See Elisabeth Sheff presenting with Dr. Rachel Kieran at DragonCon, Science Track

Elisabeth Sheff will be giving three presentations on the Science Track for DragonCon August 30 to September 1 2013. Her first presentation, The Polyamorists Next Door, is on Friday August 30 at 8:30pm and reviews the findings of her 15 year study on polyamorous families with children.

Then, teaming up with Dr. Rachel Kieran ( the dynamic duo educate professionals and laypeople alike about kinksters, or people who participate in BDSM/sadomasochism (kinky sex). Saturday August 31 at 10pm Dr. Kieran takes the lead in their presentation “What Professionals Need to know about Kinky People: Understanding people who do BDSM/Sadomasochism” in which Kieran explains the changes in the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM5). Sunday night at 11:30 Dr. Sheff takes the lead with “Kinky Sex Makes the World Go Round” in the large ballroom, contrasting paraphilias (based on normalcy or lack there of) with variation (a range of practices distinguished by consent rather than normalcy).

For more information on the presentations’ locations, please see the Science Track page at

For more information on DragonCon, see



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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