Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence

The Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence is the focal point for research in queer studies at the University of Sussex. Founded over twenty years ago, the Centre gained international acclaim by pioneering the field of queer studies. Today, we continue to bring together faculty, undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, and members of the Brighton community, to create a thriving network of enquiry, dialogue and experimentation.

We offer opportunities for graduate work in queer studies through our PhD in Sexual Dissidence and our MA in Sexual Dissidence. The MA in Sexual Dissidence was founded in 1990 as one of the first degrees of its kind in the world and offers an interdisciplinary training in the study of sexuality.

We organise the Queory seminar, a visiting speaker series that showcases new queer research, arts, literature, and activism which is open to all. Recent speakers have included Mandy Merck, Joseph Bristow, Andy Medhurst, David Halperin, Del LaGrace Volcano, Heather Love, Thomas Glave, Gerard Koskovich, Sarah Schulman, William Leap, Shamira Meghani, Stella Bolaki, Dagmar Schultz, Gail Lewis, Sunny Drake, Clare Hemmings and Hongwei Bao.

We are also the home of the graduate student-led Queer Studies Reading Group, a friendly and informal group that brings together faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and members of the Brighton community to keep up to date on the latest developments in queer studies (check out the Facebook page). The Sex Diss Film Club regularly holds informal gatherings to watch and discuss films selected by students and faculty members.

Click on the link below for an article written by Centre fellow Dr. Paul Boyce and Aniruddha Dutta on the vulnerability of gay and transgender people in India: 
You can consult our News and Events pages for full details on all of our events.


Queory 12th March


Dr. Dominic Johnson (Queen Mary, University of London) talks about artist Ron Athey and his 1994 performance of 4 Scenes in a Hard Life in Minneapolis and London. See the poster below for details:

Dominic Johnson Ron Athey Sex Diss



Download our Spring 2014 Programme of Events HERE!



Contact Information

If you have queries, or want to join our mailing list, email us at:


 Centre Director:

Dr. Rachel O'Connell
T +44 01273 877375
E r.c.o-connell@sussex.ac.uk

Upcoming Events


Wed 12th March,The Creativity Zone, Pevensey III, 3C7, 4pm-6pm

Dr. Dominic Johnson (Queen Mary)

Disgusted Apperceptions: Ron Athey's "4 Scenes in a Harsh Life" in Minneapolis and London, 1994



Wed 19th March, Jubilee 115, 5pm-6.30pm

Prof. Emma Heaney (Draper Program, NYU)

By No Means Effeminate: Modernist Sexology, Feminism and the Trans Feminine Remainder


Queer Studies Reading Group

Wed 26th March, Arts B274, 5pm-6.30pm

Extracts from Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh (Glave)


Sex Diss Film Club

Wed 9th April, Arts B274, 5.30pm-8pm

if... (1968, dir. Anderson)


For more info visit our Events Page