Igniting scientific inquiry into the taboo
Formerly known as the PASD/CARAS Alternative Sexualities Conference
Conversations in Kink -
From Emerging to Thriving
ONLINE Symposium Sept. 24-26, 2021
was a Tremendous Success
THANK YOU to everyone who attended!
We are beginning to plan the next MOTE
See you soon!
The field of scientific study into the human expression of erotic interests and identities has seen exponential growth in the last decade.
MOTE is a scientific conference that offers a unique opportunity for cutting edge researchers and healthcare professionals with special interests in the edges of sexual expression to gather together to present, discuss, and connect. This unique space invites cross-disciplinary collaboration and conversation that might not be had in any other professional conference.
All are welcome in the affirming space that is committed to making accessibility and equity a priority. Generous scholarships are available.
Conversations in Kink
FROM EMERGING TO THRIVING
KICK OFF PARTY
5 pm PST to 7 pm PST
(6pm to 8pm MST
7pm to 9pm CST
8pm to 10pm EST)
included in price of event
We've been isolated from each other for far too long and here at MOTE, we love throwing a good party.
Don't be dismayed by its online format, we are planning plenty of fun, games, prizes, networking and more than enough kinky elements for all.
Alycia and her team are cooking up all kinds of mischief to kink-off this long overdue gathering of erotic scientific explorers.
THE MOTE CONFERENCE
ALL DAY SYMPOSIUM
8:30 am PST - 3:30 pm PST
(9:30 am MST - 4:30 MST
10:30 am CST - 5:30 pm CST
11:30 am EST - 6:30 pm EST)
8:30 - 9 am Opening
9 - 10 am Evolution of Kink Studies
10 -11 am Partner Number Sexualities
11 - 12 noon Erotic Literacy
12 - 1 pm Marginalized within the Communities
1 - 2 pm What is Competent Care?
2 - 3 pm Thriving
3 – 3:30 pm The awarding of NCSF's Race Bannon Award
& Closing Thoughts
KINK-IDENTIFIED CLINCIAN & POLY/KINK RESEARCHER ONLINE GATHERING
9 am PST - 11 am PST
(12 pm EST - 2 pm EST)
included in price of event
For many, this gathering of kink-identified professionals is the most memorable part of our conference. This year, in this intimate group we gather in solidarity to share what it is like to be both someone with intersecting identities while also serving the communities we are a part of. There are broad ethical implications and also involve deeply personal decisions that professionals rarely have a place to wrestle with.
We will have groups for kink-identified clinicians and researchers, students, community members and therapists who are not kinky but work with kink clients
Conversations in Kink
FROM EMERGING TO THRIVING
Our 2021 Symposium Line-up
MOTE is thrilled to be a part of SXtmbr at Stanford University, a trio of day-long sexual health & diversity events
Thursday Sept. 23 Stanford Medicine’s LGBTQ+ Forum
Friday Sept. 24 World Sexual Health Day
Saturday Sept. 25 MOTE Conference
Evolution of Kink Studies
The scientific literature on kink sexuality has grown exponentially in the past ten years or so, but its beginnings go back to the late 1880s. In this presentation we review the general history of the study of kink, with some special attention paid to psychiatry and the formulation of sadism, masochism, and fetishism as mental disorders in the American psychiatric Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The current state of the field will be discussed and some sketches of future directions of growth for the field will be explored.
Richard Sprott, PHD
Robert Bienvenu, PHD, RAC
Lucie Fielding is the author of TransHealth (2021) and is an important voice in the role of sexual embodiment. In this activity-rich workshop, we will explore some of the “wordless stories” (Menakem, 2017) we embody about eroticism, sex, gender, and pleasure. Leave the workshop with tools to help clients tap into these wordless stories, engage with intergenerational wisdom, and seek out embodied ecstasy that shatters—and moves beyond—binaries.
Lucie Fielding, MA
What is Competent Care
As therapy with kink individuals emerges as a distinct practice, in what ways is this different from the emergence of LGBT therapy in the 1970’s and 80’s. What’s changed and what has not? In your experience, what strategy or action have you found to be most effective in signalling to a client that you are kink-affirming?
How much knowledge about kink does a therapist need to have, to do good work with kinky clients?
We ask three distinguished clinicians about their work and their viewpoints on a rapidly changing and growing field of clinical practice
Laura Jacobs, LCSW-RET; Margie Nichols, PhD; Shadeen Francis, LMFT
Parter Number Sexualities
Hear Dr. van Anders apply her trailblazing work to how people with diverse sexual identities, experiences, and existences can locate themselves within sexual configurations theory (SCT) and the concept of “partner number sexualities.” Whether asexual, demisexual, polyamorous, monoamorous, and/or interested in various partner configurations for relationships and/or sexual/relational encounters, these theories make room for those with emerging identities, those who are post-identity or do not find identities that resonate.
10 -11am PST
Sari van Anders, PhD
Marginalized within the Marhinalized
Dr. Phillips will be sharing the gaps in the research literature as there is a need for research about the sexual expression within marginalized communities, partner communication among marginalized adults with physical disabilities, and using kink and BDSM to cope with chronic pain. His book, Chronic Illness and Sexuality: A Guide for Clinicians, which aims at helping clients overcome shame and the sexual limitations caused by illness and
gives strategies to create and reclaim a sex life that works will be published soon.
Lee Phillips, EdD, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, CST
Larger than life, phat as hell, whipsmart AND smart about whips, Mollena [aka “The Perverted Negress.” aaka “Mo” aaaka “Pony Oracle,” but that is a longer tail] is a performer, storyteller, BDSM/Kink/Leather/AlternativeLifestyle Educatrix, Executive Pervert, librettist and Muse. She is beloved by and in service to her “Spousemeister,” legendary contemporary music composer Georg Friedrich Haas.
Mollena is an outspoken footsoldier in the fight against bigotry and ignorance and a thought-leader in the world of Power Exchange dynamics. ANd hey, she’s been sober since 2007 and has a hard-on for living life fully and unabashedly.
Multiplicity of the Erotic Conference
Is this still the CARAS/PASD Alt Sex Conference?
If so, then what's new?
Since 2008, two organizations, PASD - Programs Advancing Sexual Diversity, and CARAS - The Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities collaborated to present cutting-edge research, as well as the most current clinical approaches to diverse sexual expressions and identities at a conference called the CARAS-PASD Alternative Sexualities Conference.
In 2019, The bi-annual Multiplicity of the Erotic (MOTE) Conference became a re-invention and transformation of the PASD/CARAS Conference on Alternative Sexualities. MOTE is produced by Sexual Diversity Education, Inc., a 501c3 organization formed to expand the reach of the original Alt Sex Conference and its areas of focus.
The MOTE Conference encompasses a larger range of diversity around sexuality, gender and relationships. As before, it focuses on the intersections of research, clinical work and professional practice to present the latest ideas and findings on polyamory, consensual non-monogamies, kink/BDSM sexualities and identities. It strives to prioritize even more marginalized and underrepresented erotic identities such as the transgender / genderqueer / nonbinary experiences, asexualities, sex worker studies, hierarchical (power-exchange) relationships, etc.
All are welcome, whether you are an academic, a community educator, therapist, physician, lawyer, or community member. If you have some time to volunteer, we would love to have you assist us.
As a team, we are committed to do better and listen more, our privilege blinds us to so much. We are intent on creating safe and accessible space for those who are often underepresented or feel othered.
The MOTE TEAM
Richard Sprott, PhD. Anna Randall, DHS, LCSW, MPH. Alycia Williams, MS, LPC, CST. Braden Berkey, PsyD, CSE.
A Debt of Gratitude Goes To
A HUGE Shout-Out to
Our Generous 2021 Sponsors
in the Hot Tub:
Kink in Context
Russell Stambaugh, PhD
Doug Braun Harvey
Our Past PASD/CARAS/MOTE Conferences
September 24-26, 2021 ONLINE
May 24-25, 2019 — Chicago
May 26, 2017 — Chicago
May 22, 2015 — Chicago
September 28, 2013 — San Francisco
May 24, 2012 — Chicago
August 3, 2011 — Washington, DC
September 23, 2010 — San Francisco
May 21, 2009 — Chicago
May 22, 2008 — Chicago
We could not have done our past conferences without many partners including the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Projects Advancing Sexual Diversity, The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance, and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute of the Center on Halsted.