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Network Seminar - Polyamory in Paris: A Social Network Theory Application

Thu 06 Jun 16:30 PM - 17:30 PM @ CRI, room 5.11

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Network Seminar - Polyamory in Paris: A Social Network Theory Application

We are happy to invite you to the next network seminar at CRI. This time the lecture will be about the social networks of Polyamory by Janet Bennion (Northern Vermont University). It will be in room 5.11 at the CRI. Note the special time, 4:30pm!! Please register so that we can adapt the room in case of large attendance!

Title: Polyamory in Paris: A Social Network Theory Application

Abstract: This research applies social network theory to the polyamory networks (polycules) of Paris, where participants in multiple loving relationships (both partners and metamours) share an exchange of information, ideas, and an assortment of valued prestations such as sexuality, friendship, and money. In such non-monogamous networks, there exists a vast web of nodes connected in much more intimate and complex ways than one finds in the mononormative landscape. This study seeks to evaluate the specific social capital exchanged by 45 individuals in the Polyamour/Polyamorie Paris Facebook group, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their ties, and better understanding how they navigate the web to simultaneously live intimately with others and still fulfill their own selfish needs and desires.

Bio: Janet Bennion is a Professor of Anthropology from Northern Vermont University. She is the preeminent scholar on polygyny among Mormon Fundamentalist groups, having published extensively on female networking and the variability of poly lifestyles, including Women of Principle (University of Oxford Press, 1998) and Polygamy in Primetime (Brandeis University Press 2012). Her latest publication is collaborative and international, stemming from several international conference discussions about how to handle the poly world legally, compiled in the volume, The Polygamy Question (Utah State and Colorado Presses, 2015). Her most recent research explores polyamory networks in Paris where she is testing the efficacy of network theory on 45 subjects involved in 24 polycules.

Co-organized by CRI fellows Liubov Tupikina, Marc Santolini