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.


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.


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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