Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence

“The Centre for Sexual Dissidence is what Sussex University is about. It's radical, it's political, and most of all it's critically engaged with the world we live in.”
- Sharif Mowlabocus, Senior Lecturer in Media Studies and Digital Media

The Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence, or Sex Diss as it is affectionately known, is a space that brings together researchers and activists in queer and sexuality studies. Recent areas of discussion include: Gaydar; trans photography in Nepal; HIV-related activism and ACT UP; Chinese queer cinema; sexuality and digital culture; and sex worker rights in India. That’s just a taste of the issues covered by our MA course, our academic staff, and our students.

If you want to study on the MA in Sexual Dissidence, learn with others as part of our reading group, experience interesting perspectives from our visiting speakers, join our film club, or be part of a diverse community of people interested in gender and sexuality, then explore what Sex Diss can offer you.

Read more in our welcome from the Centre’s Directors, Rachel O’Connell and Samuel Solomon.

“Sexual…relating to the instincts, physiological processes, and activities connected with physical attraction or intimate physical contact between individuals…”

“Dissidence…disagreement or challenge to official policy…”                                                      (Oxford Dictionaries Online)


Our next events:

Film ClubQueory Trans





Centre Directors

Dr. Rachel O'Connell

Dr Samuel Solomon


Events Programmer

Thomas Houlton


Social Media

Michael Rowland


Graphic design

Bank Design, 01273 515203

What's On

Film Club

Beautiful Thing (1996)

Tues 24 November

Arts B274, 6pm-8.30pm

Film Club



'Emerging Trans* Practices: Creative and Critical Explorations'

Juliet Jacques, Nat Raha, Olga Lidia Saavedra Montes de Oca

Wed 2 December

Fulton A, 4pm-6pm

Queory Trans



Co-Sponsored Symposium

'PRIDE and its Precursors: Political Mimesis, Nostalgic Dissidence and Popular Film'

Fri-Sat 4-5 December                                 

Birkbeck Cinema, Bloomsbury, London

More details TBA



Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence - Masters Program, Queory Visiting Speaker Series, Queer Studies Reading Group, Film Club and more....

Next @SexDissSussex event will be very exciting! Please do come along next Weds #SexDissSussex twitter.com/fullnommunism/…

Don't forget Film Club tonight! @MikeRowland84 is showing Beautiful Thing 6pm B274 sussex.ac.uk/cssd/filmclub #SexDissSussex

Exciting queer films start tonight @Eyes_Wide_Open_ at @DukeofYorks

Tuesday 6pm is Sex Diss Film Club, @MikeRowland84 will present 'Beautiful Thing' (1996) details: sussex.ac.uk/cssd/filmclub #SexDissSussex

Our very own Dr Sam Solomon quoted in this great article on misogyny and gay men! broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/… #SexDissSussex

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