A research project by Franz Eder and Stefan Ossmann

Goal: Researching similarities and differences of self-perception and media representation of polyamorous living persons in regards to emotional and sexual history, affiliation with the LGBT-community, social acceptance and the urge of legal and religious recognition.

Project duration: 1st of February 2016 until 31st of August 2019. Six month extention until 29th of February 2020 by a Literar doctoral scholarship.

Funding: The Austrian Science Funds (FWF stand-alone project). Literar Mechana collecting society.



Current news


The keynote speech by Stefan Ossmann ('Polyamory: Final presentation of the reserach project) given at the Sexolution-conference held at the Sigmund-Freud-University Vienna on the 1st of May 2020 is online now (German language only unfortunately); so is his second presentation titling 'Polyamory: 'Social and legal acceptance during Covid-19-times.'


Current Publication

Ossmann, Stefan F. (2020). Introducing the new kid on the block: Polyamory. In Z. Davy, A. C. Santos, C. Bertone, R. Thoreson & S. Wieringa The SAGE handbook of global sexualities (Vol. 1, pp. 363-385). 55 City Road, London: SAGE Publications Ltd doi: 10.4135/9781529714364.n17

--> currently available in print only, for orders please see this link. It contains the theoretical approach of categorising polyamory and delivers a so far not existing definition of the term ('Polyamory is a consensual relationship between more than two people based on emotional love and intimate acts over a longer period of time', see page 363 and 377). 

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