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.








SNAP: Desert Hearts (18)

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 @ 7:30pm



QUEORY: 'Typesetters grow more capillaries': the labour of queer literature

Dr. Samuel Solomon (Sussex)

Wed 11 Oct, Jubilee 144, 5pm-7pm


SNAP: Tongues Untied

Thursday, 19 October 2017 @ 7:30pm



SNAP: The Early Shorts of Cheryl Dunye

Thursday, 16 November 2017 @ 7:30pm



QUEORY: Textiles, Queerness, Politics

Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson (UC Berkeley)

Thurs 23 November, Arts A5, 4pm-6pm


COLLABORATION with the Marlborough Theatre$ELFIE$




QUEORY: Splitting with Hegel: Sexualness and the challenge to Eurocentricism in Queer Theory

akshay khanna

Thurs 7 December, Arts A5, 4pm-6pm


SNAP: Hustler White (18)

Thursday, 7 December 2017 @ 7:30pm





Centre Directors

Dr. Rachel O’Connell (School of English)

Dr. Samuel Solomon (School of English) 


MA Convenors

Dr. Rachel O’Connell (School of English)

Dr Elizabeth Mills (School of Global Studies)


E: sexualdissidence@sussex.ac.uk

T: @SexDissSussex


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

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