Multiplicity
of the
Erotic 
Conference 

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Igniting scientific inquiry into the taboo

Formerly known as the PASD/CARAS Alternative Sexualities Conference

Mark your calendars
Registration begins on August 1st

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 collabortion 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 will be available. 

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Announcing the
2021 MOTE Conference 
an ONLINE Symposium on 

Saturday, September 25, 2021


 

with complementary events on Friday Evening and Sunday 

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SEPTEMBER 2021 

FROM EMERGING TO THRIVING

FRI
24

KICK OFF PARTY 
TIME - TBD
 

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. 

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE

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25

THE MOTE CONFERENCE
ALL DAY SYMPOSIUM
TIMES ARE PACIFIC STANDARD

8:30-9 am        Opening
 

9 - 10 am         Evolution of Kink Studies
 

10-11 am         Language and Labels -                            Emerging Identities
 

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       Closing

SUN
26

KINK-IDENTIFIED CLINCIAN & POLY/KINK RESEARCHER ONLINE GATHERING

9 am PST - 11 am PST

(12 pm EST - 2 pm EST)

For many, this gathering of kink-identified professionals is the most memorable part of our conference. 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. 

MOTE is thrilled to be a part of SEXtmbr 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
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Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at MOTE

 
Conference Story

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,  Braden Barkey, PhD

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Our Last MOTE 2019 
"Intersectionalities and Sexuality/Relationship Diversity"

At our Inaugural MOTE, 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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MEET OUR GENEROUS CONFERENCE SPONSORS

2021 Iridium Sponsor
The Elephant
in the Hot Tub:

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Russell Stambaugh, PhD
Platinum Sponsor
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A Debt of Gratitude Goes To

Our Photo Archives 
past present and what might come

 

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

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.

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See you virtually on September 25, 2021

We will be back in person in 2023

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