Gesa Mayer

Sociology of Desire

My topics:

gender studies queer theory

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German English

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My bio:

I am a certified sociologist conducting research on the question of why and how people live as couples and/or in open and/or multiple relationships. In my PhD-project, I explore the ways in which (non-)monogamous intimate relationships have got to do with social discourses, norms, and power relations. I am working on a Sociology of Desire that combines qualitative empirical research with Poststructuralist Theories (Foucault, Deleuze/Guattari, Derrida, Queer Theory...).

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 mono-normativity, 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.

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