Unicorn Hunting, Poly Kids Speak, and Queer Academia, Oh My! See Elisabeth Sheff at Frolicon

See Elisabeth Sheff at Frolicon March 28-31, 2013 at the Sheraton Gateway hotel in Atlanta Georgia.

You can find more information about the Frolicon Think Track at http://frolicon.hugme.org/?page_id=71

Friday from 5 to 6:30 pm Dr. Sheff will present “Freaky academia: Being Queer at the University” in Brussels:

Queerness can encompass a wide variety of identities and practices, and is unified by an overall rejection of normalcy. Kinky, poly, trans, or simply gay, navigating a queer identity in academia can create unique challenges and opportunities. Issues vary by stage of academia, and undergraduate students have slightly different issues (coming out, speaking in class, navigating same-sex relationships in the dorms) than graduate students (choosing research topics, committee members, teaching undergraduates), and junior faculty (making allies for tenure decisions, research and publication, interactions with students and colleagues) differ from tenured professors (mentoring junior faculty, shaping departmental policies and climate, interacting with students and administration), and those in university administration (shaping university-wide policies, strategic disclosure, interacting with junior faculty and other administrators). This session ends with a question and answer session focused on maximizing professional and academic success and minimizing the effects of sex-negativity and homophobia.

On Saturday from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm Dr. Sheff will discuss “What your kids in poly families REALLY think” in Capri 1 & 2:

In this presentation Dr. Elisabeth Sheff discusses the findings of her 16-year study of polyamorous families with children. Using data from kids between 5 and 17 years old, Dr. Sheff discusses what the children report as advantages and disadvantages to living in poly families, as well as the strategies they use to deal with the disadvantages. This session will close with a question and answer session focusing on polyamorous families.

Also on Saturday from 5 to 6:30 pm Dr. Sheff will talk about the “Dangers and Joys of Unicorn Hunting in Cyprus 2:

In this presentation we will investigate the dangers and joys of unicorn hunting. First we will talk about popular community conceptions of what makes a unicorn, and then move on to why they are in such high demand. Considering the unicorn hunt from the hunters’ perspective, we will talk about the desires that drive people to seek out the unicorn. Next, considering the unicorn hunt from the unicorns’ perspective, we will discuss the complexities of these relationships, the advantages and pitfalls, and ways to improve unicorn treatment. While unicorns and hunters are invited to attend and are welcome to cruise each other, the focus will not be on matching people with sex partners.

Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, PhD, CASA, CSE

One of a handful of global experts on polyamory and the foremost international expert on children in polyamorous families, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff has studied gender and
families of sexual minorities for the last 16 years. Sheff’s television appearances include CNN, and the National Geographic, and she has given more than 20 radio, podcast, print, and television interviews with sources from Radio Slovenia to National Public Radio, the Sunday London Times to the Boston Globe and Newsweek. By emphasizing research methodology and findings in her discussions, Dr. Sheff presents the kind of public intellectualism that encourages audience members to think critically regarding gender, sexualities, and families.

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