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.


Download our Spring 2017 Events Calendar HERE!


Next Event:


queory sequoia


Patrick Kelly Loves.... Transcoding Black Queerness on the Runway

Sequoia Barnes (Brighton)

Tue 14 Feb, Jubilee G36, 4pm-6pm



Applications for the MA in Sexual Dissidence (2017/2018 entry) are OPEN!


Download the Brochure HERE!

Sex Diss MA Brochure 2016





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. Paul Boyce (School of Global Studies)


Events Programmer and Administrator

Dr. Thomas Houlton (School of English)

E: sexualdissidence@sussex.ac.uk


Social Media

Dr. Michael Rowland (School of English)

T: @SexDissSussex


Graphic design

Bank Design - 01273 515203


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

TODAY: Queory w/ @SussexEnglish presents Gavin Butt on the politics of queer self-mockery Jubilee G22 5pm #SexDissSussex

Queer Beyond London - Great local event on Thursday eventbrite.co.uk/e/queer-beyond…

THIS WEEK! #SexDissSussex twitter.com/marlboroughbtn…

In assoc with @SexDissSussex, the talented @magidelbushra will be performing for 3 nights @marlboroughbtn - details! marlboroughtheatre.org.uk/event/a-willes…

CFP for a very cool symposium at @uniofeastanglia queersubjectsblog.wordpress.com

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