A research project by Prof. Dr. Franz Eder and Dr. 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.


Current news:


Stefan Ossmann held the keynote at the 'Sexuality in the 21st century conference' held at the University of Vienna, 15th and 16th September 2023. The presentation titled 'Poly-categories within polyamory? About self-determined and other-directed models in (supposed consensual non-mongamous relationships', all details to be found here.


Current Publications

Since the project is financed predominately with tax money (and therefore by the public), Stefan Ossmann renounces from hindering access to the PhD thesis. The link to the full text is to be found here (Database University of Vienna, published March 2022).


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