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Atelier Genre(s) et Sexualité(s) « Is polyamory queer? »

by Katrien De Graeve, Universiteit Gent

Recently, the ‘alphabet soup’ of sexual identities has been expanded to include the P of polyamorous and in 2016, the advocacy group Polyamory Belgium was included as a member of Çavaria, the Flemish LGBT+ umbrella organisation. Drawing on my fieldwork in polyamory support groups in Flanders and Brussels and websites for non-monogamous dating, my talk will explore the queering potential of non-monogamous lifestyles.

Biography
Katrien De Graeve is a postdoctoral researcher of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), affiliated to the Department of Languages and Cultures of Ghent University, and member of the Centre for Research on Culture and Gender. In 2012, she completed her PhD with a critical analysis of intensive parenting practices in Belgian-Ethiopian adoptive families. In 2013-2014, she was a visiting fellow of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (Finland), where she conducted a study on the relations of care in the context of transnational adoption and guardianship of unaccompanied minors. Her first postdoc research projects explored the concept of care ethics through an empirical study of care relationships of unaccompanied minors in Belgium. In her current research project (2016-2019), she has shifted focus to the study of sexuality/romantic relationships and discourses of exclusivity and plurality in light of the normative two-parent nuclear family

Wednesday 24 October, 5 pm – 7 pm

Salle Henri Janne (15e étage)
Institut de Sociologie
Avenue Jeanne, 44
1050 Bruxelles

Free entry