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This research project focuses on the transnational comparative analysis of the similarities, differences, and connections between social movements that focus on Consensual Non-Monogamies (CNMs), both in Portugal and in the UK, with an emphasis on polyamory. It will consider how this political theme is taken up in different contexts, and how those contexts impact social movements, how they influence one another (via the geographical circulation of cultural products, activists, ideas and affects), how different macro- and micro-political strategies develop and interconnect with other social movements, and how they become enmeshed with the media representations produced about and by those groups. It focuses on the mediatization of intimate citizenship, as well as the history of activism and the interaction among social movements in Europe, and fills a gap in the extant literature on CNMs and sexual politics, opening up new understandings for Human Rights, citizenship, social and legal justice. The project takes into consideration the gendered, racial, sexual and classed aspects of political engagement and visibility, as well as the fluid definition of what is considered “political”. Funding for this project will allow the Experienced Researcher (ER) to considerably increase his academic and employability profile by advancing his position as a leading expert on CNM-related research in Europe; by improving his publication record in English; by allowing him to expand his areas of expertise into Political Theory, Sociology, Law, as well as reinforcing his expertise on gender and sexualities; by diversifying his methodological portfolio and allowing him to receive media, academic writing and PhD supervision training. MMU, the host institution, would benefit from diversifying its academic backgrounds, increase its international connections with other Higher Education Institutions, as well as its solidifying its role in the field of CNM-related research.
Listen to the Final Conference: Media and Politics and CNM in Portugal and the UK.



Project information

Grant agreement ID: 845889

  • Start date

    1 September 2019

  • End date

    31 August 2021


Funded under:


  • Overall budget:

    € 212 933,76

  • EU contribution

    € 212 933,76


Coordinated by:





Mar 10th

Outros Amores – Uma década de representações sobre Não-Monogamias Consensuais na imprensa portuguesa

Jan 31st

"Reacionarismo de Costumes e as alternativas em modos de vida" - World Social Forum 2021 - 30/01/2021




Dec 3rd

Journalism beyond ‘The Couple’: Representations of consensual non-monogamies in Portugal and the UK - Seminar


Aug 26th

Interview for the Sexual Health Alliance CNM Program (USA). Online.


June 17th

Open Lecture on Sociology of the Family at Minho University (Portugal). Online Event.


February 14th

Organizing a keynote lecture by Dr Meg-John Barker (at Manchester Metropolitan University) and Book Launch of their recent publication "Gender: A Graphic Guide" (at The Proud Trust, Manchester, UK) for RCASS and the Gender and Sexualities Research Group.



November 14th-16th

3rd Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference. Barcelona, Spain. Presenting results related to previous research; networking.

Cardoso, D.; Pascoal, P.; Rosa, P. 2019. Facing polyamorous lives – Academic contributions to understand and fight discrimination against CNMs. 16 November 2019. 3rd Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies. Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain.


October 19th

SPSC (Portuguese Society for Clinical Sexology) training to about 40 professionals in the area of psychology and medicine, on consensual non-monogamies. Lisbon, Portugal. FCSH – UNL


October 18th

Public Lecture: Working in the frontier: Media, intimate citizenship and human rights. LUSOFONA University, Lisbon, Portugal.