Gaëlle Aeby is a research fellow at the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, University of Manchester.

Her main research interests lie in personal networks and kin and non-kin relationships, youth, life trajectories, critical life transitions and their rituals, as well as institutions and welfare state regimes framing personal life. She also has a strong interest in innovative research designs combining quantitative and qualitative methods. She is currently conducting a study on the recomposition of personal networks after an intimate relationship breakdown and separation rituals in the UK and in Switzerland “Overcoming separation: Separation rituals and the roles of friends and family.” Her publications include: Bonding and Bridging Social Capital in Step- and First-Time Families and the Issue of Family Boundaries (2014). Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships; Collecting family network data (2013). International Review of Sociology; Entrer and sortir des institution / Institutionen: Ein- und Austritte (2011). Tsantsa. Revue de la société suisse d’ethnologie, Les miroirs de l’adolescence : anthropologie du placement juvénile (2014), Lausanne: Antipodes

Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies in the Centre for Gender Studies, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Nadje has come to be interested in love academically (romantic love, friendship and love for one’s country) in the context of her work on women and gender in the Middle East, particularly with reference to Iraq. In the context of her research on war, invasion and occupation in Iraq, she has become interested in changing gender relations and ideologies, including ideas and practises around romantic love, marriage, love for one’s children as well as friendship. How do changing femininities and masculinities in the context of political transition, militarization and violence impact on love as imagined and practised? How does love amongst people relate to love for one’s country? What is the relationship between love and hate?Her publications include What kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (2009, University of California Press, co-authored with Nicola Pratt); Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives (Zed Books, 2009, co-edited with Nicola Pratt), Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present (2007, Zed Books); New Approaches to Migration (ed., Routledge, 2002, with Khalid Koser); Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press 2000) and Gender Writing – Writing Gender (The American University in Cairo Press, 1994) as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. Her forthcoming publication is entitled We are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War (Syracuse University Press, co-edited with Deborah Al-Najjar).

Adriana García Andrade is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Azcapotzalco in Mexico City.

Adriana’s research interests focus on how love has become a re-newed scientific object within the social sciences and within different multidisciplinary research. In particular, she is interested in making a comparison between the similarities and differences of specific scientific regions (i.e., Anglo-American, French, and Latin-American regions) regarding their use of theoretical approaches and methodologies in the understanding of scientific problems related to love. The main argument here is that the construction of those scientific love problems varies from one region to another.She is currently editing with Olga Sabido a book called Cuerpo y afectividad en la sociedad contemporánea (Body and Affectivity in Contemporary Society). Her latest publications include: 1) An analysis of how academic networks influence the way research objects are constructed. Here she uses the case of love and the body). 2) A study of how scientific journal articles serve as ‘normalizing discourses’ in the Foucauldian sense. In this paper Adriana and co-author Priscila Cedillo look at the impact those articles have on the way love is thought of and practiced. 3) A survey of the way in which 200 top-ranked academic journals have addressed the subject of love for the past twenty years. More specifically, the survey looks at types of journals and types of disciplines and how the latter ‘borrow’ inputs from each other in order to explain the subject of love. This paper is also co-authored with Cedillo.

Eirini Arvanitaki is Associate Tutor in English Language at Edge Hill University.
She is a doctoral candidate in contemporary English Literature at the University of Hull and a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance. Her doctoral thesis is an investigation which contextualises the popular romance genre in the twenty-first century literature. The immediate focus is the changing dynamics of social relations and the disruption of traditional gender norms within the conventional limits of romance narratives, love and sexuality in a popular romance context as well as feminine writing and expression of desire in an era of globalisation. Recently, her work on gender, love and third-wave feminism was published in the edited volume entitled Re/presenting Gender and Love (2015, Inter-Disciplinary Press, ed. Dikmen Yakalı Çamoğlu).

Meg-John Barker is a writer and writing mentor, based in Brighton (UK).
Their publications include Queer: A Graphic History (with Julia Scheele), How To Understand Your Gender (with Alex Iantaffi), Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To) (with Justin Hancock), Rewriting the Rules, The Psychology of Sex, and The Secrets of Enduring Love (with Jacqui Gabb). They have also written numerous books, articles, chapters, and reports for scholars and counsellors, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice. In particular they have focused their academic-activist work on the topics of bisexuality, open non-monogamy, sadomasochism, non-binary gender, and Buddhist mindfulness. Barker was an academic psychologist and therapist for many years before focusing on writing full time. They co-founded the journal Psychology & Sexuality and the activist-research organisation BiUK, through which they published The Bisexuality Report. They have advised many organisations, therapeutic bodies, and governmental departments on matters relating to gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD). They are also involved in facilitating many public events on sexuality and relationships, including Sense about Sex and Critical Sexology. Nowadays they work as a full-time writer and also a one-to-one writing mentor with clients. They offer talks and training on GSRD, self-care, writing, and other topics. They blog and podcast about all these topics on and

Claire Bidart is a Sociologist, Research Director at CNRS, at the Institute of Labour Economics & Industrial Sociology (LEST – UMR 7317), Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, in Aix en Provence, France. [read more]relationships (including friendship), Personal networks, and Life course. Her main scientific areas of research are: Processes of socialization; Life course, Biographic bifurcations, Social temporalities; Social networks, Dynamics of relationships; Social and professional integration, Evolutions of relationship to work.

She conducted a longitudinal qualitative survey which focuses on the evolution of social networks and entry into adulthood. This survey followed a panel of 87 young people who were interviewed every three years (1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2015). This survey aimed at studying their transitions to adulthood, the interactions between the various spheres of life (school, work, couple, family, leisure, residences…) and the articulations between the evolutions of their personal network and the processes of socialization and social integration. For more information, see her website .

She is now developping a new project about Love and forms of conjugality, with other colleagues.

Her publications include:

  • Bidart Claire, Degenne Alain et Grossetti Michel, 2011 : La vie en réseau : dynamique des relations sociales, Paris : PUF, 356 p. (in english soon).
  • « What does time imply? Contributions of longitudinal methods to the analysis of the life course », Time and Society, 2013, 22 (2), p. 254-273.
  • « Combining qualitative, quantitative and structural dimensions in a longitudinal perspective. The case of network influence », Quality & Quantity, 2013, 47 (5), p. 2495-2515.

Ann Brooks is a Visiting Professor at the Australian Catholic University, Institute of Religion, Politics and Society, in Sydney in 2018-19. [read more]Ann is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and has been an Associate Investigator and International Investigator on the Australia Research Council (ARC) funded Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions 2011-2018. Ann has held positions as Professor of Sociology at Bournemouth University and Head of School of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies at the University of Adelaide. She has held research fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley and the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. Ann has published widely in the area of emotions, love and intimacy and feminism and gender. Her latest books are: Genealogies of Emotions, Intimacy and Desire: Theories of Changes in Emotional Regimes from Medieval Society to Late Modernity (Routledge, 2017), Women Politics and the Public Sphere (Policy Press/Bristol University Press, 2019) and Love and Intimacy in Contemporary Society: Love in an International Context (Routledge, 2019)

Amy Burge is a lecturer in Popular Fiction in the Department of English Literature at the University of Birmingham. [read more]Her research interests are in using historical perspectives to think through modern discourses of love, relationships, gender and sexuality. Her first monograph, Representing Difference in Medieval and Modern Orientalist Romance (2016), outlined the phenomenon of the sheikh romance in the twentieth and twenty-first century and its provocative connection with fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Orientalist Middle English romance. She has published research on sexualisation in medieval and modern advice for young women, virginity testing, and masculinity. She is currently working on a literary history of the alpha hero and race, and a project exploring Arab and Muslim women’s genre fiction.

Natàlia Cantó-Milà is an associate professor at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) in Barcelona.
After her PhD thesis at the University of Bielefeld (Germany) on Simmel’s relational sociology and working there for six years as a teaching assistant, Natàlia Cantó-Milà became a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Leipzig where she taught sociology and social policy for 4 years. After ten years in Germany she returned to Barcelona and is now working in the UOC’s Arts and Humanities department. With her research group (GRECS) she holds a research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, which aims at analysing the meaning of love and commitment in late modernity’s weaving of love relationships. Her last publications have been on Friendship in Pro- Ana Communities, on Gratitude as a form of sociation, on love relationships and the uses of ICTs, and on Simmel’s Philosophy of Money. Her main research interests are emotions as objects of sociological analysis, sociology of experience (Erlebenssoziologie), sociology of the future and future studies, the body in the social sciences, and social theory. She is currently working on the economic crisis and the weaving of social bonds in Catalonia and Saxony, as well as on the everyday life weaving of love relationships.

Jennifer Cooke is Senior Lecturer in English at Loughborough University. In her recently completed dissertation she examines the narrative composition of early old protagonists in romantic relationships from a queer perspective. She analyzes contemporary German novels. Based on research in the fields of sociology, cognitive science, and narratology she develops a model for the analysis of erotic love at the beginning of old age. Her pluralistic perspective on literature as a field for experimentation shows the opportunity of reshaping romantic relationships as well as sex, gender, and desire in early old age.

Meike Dackweiler is a teacher at a vocational college in Germany. She received her PhD from the Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf. [read more]The subject of her doctoral thesis is the concept of romantic love in old age in contemporary German and Anglo-American literature. In contemporary literature the tradition of the ‘senex amans’ as farce motif seems to be transformed by a slowly growing number of recently published novels with characters (happily) falling or being in love in their late sixties or beyond. A major focus of the comparative analysis is the relation of age and gender performativity regarding characters and their motivation to seek and live diverse concepts of love in old age.

Lauren Edwards is a PhD student at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Lauren’s doctoral research project asks – can there be love without object or beloved? Love is often defined as a particular lover/beloved relation – love is the union of lover and beloved; love is the recognition of value in or bestowal of value upon the beloved by the lover; or love is the emotional response of the lover to the beloved. Definitions like these make the beloved essential to what love is; but is it? Drawing on feminist theory, analytic and continental philosophy, quantum physics, and neuroscience, I hope to argue that it is not; that there is a type of love without object, an intransitive love, and that our theories of what love is must be re-thought.

Michelle Elmitt is a PhD candidate at the University of Canberra.
With a background in paediatric physiotherapy, visual arts and creative writing, Michelle Elmitt holds a BA (Hons) and an MA in Communications Research. Her PhD research at the University of Canberra concerns love in reconfigured families. The research examines the ways families formed through choice, rather than blood ties, function on an emotional level. It has a comparative dimension: participants parenting other people’s children will be interviewed in both Ethiopia, where the practice has been in progress for centuries, and in Australia. Much of what is socially and politically understood as family in Australia uses the nuclear family and its associated normative ideas of parental love as the reference point. This study probes the inner working of families to capture the voices and discourses at play in social kinship, which can be subject to oppression — partly invisible — by prevailing normative discourses. Examining how people are making loving relationships intelligible, when language does not always allow articulation, involves using more than verbal ways of decoding love. Haptic communication and material interactions are equally taken into account. The approach is through a creative writing research model, which allows exploration of multiple points of view in areas where phenomenological complexity and intersecting paths of emotion, desire, fear and loss may be at play in a household.

Jennifer Evans is Associate Professor of History and Graduate Chair at Carleton University in Ottawa Canada.
She teaches a variety of courses in 20th and 21st century German history with interests in the history of sexuality, visual culture, and social media. Her book, Life Among the Ruins: Cityscape and Sexuality in Cold War Berlin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) explores the rebirth of the city’s various subcultures in the aftermath of World War II. She has written extensively about same-sex sexuality in Nazi and post-1945 Germany, and is currently editing a volume with Matt Cook (Birkbeck) entitled Queer Cities, Queer Cultures: Europe Since 1945. Her current project explores the function of erotic photography as a claim to desire, personhood, and sexual freedom during and after the Sexual Revolution.

Ann Ferguson is Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
As well as a scholar in feminist theory, gender, sexuality and political philosophy, she is also a long time feminist activist on issues of peace, social justice, and transnational solidarity. She has numerous published articles and book chapters in feminist philosophy and theory, and has published five books. Her most current book is an edited anthology of papers in Love Studies. It is co-edited with Anna Jónasdóttir and the title is Love: A Question for Feminism in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2014). Her first two books in feminist theory develop her materialist feminist analysis that sexuality, affection, love and desire are molded in historically various systems of “sex/affective production” which also reproduce male domination. These books are Blood at the Root: Motherhood, Sexuality and Male Dominance (Pandora: Unwin Hyman, 1989) and Sexual Democracy: Women, Oppression and Revolution (Westview, 1991). Her latest papers and talks use instead the concept of the “affective economy”, a set of material practices that involves the exchange of affection and love in egalitarian or inegalitarian ways. She is currently working on issues of gender justice, solidarity vs. couple love, and radical bio-power (love as a political force). She is also working on a critical analysis of the material feminism of Barad, Braidotti, Grosz, and Paredes as they develop a metaphysics of body and affects, particularly love and solidarity, that can explain male domination and feminist resistance.

Jacqui Gabb is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at The Open University.
Jacqui has been interested in researching families and personal relationships for many years and has completed several empirical studies in this area. Her work explored the intersections of the public and the private in shaping how we live and understand relationships, including how we make sense of and experience love, and, more widely, the structures of feeling. Her empirical studies have centred on intimacy and sexuality in same-sex and heterosexual relationships, focusing attention on how the adult couple and parent–child relationships are spatially and temporally located in households. Her work has also been concerned with developing methodological approaches to research the multidimensionality of personal relationships including pioneering the emotion map method. Her most recent study is Enduring Love? Couple relationships in the 21st century. This psycho-social mixed methods study on long-term adult couple relationships is concerned with how meanings and experiences of ‘togetherness’ are shaped by gender, generation and the absence/presence of children. We are exploring how love has been conceptualized as a set of relational, practical activities and discourses and the ways in which these can be distinguished from, or interwoven with, other emotions such as trust, commitment and care. For more information on the project or to take part in the study, please visit our website: Her publications include Researching Intimacy in Families (2008, Palgrave Macmillan); Managing public–private displays of father–child intimacy and child nudity in families, Sociology, (forthcoming); ‘Family Lives and Relational Living: Taking Account of Otherness’ Sociological Research Online, Vol. 16 (4), 2011; ‘Researching Family Relationships: A Qualitative Mixed Methods Approach’Methodological Innovations Online, Vol. 4(2), 2009; Lesbian M/Otherhood: Strategies of Familial-linguistic Management in Lesbian Parent Families’, Sociology, Vol. 39(4), 2005, pp.385-603; ‘”I Could Eat My Baby to Bits”. Passion and Desire in Lesbian Mother-Children Love’, Gender, Place Culture, Vol. 11(3), 2004, pp.399-415; ‘Querying the Discourses of Love: An Analysis of Contemporary Patterns of Love and the Stratification of Intimacy’, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Vol. 8(3), 2001, pp.313-28 as well as book chapters and other journal articles.

María-Isabel González-Cruz is Full Professor at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where she teaches Pragmatics.
She has published widely on the Anglo-Canarian socio-cultural and linguistic contact, as one of her main research interests is in the study of the long English bibliography on the Canaries, resulting from the intense Anglo-Canarian relationships throughout history. She came to be interested in popular romance fiction in the context of her search for all types of English writing on the Canaries.

In addition to several books, she has also published a number of articles and book chapters studying various issues related to Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, ELT, and lexicon. Author of the university textbook Introducing Pragmatics: A Reader and Workbook (2013), she has also edited Lengua, sociedad y cultura: estudios interdisciplinares (2006) and co-published Anglicismos en el habla juvenil de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2009) and more recently La presencia del inglés en la publicidad televisiva española, 2013-2015 (Ed. Síntesis, 2015) and English for Physiotherapists: A Coursebook for Spanish Students, ULPGC, 2015).

Michael Gratzke is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Dundee, UK.

His research revolves around depictions of (male) subjectivity in literature, film and on the Internet. He is particularly interested in the aesthetic representation of extreme experiences and altered states of mind. He has written a monograph on masochism (Liebesschmerz und Textlust, 2000) and one on heroic self-sacrifice (Blut und Feuer, 2011). He has published on representations of romantic love in recent German-, Finnish- and English-language narrative fiction, and is the author of Love is what people say it is: Performativity and Narrativity in Critical Love Studies.

Renata Grossi a lecturer in law at the University of Technology in Sidney, Australia. [read more]Renata Grossi is an interdisciplinary legal scholar with an interest in the area of law and love. In 2011 she was awarded her PhD which was entitled ‘The (in)visibility of romantic love in the legal discourse of modern Australian marriage’ now published as Looking for love in the legal discourse of marriage (2014 ANU Press).

In November 2013 she co-convened (with A/Prof David West) The Radicalism of Romantic Love: Critical Perspectives. A selection of papers from this conference is now published under that title by Routledge (2017). In December 2014 she co-convened (with Joshua Neoh) a colloquium on Law and Love. A selection of papers from this colloquium is now published as a special edition of Law in Context (2016).

In all of her publications Renata is interested in the relationship of law and emotion in both practical and theoretical ways. She is currently working on projects which question the ways that law and emotion scholarship challenge the ways we understand law in theory.

Lena Gunnarsson is a researcher in Gender Studies at Örebro University, Sweden.

Her recently completed dissertation deals theoretically with the way male power is constituted through practices of love, care and eroticism. She draws specifically on Anna G. Jónasdóttir’s radical feminist-historical materialist theory of ‘love power’. A major aspect of her reasearch is also a meta-theoretical engagement with Critical Realism as a way of countering the strong poststructuralist tendencies within contemporary feminist theory.

Christopher Hartney is a lecturer in the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney.

He studies modern myth and new religions particularly those of East Asia and with a notable mania for Vietnam. He has a doctorate on and has published extensively about the origins and development of Caodaism, which since 1926 has been Vietnam’s largest indigenous religion. Chris has additional qualifications in Performance Studies, Latin, and is presently studying for a Masters in Education (University of Technology Sydney). In 2011 he was awarded an Australian Research Council Grant to investigate the interface of religion, culture and politics, and this has led him to examine the dogmatic place of “love” as a binding force between patriotism, popular ideals of romance, and late-captialist ideals of life meaning. He is president of the Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics, Australian national delegate to the International Congress of Aesthetics, and he co-edits both the Journal for Religious History, and the Journal for Literature and Aesthetics. With suspicions that Simon May is right and that love has become our new religion, Chris staged a one day international symposium in November of 2012 “A Love Supreme: Love and Ultimacy in the 21st Century.”

Jenny van Hooff is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Her research interests are couples, sexual practices, love, commitment, monogamy/non-monogamy and emotional/domestic labour and she is the author of Modern Couples: Continuity and Change in Heterosexual Relationships (2013). She is currently researching heterosexual women’s intimate and sexual lives as well as writing about male sexual dominance in popular romantic and erotic fiction.

Eva Illouz is Full Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Her research interests are in the history and sociology of emotions, and in particular in the ways in which public culture and capitalism transform and shape emotional life. She is the author of six books: Consuming the Romantic Utopia: Love and the Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism published in 1997 with the University of California Press; in 2002 The Culture of Capitalism (in Hebrew); in 2003 Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery: An Essay on Popular Culture; Cold Intimacies (Polity Press, 2007); and Saving the Modern Soul: Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help (University of California Press, 2008), Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation (Polity, 2012). Her work has been translated into 15 languages. Two of her books won ASA awards, was invited to give the Adorno Lectures in Germany in 2004, and in 2009 was chosen by Die Zeit as one of the 12 people most likely to “shape the thought of tomorrow”.

Saara Jäntti is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Languages at the University of Jyväskylä.

Her post doc research builds on the two main themes, home and madness, established in her PhD on the meanings of home in women’s madness narratives (Bringing Madness Home. The Multiple Meanings of Home in Janet Frame’s Faces in the Water, Bessie Head’s A Question of Power and Lauren Slater’s Prozac Diary Jyväskylä Studies in Humanities, 2012). Her new research project on home focuses on homing blogs, i.e. weblogs narrating everyday life, often from the view point of a heterosexual mother. What is interesting in these blogs is the construction of intimacy in the public space of the Internet, and the ethics, ideologies and technologies involved. In regard to madness and love, she is interested in exploring the interplay and construction of the notions of love, self and authenticity in the narratives of the users of psycho-pharmaceutical drugs. Her multidisciplinary research interests thus include gender, space, and qualitative research in mental health, madness narratives, and theories on home.

Olu Jenzen is Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Brighton.

Her research ranges across a variety of overlapping fields of inquiry within Media and Cultural Studies, Critical Theory and Literature. She has strong research interests in twentieth century and contemporary writing and popular culture generally but in the politics of literary form and themes and debates on the politics of sexualities in particular. She has written on the sexual politics of the literary fantastic; the queer uncanny and queer methodology as well as articles on the works of Jeanette Winterson and Michael Cunningham. She is currently co-editing a special issue of The Journal of Lesbian Studies (Routledge) as well as The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures (forthcoming 2013) which relates to her research interests in non-normative epistemologies. Together with colleagues from the universities of Brighton and Sussex she is involved in organising events for the Brighton and Sussex Sexualities Research Network (BSSN) and she is also part of the committee for the University of Brighton’s LGBTQ Lives Research Hub.

Emily Jeremiah is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Gender Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Emily Jeremiah’s research interests include literature, gender, ethics, mothering, and transnationalism. She is the author of Troubling Maternity: Mothering, Agency, and Ethics in Women’s Writing in German of the 1970s and 1980s (Maney/MHRA, 2003), Nomadic Ethics in Contemporary Women’s Writing in German: Strange Subjects (Camden House, 2012) and Willful Girls: Gender and Agency in Contemporary Anglo-American and German Fiction (Camden House 2018). She is co-editor, with Frauke Matthes, of Ethical Approaches in Contemporary German-Language Literature and Culture (Edinburgh German Yearbook 7 2013). Emily is also a prize-winning translator of Finnish poetry and fiction.

Timothy Jones is lecturer in History and co-director of the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales at the University of Glamorgan, and ARC DECRA fellow at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

His research interests include sexuality, gender, religion and postsecular society. He is the author of Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957 (OUP, 2012), is currently working on a monograph on D. Sherwin Bailey and Christian influences on sexual knowledge in the 1950s, co-editing a collection, New Histories of Love and Romance, c. 1880-1960, and is commencing a project on the Christian Right and Sexual Politics in Postsecular Australia.

Bronach Kane is Lecturer in Medieval History in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University.

Her research interests lie in perceptions and practices associated with love, courtship and desire in medieval England. She co-edited Women, Agency and the Law, 1300-1700 (London, 2013), with Fiona Williamson, and is finishing a monograph project entitled, Popular Memory and Gender in Medieval England: Men, Women and Testimony in the Church Courts, c.1200-1500. She has written widely on gender and the law, and published chapters and articles dealing with courtship, marriage and sexuality in thirteenth to fifteenth-century England. Her next book-length project focuses on love, happiness, and desire before and after marriage in this same period. She welcomes contact from other participants working in similar areas in other periods and fields.

Mine Özyurt Kiliç is an Associate Professor of English Literature at ASBÜ, Social Sciences University of Ankara, Turkey.

Her research focuses on contemporary women’s writing with special interest in the way women re-visit and change/challenge established genres. She is the author of Gender-Bending Fantasies in Women’s Writing which investigates the function of the fantastic in the works of Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson (VDM, 2009). She also co-edited a volume of essays Winterson Narrating Time and Space (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). She contributed to ABES Contemporary Literature section reviewing works on Pat Barker, Jeanette Winterson and Angela Carter. Her most recent work is a book chapter “‘Cradling an axe like a baby’: Angela Carter’s Lulu” which studies Carter’s rewriting of Frank Wedekind’s play and her interpretation of the femme fatale (in Angela Carter: New Critical Readings, eds. Andermahr and Phillips, Continuum 2012). Her monograph studying Maggie Gee’s fiction Maggie Gee: Writing the Condition-of-England has been published with Continuum in 2012.

Leena Kurvet-Käosaar is Associate Professor of Literary Theory at the Institute of Cultural Research and the Arts at the University of Tartu and Senior Researcher at the Archives of Cultural History, Estonian Literary Museum.

Her current research interests focus on life writing studies and feminist theory, the framework of trauma and Baltic women’s experience of the experience of the repressions of the Soviet regime, feminist theories of affectivity and corporeality and the study of women’s experience of modernity. Her work in the field has been published in Prose StudiesJournal of Baltic StudiesBiography and a number of edited volumes. She is the author of Embodied Subjectivity in the Diaries of Virginia WoolfAino Kallas and Anais Nin (2006), the editor (with Lea Rojola) of Aino Kallas. Negotiations with Modernity (2011).

Estella C. Kuchta is an independent researcher of cultural love trends in contemporary U.S. and Canada.

Her English literature Master’s research at the University of British Columbia, Canada, investigated love stories in Canadian fiction. Her current research focuses on the knowledge ecology of infant-caregiver love. These projects make inquiries about the status and health of contemporary love in late-capitalist U.S. and Canada and map the cultural conditions that impact private love relationships.

Claire Langhamer is Senior Lecturer in History in the Department of History at the University of Sussex.

She began her career researching women’s leisure across the life cycle using oral history. This work was published as Women’s Leisure in England, 1920-1960 (2000). Since then she has published on social and domestic lives in mid-century Britain often making use of materials gathered by Mass Observation. She now works within the history of emotion making particular use of evidence that facilitate the analysis of ordinary affective worlds. A new book, Everyday Love will be published in 2013 and examines romantic love in the middle decades of the twentieth century. She co-organised a recent ESRC funded research seminar series on Women in the 1950s, is co-editor of Twentieth Century British History and on the editorial boards of Women’s History Review and History of the Family.

Haiyan Lee is associate professor of Chinese and comparative literature at Stanford University.

She was educated at Beijing University, the University of Chicago, and Cornell University. She is the author of Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950 (2007), which won the 2009 Joseph Levenson Prize (post-1900 China) from the Association for Asian Studies. She is also the guest-editor of “Taking It to Heart: Emotion, Modernity, Asia,” a special issue of positions: east asia cultures critique (2008). Her scholarly articles have appeared in TelosPMLAPublic CulturePositionsJournal of Asian StudiesModern China, and elsewhere. She recently completed a new book entitled The Stranger and the Chinese Moral Imagination.

Kaarina Määttä is the Professor of Educational Psychology and Vice-rector of the University of Lapland, Finland.

Professor Kaarina Määttä has studied human relationships and love and its various forms based on thousands of Finnish people’s experiences for over 15 years. She has become famous and recognized in Finland due to numerous television and media appearances. She is a popular lecturer and has been given the courtesy title “Love Professor”. She has written numerous books about the theme in Finnish. Since that, Määttä has expanded her analysis on various sides of love together with Dr. Satu Uusiautti both in English “The Many Faces of Love” (2013, Sense Publishers) and in Finnish “Rakkaus: Tunteita, taitoja, tekoja [Love: Emotions, Skills, Actions]” (2014, Kirjapaja).

Jane Malcolm is the Policy Manager in Scotland for the National Day Nurseries Association and is currently undertaking a PhD Research Study at the University of Edinburgh called “Love, Passion and Professionalism: The Early Learning and Childcare Professional”.

She is currently researching how love can be brought back into the discourse of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland in a way that means Lead Professionals can practice with integrity and still show love for the children in their care. The main themes of the research are focusing on conceptualising and defining love in ELC, the impact of personal experiences on practice and finally the professional identity of the Lead Professional in ELC and the impact of love on ELC Policy in Scotland. Having worked in early learning and childcare in Scotland for 20 years as a Lead Practitioner, Further Education Lecturer and currently Policy Manager her interest in what love looks like in ELC and how Lead Practitioners manage love in the setting to provide the best outcomes for children came from many years of working with Lead Practitioners. They often said that they found it hard when they became the Lead Practitioner in the setting to remain professional whilst they still loved the children and wanted to be able to say they did. Whilst other studies have successfully researched how practitioners can practice with care and love, her study is looking at how Lead Practitioners can lead their teams tin practice which is underpinned by love and how this can be brought into the ELC Policy Landscape going forward to 2020 and the expansion to 1140 hours of funded childcare.

Ania Malinowska is Assistant Professor at the University of Silesia, Poland and a fromer Senior Fulbright Fellow at the New School of Social Research in New York, USA.

Ania is a coeditor of (with Karolina Lebek) Materiality and Popular Culture. The Popular Life of Things (Routledge 2017), (with Michael Gratzke) The Materiality of Love. Essays of Affection and Cultural Practice (Routledge 2018), and (with Toby Miller) “Media and Emotions. The New Frontiers of Affect in Digital Culture” (a special issue of Open Cultural Studies, 2017). She has authored many papers and chapters in cultural and media studies with regard to love, social norms, codes of feelings and technology. She is currently working on a monograph Love in Contemporary Technoculture (under contract with CUP) and an edited collection Data Dating (under contract with Intellect).

Fiona Martinez is a Vice Chancellor Scholarship PhD Candidate at Sheffield Hallam University (UK).

Christian Maurer is SNSF research professor in philosophy at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland).

Christian mainly works on moral philosophy, with both more systematic and more historical interests. Much of his work is on emotions and passions; when it comes to love, he is very interested in comparing the various philosophical approaches to this phenomenon. He is co-editor of Love and Its Objects (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), the author of a PhD entitled “Self-love in Early Eighteenth-Century British Moral Philosophy” (Neuchâtel, 2009) and the co-editor and co-translator of Shaftesbury’s “Pathologia – A Theory of the Passions” (History of European Ideas 2/2013).

Simon May is visiting professor of philosophy at King’s College London.

His books include Love: A New Understanding of an Ancient Emotion (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019), Love: A History (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011), The Power of Cute (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019), a collection of his own aphorisms entitled Thinking Aloud (London: Alma Books, 2009), and Nietzsche’s Ethics and his War on “Morality” (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002). He has written opinion pieces for the Financial Times and The Washington Post, among other newspapers, and his work has been translated into ten languages.

Rimple Mehta is an Assistant Professor at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences.

Previously she was an Assistant Professor at the School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University. She studied Sociology, Social Work and Women’s Studies and has written on gender, borders, sexuality and prisons, especially criminalization of mobility and Bangladeshi women in Indian prisons. Her paper titled “So Many Ways to Love You/Self: Negotiating Love in a Prison” won the 2013 Enloe Award. She has worked with organisations such as Swayam and networks such as Maitree against violence on women in West Bengal, as well as with women prisoners in Mumbai, Kolkata and The Netherlands. Her book ‘Women, Mobility and Incarceration: Love and Recasting of Self Across the Bangladesh-India Border’ was published by Routledge in August 2018.

Tony Milligan is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire.

Tony is the co-editor of a forthcoming volume on Love and its Objects (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014) and the author of Beyond Animal Rights: Food, Pets and Ethics (London and New York, 2010); Love (Durham: Acumen, 2011) and Civil Disobedience: Protest, Justification and the Law (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013) as well as various articles across a range of academic journals (e.g. Journal of Applied Philosophy; Philosophical Explorations; Philosophical Investigations; Philosophy; Public Affairs Quarterly; Ratio and Religious Studies). A key focus of his recent civil disobedience book is the attempt (in Tolstoy, Gandhi and King) to politicize an account of love.

Adi Moreno is a PhD student in the Sociology department at the University of Manchester, UK.

Her doctoral research project investigates family relationalities that develop in the context of gay men who become fathers through surrogacy. These parents engage in an international reproduction trade, involving egg donors, surrogates, fertility clinics, agents and various state actors. A major focus of the research is the maintenance of “proper affect” between the participants in the reproduction process – fathers, egg-donors, surrogates and children within these the technical-commercial settings for building new families.

Alejandra Moreno-Álavrez holds a PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of Oviedo.

Alejandra has been a research fellow at Rutgers University, Cornell University and the University of Leeds, among others. Senior Lecturer in the English Department of the University of Oviedo, her teaching and research are centered in Literatures in English Language and Feminist and Postcolonial Theory. She is the author of Lenguajes comestibles: Anorexia, bulimia y su descodificación en la ficción de Margaret Atwood y Fay Weldon (Edicions UIB); El lenguaje trasgresor de las Ciborgs Literarias (ArCiBel Editores) and Ambai: Un movimiento, una carpeta, algunas lágrimas / A movement, a folder, some tears (KRK, 2011). She is a member of the Research Project “The Politics, Aesthetics and Marketing of Literary Formulae in Popular Women’s Fiction: History, Exoticism and Romance” (HER: where she focuses on the aesthetics and marketability of historical romances set in India, and the boom of popular romantic novels in India, particularly through the Harlequin Mills and Boon Imprint.

Alex J. Nelson is a PhD candidate in the department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas USA.

He is a feminist anthropologist writing an ethnography of romantic love in South Korea. His work explores how historical/inter-generational changes in Korean expectations of love and romantic relationships reflect changes in Korean gender relations and the social and economic structures shaping them. Specific topics explored include attitudes towards sacrifice; individual differences in conceptions of love; shifting public and private expressions of intimacy and hierarchy through verbal and non-verbal means; and a history of romantic love in Korea.

Alex is also a researcher with the Erotic Entrepreneurs Project, an interdisciplinary participatory action study of the business practices and strategies of independent erotic escorts in USA which explores how escorts optimize risk, safety, autonomy and profits within a liminally legal market.

Daniel Nehring is Associate Professor of Sociology at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai.

His research concerns experiences of intimate life in the context of globalisation, transnationalism and rapid social change. Much of his recent work has focused on the psychologisation of personal relationships and the transnational diffusion of psychotherapeutic discourses of self and social relationships. He is the author of Transnational Popular Psychology and the Global Self-Help Industry (Palgrave, 2016) and Therapeutic Worlds (Routledge, 2019), and he is an editor of Therapeutic Cultures, a new book series by Routledge. Daniel also is a coordinator of the international research network Self-Help Culture, Popular Psychology and the Happiness Industry, which has brought together scholars from around the world with an interest in therapeutic cultures and transformations of personal life ( On the basis of collaborations established through this network, Daniel is currently working on the Handbook of Global Therapeutic Cultures for Routledge. In addition, he has published widely on experiences and practices of transnational family life, and he is currently completing fieldwork for a study on marriage migration and experiences of intimacy among highly-skilled Chinese-Western couples in the UK and China.

Joshua Neoh is a Lecturer in Law at the Australian National University.

His current research examines the question of what lies at the foundation of a political community – law or love. His scholarship draws on biblical narratives about law and love in addition to contemporary jurisprudential writings on this topic. He has published in various interdisciplinary law journals, including Law, Culture and the Humanities, the Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, and the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. He received his Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University and his Master of Laws from Yale Law School.

Jane O’Grady teaches at the London School of Philosophy (she was one of its seven founders), is a Visiting Lecturer in the Social Sciences Department at City University, and writes philosophers’ obituaries for the Guardian.

She co-edited A Dictionary of Philosophical Quotations (Blackwell, 1992) with A. J. Ayer, did 16 entries for the Oxford Companion to Philosophy, and wrote introductions to Mill’s On Liberty and The Subjection of Women and to Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, and Symposium (Wordsworth). She writes reviews and articles for various newspapers and web sites.

Recently, she has been researching and writing a book about romantic love – philosophical but also bringing in literature (particularly Courtly Love, Shakespeare and Donne), anthropology, sociology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology. In the summer term she gave a ten-week course in the Philosophy of Love at the Freud Museum, and this term will be giving one for the London School of Philosophy.

Her interests are — how far love is spontaneous and involuntary, as opposed to deliberate and enacted (this is obviously a different question in different areas – biological, social, individual, cultural). Also in what it could mean to ‘love x for him/herself’, as opposed to loving a fantasy or a projection or a set of properties.

Jools Page is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at the University of Brighton and leads the Children, Young People’s Voice and Education Research and Enterprise group in the School of Education.

Jools’ research interest centres around attachment-based relationships between adults and children under three years of age in group day care provision and is known for conceptualising the term ‘Professional Love’ (Page, 2011, 2018). Jools’ research examines the discourse on intimacy, care and Professional Love within the context of contemporary international debates on adult-child pedagogical relationships in the early years. She is currently working with colleagues in Australia, researching the presence or absence of ‘Professional Love’ between caregivers and babies from the infant toddler perspective. She is also collaborating with colleagues, Martin Purcell and James Reid at the University of Huddersfield to interrogate the boundaries of love and professionalism within the context of childhood studies and youth.

Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam is Associate Professor of Art History, Aarhus University, Denmark.

She is PhD in Art History and MA in comparative literature and sociology and has studied at Aarhus University, University College London, Freie Universität (Berlin) and École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales (Paris). Her publications and research interests include sexuality studies, avant-garde art and theory, especially surrealism, and love letters. Since 2013 leader of the research unit ‘Sexuality Studies’ at Faculty of Arts, University of Aarhus, a unit that also comprises love studies. Spring 2015 KIASH visiting expert of Sexuality Studies, University of Kent, UK. Member of executive committee for European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM) 2015-. Member of supervisory board for Centre for Avant-garde Studies, Iceland University 2012-. Board member Kunsthal Aarhus 2013-. Editor with Jacob Wamberg of Art, Technology and Nature, Ashgate 2015 and with Benedikt Hjartarson and Laura Schultz of A Cultural History of The Avant-garde in the Nordic Countries 1975-2000, vol. IV, Rodopi 2016.

Lynne Pearce is Professor of Literary and Cultural Theory in the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University (UK)

Since 2015, Lynne has also been Director for the Humanities at Lancaster’s  Centre for Mobilities Studies [CeMoRe – (].  Her early work focused on feminist literary and cultural theory, and this included  a particular interest in theories of romantic love.  Her book publications in this field include the edited collections (with Jackie Stacey) Romance Revisited (1995) (and with Gina Wisker) Fatal Attractions:Re-scripting Romance in Contemporary Literature and Film (1997) and the monograph, Romance Writing (2007).  More recently, she has published several  chapters and articles on romance and repetition including ‘Romance, Trauma, Repetition: Testing the Limits of Love’ in Trauma and Romance   in British Fiction, eds. Jean-Michel Ganteau and Susana Onega (2013) and ‘Love’s Schema and Correction: A Queer Twist on a General Principle’, Journal of Popular Romance Studies, 5.2. (2016). From 2006-10 she was PI on the AHRC-funded “Moving Manchester: How migration has informed writing in Greater Manchester 1960-present” and since 2012, her work has increasingly been focused in the field of mobilities studies through her involvement in Lancaster’s Centre for Mobilities Research [CeMoRe]). Her first publications in this field were principally on the cognitive and affective dimensions of driving and her book, Drivetime: Literary Excursions in Automotive Consciousness, was published in 2016. More recently, however, she has been working on projects which bring together her interest in the discourse of  love and the practice of mobility, including the monograph Mobility, Memory and the Lifecourse in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture (2019) which explores the role of mobilities of different kinds in the generation and sustenance of  intimate relationships. Two related articles which LOVE-RESEARCH members might also be interested in are “Walking Out: The Mobilities of Love” (Mobilities, 13.6, 2018) and “Trackless Mourning: The Mobilities of Love and Loss”. (cultural geographies, 26.2, 2019).

Véronique Pin-Fat is Senior Lecturer in international politics at the University of Manchester and the director of the Manchester Love Research Network.

Her research interests revolve around the use of ordinary language philosophy to grammatically read ethics, universality and humanity in global politics. She is the author of Universality, Ethics and International Relations (Routledge, 2010) and co-editor with Jenny Edkins and Michael J. Shapiro of Sovereign Lives: Power in Global Politics (Routledge, 2004). Véronique is currently researching the avoidance of love in International Relations.

Jennifer Pinkerton lives in Canberra and recently completed her Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology Sydney.

Her thesis is titled Heartlands: Young Love and Sex in Modern Australia, a sociological/creative non-fiction account of love among Millennials. She is a project officer, and a former lecturer in writing, media and communication at Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory. Jennifer also works as a freelance writer and photographer. Her most recent documentary photographic exhibition Love Notes explores long-term love among older Australians (including those in non-traditional relationships). Her writing is published in inflight magazines, as well the UK editions of the Guardian the Telegraph, and various Australian travel and lifestyle magazines. She has appeared on ABC radio several times to share her love research and insights.

Martin Purcell is a Senior Lecturer / Course Leader (Youth & Community Work) in the School of Education at the University of Huddersfield, and a member of HudCRES (the Centre for Research in Education & Society).

Martin worked for over twenty years in community development and youth work, employed in both the voluntary and statutory sectors to support various initiatives in diverse communities in Wales, Scotland and England. For the past twelve years, Martin has worked in higher education, initially as a contract researcher (conducting evaluations of government-funded programmes, including the New Deal for Communities, the Children’s Fund and the Youth Contract), and more recently as a lecturer in Youth & Community Work studies. His involvement in community work continues: as a Trustee of a local charity promoting the mental and emotional wellbeing of children and young people; and volunteering with a number of local groups, including the Scouts and an organisation welcoming refugees and asylum seekers into the community.

Martin’s research into the translation of professional (community development) values into practice raised more questions than in answered, particularly in relation to ‘how’ practitioners enact some of the more ethereal aspirations of the profession. The work of Paulo Freire underpins much of the teaching of community work practice (including youth work), and Martin is keen to explore with practitioners working in a range of contexts how they view Freire’s assertion that ‘education’ in all its forms is an ‘act of love’. He is currently engaged in conversations with people supporting children and young people – in schools, youth work settings and offering mental health services – exploring their perception of the importance of ‘love’ as an element of their professional relationships with the young people with whom they work. This work draws on Jools Page’s concept of ‘professional love’ in the early years, exploring the extent to which it can be applied in work with older children and young people.

Susan Quilliam writes, trains, consults, coaches and broadcasts on the themes of love and sexuality. She is passionate about helping people have the best relationships they can possibly have.

Susan’s field of interest and expertise is intimate relationships; within this field she was once described by a colleague as having “a number of arrows to her bow”. As well as her coaching practice, she is currently advice columnist for Fabulous magazine and the website Cliterati as well as answering patient questions for the Sexual Advice Association and Women’s Health Concern. She writes on relationships for both national and global print media, broadcasts widely on radio and television, and from 2008-2010 presented a regular phone-in advice programme on LBC. She also runs regular courses on relationships at The School of Life and for the organisation Your Daily Bread. Susan has written 21 books published in 33 countries and 24 languages, including an ‘extension and reinvention’ of Alex Comfort’s The Joy of Sex (Octopus 2008), commissioned by the original publisher and with the approval of Dr Comfort’s family. Her other books include two for Relate – Stop Arguing Start Talking (Vermilion 1999), and The Relate Guide to Staying Together (Vermilion 1996) – as well as Women on Sex, a qualitative study of the intimate experience of 200 women (Smith-Gryphon 1994). For the past ten years she has written the Consumer Correspondent Column for the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, bridging the gap between professional and consumer experiences of health services linked with sex and relationships. Susan is on the Media Advisory team of the Enduring Love? project at the Open University and is one of the Family Planning Association‘s 21st Century Achievers. Since 2009 she has been a Patron of the Outsiders charity which supports sexual fulfilment for the less-abled.

Susan has written 21 books published in 33 countries and 24 languages, including a ‘extension and reinvention’ of Alex Comfort’s The Joy of Sex (Octopus 2008), commissioned by the original publisher and with the approval of Dr Comfort’s family. Her other books include two for Relate – Stop Arguing Start Talking (Vermilion 1999), and The Relate Guide to Staying Together (Vermilion 1996) – as well Women on Sex, a qualitative study of the intimate experience of 200 women (Smith-Gryphon 1994). For the past ten years written the Consumer Correspondent Column for the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, bridging the gap between professional and consumer experiences of health services linked with sex and relationships.

Susan is on the Media Advisory team of the Enduring Love? project at the Open University, on the Advisory Board of the British Association of Sex Educators and is one of the Family Planning Association‘s 21st Century Achievers. Since 2009 she has been a Patron of the Outsiders charity which supports sexual fulfilment for the less-abled.

Deborah Rodriguez is a doctoral student, as well as a part time Lecturer and Research Assistant in the Psychology Department at Middlesex University.

Deborah’s doctoral research explores changes in attachment behaviours across the transition to second-time parenthood in both partners of heterosexual couples, and examines the meaning that this experience has on the couples in understanding changes to their sense of self, to their relationship, and to their relationship networks in relation to their respective attachment behaviours. This longitudinal and prospective study uses multiple methods (psychosocial method, visual methods and participant diaries), generating multidimensional material, and the data is analysed using pluralistic qualitative mixed methods (e.g. narrative analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis and a psychosocial analysis). She is currently collecting and analysing the data of the first phase of the research.

Her publications so far include:
Elichaoff, F., Rodriguez, D., and Murphy, A. (2014). More than just a method: doctoral students’ perspectives on the place of qualitatively driven mixed methods. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin (17). pp. 17-22.
Frost, N. A., and Rodriguez, D. (in press). “And it was all my choice but it didn’t feel like a choice”: A re-examination of interpretation of data using a ‘rhetoric of choice’ lens. Women’s Studies International Forum. Special Issue: Choosing Mothering? The gendering of agency.
Hesse-Biber, S., Rodriguez, D., and Frost, N. A. (in press). Qualitatively-driven approaches to mixed method research. In S. Hesse-Biber and B. Johnson (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of multi and mixed methods research inquiry. Oxford University Press.

Tania Rodriguez Salazar is Professor in the Department of Social Communication, at Universidad de Guadalajara, in México.

Tania’s research interests focus on representations of love, relationships and sexuality in social groups (mainly young people) and in some products of popular culture (Mexican soap operas and women magazines). Her current research project is oriented by the sociology of emotions and concerns the ways in which representations and practices of love and couple are constructed, reproduced and circulated throughout youth narratives in an urban context in Mexico. Tania’s publications include the book Las razones del matrimonio [Reasons for marriage] (2001, CUCSH-UDG) and the articles El amor en las ciencias sociales: cuatro visions teóricas [Love in Social Sciences: four theoretical visions] (2012); La sexualidad femenina en discursos de la prensa popular y la ficción televisiva [Female sexuality in discourses of popular press and tv fiction](2014, co-authored with Iliana Pérez); El amor y las nuevas tecnologías: experiencias de comunicación y conflicto [Love and new technologies: Communication and conflict experiences] (forthcoming 2016; co-authored with Zeyda Rodríguez).

Philip Roscoe is Reader in Management at the School of Management, University of St Andrews.

He is interested in markets and organising, and has studied such topics as online dating, organ transplants, non-professional investors and alternative currencies. Philip holds a PhD in management from Lancaster University, an MPhil in medieval Arabic thought from the University of Oxford, and a BA in theology from the University of Leeds. He has published in Accounting, Organization and Society, Business History, Organization and The Sociological Review. In 2011 he was one of the ten winners of the inaugural AHRC BBC Radio 3 ‘New Generation Thinkers’ scheme chosen from over a thousand applicants. His first book, I Spend Therefore I Am, was published in February 2014 in the UK and Canada. The German translation was shortlisted for Deutscher Wirtschaftsbuchpreis 2014, and the book will be published in Turkey and Korea in coming months.

Minna-Kristiina Ruokonen-Engler is a sociologist, research associate and lecturer in women’s and gender studies at the Institute of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University and a research fellow at the Institute for Social Research Frankfurt, Germany.

Her research interests lie in the field of gender, diversity, migration and qualitative research methods, especially biographical methods. Methodologically, she is interested in exploring the role of emotions and affects in qualitative research process. In her current research project, she is exploring social mobility, emotion work, love and affective (in)equalities, as well as transformations of gender and intergenerational relations in families of migrants.

She has written widely about gender, intersectionality, migration, and belonging; diversity, social inequality, racism and discrimination in institutional settings; gendered labour migration and societal integration; gender, diversity and anti-racist education in teaching, as well as about the use of interpretative research methods, especially biographical-narrative research approach, in the field of transnational migration studies.

Yvonne Salt is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Sussex.

Yvonne’s doctoral research is about love and migration. Many people migrate because they fall in love and many decide to settle in countries other than their own for the same reason. As such the work is about love and its relation to (im)mobility. Using the narratives of British migrants and their partners, the research hopes to explore people’s emotional experiences of love and migration, allowing for a consideration of what love and migration might mean for ordinary people. The research will allow for reflection on the ways that emotions, love and migration are enmeshed and add empirical research to discourses about perceived appropriate and inappropriate expressions of love in different cultural frameworks. Her research will problematise how gender, ethnicity, age and other social factors intersect with ordinary people’s experiences of love. The research will contribute to debates about how human emotions constitute place, in particular how love makes place and how place shapes the experience of love.

Tuija Saresma is docent of auto/biographical research at the Research Centre for Contemporary Culture, Department of Arts and Culture Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Her current research interests include writing as agency, affects, intersectionality, love as a repressive concept in the masculinist blogs, and populist rhetoric ( “gender populism”) in the social media. Saresma has written several articles and co-edited books on autobiographical writing, gender studies, cultural studies, interdisciplinary methodology, and feminist pedagogy. Saresma is the principal investigator in the research project on the idealizations of everyday life, home, and nation in contemporary popular blogs, funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, and a member of the research project Populism as a movement and rhetoric, funded by the Academy of Finland.

Ina Schaum is a ELES research fellow (PhD scholarship holder of Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk), based at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.

She has been working on her dissertation project A Biographical Study of Young Jewish Adults’ Experiences of Love and Intimate Relationships in Post National Socialist Germany. The focus of her PhD project is the development of a feminist theory of love relationships as sites where identities, belongings and differences are (de)constructed and negotiated – and particularly in Germany’s post-National Socialist society.
Her academic interests lie in the fields of biographical research, Jewish-German studies, feminist love studies, feminist theory and intersectional approaches to social inequality and constructions of belonging. She studied Sociology, Political Science and Comparative Religious Sciences in Frankfurt. She deepened her academic expertise by completing an internship and research stay at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
In her work, she uses qualitative methodological approaches, especially biographical-narrative interviews and (auto-) ethnographic methods. She considers it an important part of my research to examine how emotions shape research interactions, my analytic process and writing process.
Moreover, she is working on a research ethics approach that addresses her positioning as a researcher, especially as a non-Jewish researcher in Germany, where the individual, familial and social involvement with National Socialism does not allow a position of uninvolvedness. In her writing, she seeks to develop creative methods of representation that address the inequalities and epistemic violences reproduced in knowledge production.
She is also the founder of the research initiative “Love, Emotions, and Intimacies” at Goethe University (

Swen Seebach is a researcher at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) working on the governmentally funded project Forms of Commitment in Love Relationships and the Expression(s) of Emotions in Times of Electronic Communication. [read more]He wrote his PhD thesis on the meaning of rituals in modern love relationships (for webbing durable social bonds) on the basis of Luhmann’s, Campbell’s, Sennett’s, Illouz’s, Coontz’s, Couldry’s, and Hochschild’s works. He has contributed chapters (together with Natàlia Cantó and Francesc Núñez) to Cuerpo y afectividad en la sociedad contemporánea. Una aproximación desde la sociología (Body and Love in Contemporary Society. A Sociological Approach) (edited by Olga Sabido & Adriana García, México) and Internet and Emotions (edited by Tova Benski & Eran Fisher), both coming out in 2013. He is currently further exploring love and emotions in the triangle of media studies, anthropology and sociology.[/read]

Eric Selinger is Professor of English at DePaul University, in Chicago, IL, and Executive Editor of the Journal of Popular Romance Studies.

He is the author of What Is It Then Between Us? Traditions of Love in American Poetry (Cornell UP, 1998) and co-editor of three books on popular romance fiction: Romance Fiction and American Culture: Love as the Practice of Freedom? (Routledge, 2015, with William Gleason of Princeton University), New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction: Critical Essays (McFarland, 2012, with Sarah S. G. Frantz), and The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction (Ashgate, forthcoming, with Jayashree Kamblé and Hsu-Ming Teo). His current research focuses on the relationships between romantic love and religion in twentieth and twenty-first century popular romance fiction.

Reenee Singh is the Chief Executive of the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.

She is founding director of the London Intercultural Couples Centre at the Child and Family Practice and co-director of the Tavistock and Portman Family Therapy and Systemic Research Centre. Reenee has written and published widely in the areas of ‘race’, culture and qualitative research. She is a visiting professor at the University of Bergamo.

Agata Stasinska – Sociologist, she holds a PhD in social sciences, University of Warsaw, Poland.

She was a research officer in the project Families of Choice in Poland at the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences were she now works as assistant professor. Graduate of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and postgraduate of Gender Studies at the University of Warsaw. She coordinated organizing of national and international conferences i.e. Queer Kinship and Relationships (Polish Academy of Sciences 2015). She is the co-author of Families of choice in Poland. Family life of Nonheterosexual Persons (with Marta Abramowicz and Agata Stasińska, 2015). She co-edited books i.e. Strategie Queer. Od teorii do praktyki 2012 and special issues of journals such as: InterAlia and Studia Socjologiczne and published several articles on the sociology of intimate and familial life and sexuality e.g. Journal of Homosexuality, Sexualities, Studia Sociologiczne, Societas/Communitas and InterAlia.


John Storey is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, UK, and Chair Professor of the Changjiang Scholar Programme, Shaanxi Normal University, China.

John is interested in how people use media when in romantic relationships. By use he means two things: the use of media discourses and the use of media technologies.

He has published extensively in cultural studies, including thirteen books. His work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, German, Greek, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. He is also on the editorial/advisory boards in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the USA, and has been a Visiting Professor at the universities of Vienna, Henan, and Wuhan, and a Senior Fellow at the Technical University of Dresden.

Christina Straub is a PhD student in Criminology/Sociology at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
As a contribution to the effects and pains of imprisonment literature, Christina´s PhD examines one influencing variable in the lives of prisoners serving long sentences in English prisons: the absence and presence of love. Exploring themes of deprivation vs nurturance, dysfunction vs resilience, sickness vs health, her research also endeavours to provide a broader insight and understanding of the role of love as human virtue and human need in human development. As part of her theoretical groundwork, she has conducted a multi-disciplinary concept analysis, reviewing and comparing literature from the fields of sociology, neurosciences, psychology and moral philosophy on the topic of love within a social-ecological framework.

Ultimately, her research wants to raise a few critical questions: Should love matter in the set-up and experience of prison? If so, why or why not? What is at stake, if we leave love as essential human need out of consideration when designing and running state institutions such as (but not limited to) prisons?

Katherine Twamley is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Science at University College London, UK.

Her particular interests are around gender, love and intimacy, feminist practice, and family, with a geographical focus on India and the UK. Her work delves into micro-couple interactions through in-depth ethnographic and mixed methods research. She is recently completed a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship examining the intersections of love and gender equality amongst first-time parents in the UK. She is author of Love, Marriage and Intimacy Among Gujarati Indians: A Suitable Match (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), which was shortlisted for the BSA Philip Abrams memorial prize, and co-editor of Feminism and the Politics of Childhood: Friends or Foes? (2018, UCL Press), as well as multiple other journal articles and book chapters.

Satu Uusiautti (PhD in education) works as a researcher at the University of Lapland, Finland, and is an adjunct professor of educational psychology at the University Helsinki, Finland.

Dr Satu Uusiautti has also worked as a post-doctoral researcher in a research project called Love-based leadership – An interdisciplinary approach, the University of Lapland. Her personal research interests are in positive psychology, love and happiness, success, and well-being at work and in life overall. Her doctoral thesis (in 2008) was focused on the success and well-being of Finnish awarded employees of the year. Her latest books are “Early Child Care and Education in Finland” (2012, K. Määttä & S. Uusiautti Eds., Routledge, 2012), “Many Faces of Love” (2013, K. Määttä & S. Uusiautti, Sense Publishers), and “The Psychology of Becoming a Successful Worker. Research on the Changing Nature of Achievement at Work” (2014, S. Uusiautti & K. Määttä, Routledge).

Sandra Vlasta is a postdoctoral Marie-Skłodowska-Curie-Fellow at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz.

She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Vienna where she worked as a lecturer 2008-2012. Her research interests are: literature of migration, travelogues, multilingualism in literature, and postcolonial literature and theory. Her recent publications include “Contemporary Migration Literature in German and English: A Comparative Study” (Brill/Rodopi, 2016) and “Immigrant and ethnic-minority writers since 1945: fourteen national contexts in Europe and beyond” (edited with Wiebke Sievers). Leiden: Brill/Rodopi, 2018.


Catherine Vulliamy is a PhD student in Gender Studies at the University of Hull.

Catherine’s work is on the relationship between love and sexuality, and seeks to explore cultural meanings, understandings and constructions of both sexual orientation and love. She is particularly, but not exclusively, interested in the meanings and influence of love in the context of ‘fluid’ and ‘non-normative’ sexual desire, orientation and/or practice.


Justyna Wierzchowska is Assistant Professor in American Studies at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsawy, Poland.

Her academic interests revolve around contemporary visual art, critical and politically engaged art, popular culture and gendered readings of culture. She traces manifestations of affect in American and Polish cultural practices, mostly in visual art. She is the author of The Absolute and the Cold War: Discourses of Abstract Expressionism (2011), co-editor of In Other Words: Dialogizing Postcoloniality, Race, and Ethnicity (2012), and the author of numerous academic articles published in Poland and abroad. She translates into Polish American modern fiction and art-related books.


Matt York is a PhD researcher at the Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork, Ireland.

He is currently facilitating a Collective Visioning Project exploring the thoughts, feelings, ideas and imaginings of a cross section of activists internationally, in pursuit of a theory and praxis of revolutionary love to animate radical social transformation in the 21st century. You can visit his research website here.


Mirjam Zadoff is a historian and director of the Munich NS-Documentation Centre.Munich NS-Documentation Centre is a museum and interdisciplinary centre for education and learning on the history of the Holocaust and Nazism, founded in 2015. From 2014 till 2019 Mirjam has held the Rosenfeld Chair in Jewish Studies and was a professor in history at Indiana University, Bloomington.