Christian Klesse


Christian Klesse is Reader at the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). His research interests include consensual non-monogamy, gender and sexual politics, bisexualities, transnational LGBTQ activism and Queer Film Festivals. Christian is interested in exploring from an intersectional angle how intimacies are shaped and contested in political and socio-economic processes. His work is interdisciplinary and often collaborative. He is the author of The Spectre of Promiscuity: Gay male and bisexual non- monogamies and polyamories (Ashgate, 2007), co-editor of the Special Issues on ‘Gender, Sexuality and Political Economy’ of IJPCS (2014) and on ‘Polyamory’ of Sexualities (2006). Recent journal articles have appeared in Sexualities, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Sociological Research Online and The Sociological Review.

Most relevant activities

  • Klesse, C. (2018) ‘Polyamorous Parenting – Stigma, Social Regulation and Queer Bonds of Resistance’’, in Ana Cristina Santos, Beatrice Gusmano and Pablo Pérez Navarro, Special Issue of Sociological Research Online on Polyamories in Southern Europe. Critical Perspectives (Online First): 1-19. URL:
  • Klesse, C. (2018) ‘Toward a Genealogy of a Discourse on Women’s Erotic Autonomy: Feminist and Queer-Feminist Critiques of Monogamy’, Signs. Journal of Women in Culture and Society, August 44 (1): 205-231.
  • Klesse, C. (2018) ‘Dancing on the waves or being washed away? Representations of Bisexualities in Liquid Modernity’, 20th Anniversary Special Issue, Sexualities, December 21 (8): 1366-1367.
  • Binnie, J. and Klesse, C. (2018) ‘Comparative Queer Methodologies and Queer Film Festival Research’, in L. Dawson and S. Loist, S. (eds.) Special issue on LGBT/Q Film Festivals, Studies in European Cinema 15(1): 55-71.
  • Klesse, C. (2018) ‘Bisexuality, Slippery Slopes and Multi-partner Marriage’, in E. Maalipaard (ed.) Journal of Bisexuality (Special Issue on EuroReBicon: International Research Frontiers) 18(1): 35-53.

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