The Foundation relies on one employee, one subcontracted accountant and a group of engaged volunteers and external collaborators.
Dora Djamila Mester
director of Ars Erotica Foundation
September 2008 –
Independent Sex Educator (Budapest – Hungary)
Working at various fields including:
- Writing articles as sex columnist at popular women magazines (NLC, Meglepetés, MOHA)
- Organizing sex workshops for adults on various topics such as Sex and Motherhood, Sextoys, Sexuality in long-term relationships, Sex and aging etc.
- Teaching sexuality for teens in middle-schools
- Writing a book with the title of Sex and Motherhood
- Teaching at Eötvös Lóránd University, course title: The social construction of sexuality
- Holding private sexuality consultations for women, men and couples
November 2006- June 2007
Volunteer Sex Educator
San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI) free information and referral switchboard providing anonymous, accurate, non-judgmental information about sex
August 2006- Independent Visitor Scholar at the Centre for Sex and Culture, San Francisco, CA; fieldwork on SF based sexuality adult education and communication
2006 Fall Certified Sex Educator, Sex Educator Training, San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI – www.sfsi.org)
2001- Ph.D. Candidate on Sociology at Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Dissertation theme: Future Prospects of Sexuality Education in Hungary
2004 Fall NYC Visiting Researcher at Rutgers University
1996-2000 Széchenyi István College of Social Sciences; courses listened to: social sciences, anthropology, gender studies
1994-2000 MA in International Relations (major) and Marketing communication (minor) at Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration, Hungary
Being a mother, Gardening, Photography (flickrID: djamila at http://www.flickr.com/photos/87595978@N00/), Traveling, Reading, Cookery
A man, a spouse and a father I am, psychologist and teacher, civil
activist and brain researcher, a team player. I love to dynamize and to move together, to make understand and to understand, to look at things from multiple angles and to see things differently, to be natural and to be in the nature. I would like to support young people along their way to adulthood to become active, conscious, responsible, constructive members of families, communities and societies, where respect towards the other person, diversity of our desires, abilities and beliefs, cooperation and empathy are considered values; and that offer a safe environment for them to freely live and form their identities. I believe in the power of positivity, excitement, participation and tuning in to others. Therefore I find it important, also as a high school teacher and a trainer of teaching methodology, to make school education joy-based, adventure-based, activity-based and personalized. I am committed to help young people recognize the values of diversities (accepting differences in attitudes, divergent thinking); to show ways to respect the power of nature (accepting ourselves, positive thinking); and to promote violence-free communication, tolerance, undisturbedness, the culture of openness and taking informed responsibility, among others in school communities. I am convinced that the main goal of sex education should be to help people reach a released and respectful, but not licentious mindset by giving information, challenging attitudes and providing a vocabulary in a domain, sex that is linked to our identity, body and self-expressions directly, daily and intensely, but that, when it comes to talking, often finds us underinfomed and toolless.
I received my doctoral degree from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands, as a brain researcher I am investigating learning processes related to person, emotion and speech perception. My psychologist and civil activist selves are expressed in organising info-sharing and attitude-forming projects, I was coordinating the professional parts of several conferences and event series that aimed at raising psychological awareness (e.g., Pszinapszis; The true nature of birth), and I was also heading a European psychology student umbrella organization.