone who wants to live ethical non-monogamous relationships with or without a sex-positive lifestyle. Moreover with our events we strongly continue the public discourse on polyamory and sex positivism”.
- Marketing, sales, management and leadership
- Hypnosis Trainer – American Board of Hypnotherapy
- Master of Science, Coaching
- Life & Social Counselor
- NLP coach, master & trainer
- Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator (i.A.)
LINK W24 Spezial Liebe 4.0
TALK: (Supposed consensual) Non-monogamy: Personal experiences and lessons learned
Natascha is a psychotherapist working with a kinky- and poly-friendly mindset since 2013.
Her work ethic is based on traditional scientific theories especially considering the concept of integrative therapy combined with a fine grasp towards a non-monogamous lifestyle.
She also wrote her master thesis about the impact of ethical correct non-monogamy dealing with the identity of a person as well as the importance of a supporting psychotherapeutic relationship.
Natascha also attends relevant festivals and workshops, both as a guest and as a speaker, to further explore the kinky and consensual non-monogamous world and is eminently inspired by her clients on how to best support them professionally.
Since 2018 she has also been facilitating the “Poly-Group” of Schwelle Vienna together with its founder Reinhard Gaida.
A sexpositive mindset in therapy sessions is her speciality and she is a founding member of Austria’s Kink-Aware-Professionals Network – http://kinkaware.at/.
Her personal web site www.therapeutin.cc – German only homepage, however consultations are available in English too.
TALK: Accompanying Clients on their Way to Consensual Non-Monogamy