"Introducing Polyamory" with Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Dr. Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, when visiting Portugal in June 2013, took the opportunity to participate in a session about her research and polyamory within the context of research as a whole, in a public event.

The session took place at the "Ler Devagar" bookshop, in Lisbon.

Below are the topics, the PowerPoint presentation and an audio recording of Dr. Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli's main intervention.


Event Organizing

Organized / co-organized:

Organizational support:

  • 2º European Geographies of Sexualities. 2013. Lisbon.
  • 2ª Conferência Nacional EU Kids Online 2. 2011. Lisbon.
  • 1ª Conferência Nacional EU Kids Online. 2009. Lisbon.
  • Congressos 6º SOPCOM/8º LUSOCOM/4º IBÉRICO. 2009. Lisbon.
  • Seminário Luso-Brasileiro - "Censura, Ditadura e Democracia". 2008. Lisbon.
  • Encontro Anual da RN18 da ESA. 2008. Lisbon.

The voyeuristic fascination of sexual alterity: BDSM and kink representations in Portuguese journalism

Daniel Cardoso (CESNOVA - Universidade Nova de Lisboa / CICANT - Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias)

Mafalda Mota (Faculdade de Psicologia e Ciências da Educação - Universidade do Porto)


The past few years have given way to greater visibility of BDSM as a theme in popular culture, and press coverage of BDSM/kink in Portugal has been sporadic but consistent in the past decade. Following Margot Weiss’ analysis of the American coverage of the same topic, we analyze the journalistic methods by which BDSM/kink is represented in a convenience sample gathered in mainstream newsmagazines and newspapers. By constantly interviewing members of the Portuguese BDSM community, these articles give voice to a closeted sexual minority, but by framing their discourse as Other, it manages to uphold the borders between normative and non-normative sexualities, while providing the readers with voyeuristic pleasure. Academic (psychological) discourse is also a constant, with the double role of serving as assurance of non-pathology and yet reinforcing the privileged role of the psy sciences in making sexuality ‘speak’.


Polyamory as a gendered experience: Portuguese women talk about non-monogamies and discrimination

Daniel Cardoso (FCSH-UNL; ECATI-ULHT), Inês Ribeiro (FCSH-UNL)


Polyamory emerged as an identity in the early nineties, and non-monogamous people face social discrimination, especially women. This exploratory study analyses how Portuguese non-monogamous women talk about discrimination and how they cope with how society seeks to frame women’s agency as problematic both by its supposed inexistence and excess.