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. Junior scientist grant for the PhD thesis by the University of Vienna from 1st September 2020 to 28th of February 2021.

Funding: The Austrian Science Funds (FWF stand-alone project). Literar Mechana collecting society. Junior scientist grant, University of Vienna.

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Current news:

On the 27th of October 2021, Stefan Ossmann submitted his doctoral thesis titling 'Loving, living, acting, thinking and feeling poly. Polyamory in self-perception and media representation in the German-speaking region 2007–2017' at the University of Vienna. The dissertation is currently with the reviewers and should be examined by Spring 2021.

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Current Publications

Ossmann, Stefan F. (2021). What’s love (not) got to do with it. How to pair sexuality-and relationship research with citizen science. Proceedings of Science, ACSC2020(003), 1-5. Retrieved from pos.sissa.it/393/003/pdf

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

--> 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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