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Advances in Research

and Clinical Practice 

Since 2008, CARAS has partnered with a variety of organizations to host the Alternative Sexualities Conference, now titled Multiplicity of the Erotic (MOTE): Advances in Research and Clinical Practice.

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. 


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


We have exciting new partnerships forming for the 2021 conference, that we hope to hold in the later spring 2020. Please stop back as we plan out our upcoming 2021 conference 


The list of our past MOTE/PASD/CARAS Conferences:


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

Formerly known as the PASD/CARAS Alternative Sexualities Conference


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Is this still the CARAS/PASD Alt Sex Conference? 
If so, then what's new? 

Multiplicity of the Erotic Conference

YES! Multiplicity of the Erotic (MOTE) Conference is a re-invention and transformation of the PASD/CARAS Conference on Alternative Sexualities.

For over 10 years, PASD - Programs Advancing Sexual Diversity, and CARAS - The Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities have collaborated to present cutting-edge research, as well as the most current clinical approaches to diverse sexual expressions and identities. 

We are collaborating with wonderful new partners to bring the Multiplicity of the Erotic Conference to you on a bi-annual schedule.


The Multiplicity of the Erotic will address a larger range of diversity around sexuality, gender and relationships, focus on the intersections of research, clinical work and professional practice, and present the latest ideas and findings on polyamory, consensual non-monogamies, kink/BDSM sexualities and identities, transgender/genderqueer/nonbinary

experiences, asexualities, sex worker studies, hierarchical (power-exchange) relationships, etc.


RECAP- MOTE 2019 Theme 

"Intersectionalities and Sexuality/Relationship Diversity"

Last year, we invited our presenters and participants to come explore the issues, and challenges in doing resarch and clinical work in regards to questions about race/ethnicity, class, and gender, and diverse sexualities and relationships.

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2019 Iridium Sponsor
The Elephant
in the Hot Tub:
Kink in Context
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Russell Stambaugh, PhD
2019 Platinum Sponsor

Primary Sponsors of this Event

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Your sponsorship will help us ensure the future of MOTE.  Won't you donate or become a sponsor? 

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