Conference on Non–Traditional Families & Intimacies


Second Update Regarding Conference 2020

The PolyamQ Board has determined that in light of the continued grip of COVID-19 on the province of Alberta, and the announcement that PolyCon – Canada will be held on November 22 and 23, 2020, the best course of action for Horizons is to cancel this year’s conference.

We will return in 2021 and encourage all those who applied to be a part of the conference carry forward their invitation, should they wish to present next year.

We hope that you are all managing to remain safe and healthy during these uncertain times.

Best wishes to all,

Pedrom Nasiri


Important Update Regarding Conference 2020

After many collaborative discussions, the Board has decided to postpone Conference 2020 until November 23rd and 24th, 2020. If social distancing measures continue through to this new date, Conference will be moved to an online format.


Follow this link to submit a proposal for PolyamQ’s Conference on Non-Traditional Families & Intimacies 2020:
Conference Dates: May 16th-17th, 2020
Conference Location: Loft 112, 535 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0L8
Deadline for Proposal Submission: February 28th, 2020.


PolyamQ welcomes proposals for our second Conference on Non-Traditional Families & Intimacies to be hosted in Calgary, Alberta, from May 16th – 17th, 2020. We invite proposals for work in English from any disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or transdisciplinary approach. Presentations may be in a variety of formats including papers, panels, workshops, roundtables, film and video screenings, performance art pieces, exhibits, and cultural events.

PolyamQ recognises our indebtedness to the work of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People Colour) feminist and queer scholarship, both inside and outside of academia. As such, PolyamQ gladly welcomes voices external to the academy, in full recognition of the roles they have played in establishing, promoting, challenging, and pushing the boundaries of academic thought.

This year, PolyamQ’s Conference on Non-Traditional Families & Intimacies focuses on the concept of Narrative Power. This focus on Narrative Power aims to examine how everyday intimacies are shaped, influenced, and coerced by the storied actions of others. For example, presenters may wish to explore how stories about families, child-rearing, division of labour and care-work, living arrangements, or the differences in intimacies between ‘friends’ and ‘family’ are told. Such examinations would query who gets to tell these stories, what are their characteristics, and how do these stories feed back into social and political contexts thereby re-entrenching or disrupting common understandings about intimacy.

We encourage proposals that define and expand upon the theme of Narrative Power. Submissions are welcome for individual presentations (max. 2 presenters, 20 minutes), panel sessions (max. 4 presenters, 75-90 minutes), workshops (3-5 presenters, 75-90 minutes), roundtables (3-5 presenters, 75-90 minutes), film or video screenings (either 15 or 90 minutes), and artistic performances (either 15 or 90 minutes)

Additionally, PolyamQ welcomes proposals for our inaugural workshop series that aims to introduce concepts of non-monogamous intimacies. Examples of such workshops could include: “Introduction to Polyamory,” “Child-Raising in Non-Monogamous Households,” “Narrative Therapy for Non-Monogamous Persons,” and “Poly-Economics”. PolyamQ also welcomes critical and contemporary scholarship on studies from other perspectives, but contained to the realm of non-traditional family and kinship research and topics.

PolyamQ is a group of scholars, artists, activists, and community members who have a particular interest in the teaching and study of non-monogamy, kinship, sexuality, gender diversity. PolyamQ aims to provide the opportunity to connect to broader research, artistic, and activist communities, and to mentor, support, and foster each other in and through our works.

For any and all inquiries, please contact the conference organizer Pedrom Nasiri at