Dr. Gesa Mayer


Main focus: Sociology of Desire

Website/blog: https://www.gesamayer.net/en/

Languages: German, English

City: Hamburg

Country: Germany

Topics: polyamory

Services: Talk, Workshop management, Interview

  Willing to travel for an event.

  Willing to talk for nonprofit.


PhD in Sociology, master's degree in Higher Education (MHEd), teacher at Hamburg University of Technology, care worker, musician, member of the Network Critical Relationship Research, polyqueerfeminist, and many other things. I did my doctorate with an empirical study on consensual non-monogamy, which is currently under preparation for being published.

My main sociological interest is research on intimate relationships: Why and how do people live and love as couples, in open and/or polyamorous relationships? What do monogamous and non-monogamous ways of living have to do with social discourses, norms, power and gender relations? How accepted, discriminated, and/or emancipatory are 'alternative' models of relationships and family beyond the hetero- and mononormative couple relationship?

Depending on the type of event and the interests of the audience, my talks, workshops, interviews, and publications on topics such as romantic love and mononormativity, informal or consensual non-monogamies, open and polyamorous relationships, gender and desire may have an introductory character suitable for an everyday understanding but may as well address more specific sociological-theoretical issues.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

„Ich bin in diesen ganzen Konstellationen extrem an mir selbst gewachsen“ – Polyamorie als Beziehungs- und Selbstkonzept

21.11.2023 - Im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe "Liebe und die Wissenschaften", Hochschule Fulda & online

This talk is in: German
Noch mehr Liebe: beziehungsweise(n) praktisch (Workshop)

11.11.2023 - JAN Jahrestreffen Ev. Studienwerk Villigst, Osnabrück

This talk is in: German
(De)constructions of LOVE in discourses of mono- and polyamory.

15.11.2019 - Part of the panel "Reconfiguring the dichotomy monogamous and non-monogamous: Comparing gendered divisions of labor, concepts of love and everyday practice", with Dr. Michael Raab, Dr. Cornelia Schadler, Dr. Christian Klesse (Network Critical Relationship Research). 3rd Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain

This talk is in: English
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