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.







Monday, 25 February 2019, 5 - 6:30pm

Queer Studies Reading Group w/ visiting prof. antke engel

Location: Arts B217 

Readings: Revisiting Cathy Cohen's "Punks, Bulldagers, and Welfare Queens" - recent pieces in GLQ. 


Thursday, 7 March 2019,  3pm - 5pm

 "Language variation and social meaning: Gender and sexuality in sociolinguistics" (in collaboration with ROLLS)

Dr. Evan Hazenberg (Sussex)

Fulton 104


Thursday, 14 March 2019, 5 - 6:30pm

Queer Studies Reading Group w/ visiting prof. antke engel

Location: Arts B217 

Reading: Sexualness.


Thursday, 21 March 2019, 6-9pm.

Workshop: "Embodied Movement for Social Change" with Camille Barton.

Collaboration with Performing Borders and ACCA. Free, but places will be limited and registration required. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND BOOKINGS.



Thursday, 4 April 2019, 5 - 6:30pm

Queer Studies Reading Group w/ visiting prof. antke engel

Location: Arts B217 

Reading: Translating the Queer.


Tuesday, 28 May 2019, time tbc

Talk from Dr. Jordy Rosenberg (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), title tbc

Location tbc

In collaboration with the English Colloquium and American Studies Research Seminar


Monday 10 June 2019, 5-7pm.

"Why Karen Carpenter Matters"

Dr. Karen Tongson (University of Southern California)

Location: Marlborough Pub and Theatre (downstairs, in the "Theatre Bar")





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 Speaker Series, Queer Studies Reading Group, Film Club and more. [tweets by Sam Solomon]

RT @DevilsDykes: WE'RE BACK, with an all new venue! 22nd March, 6.30pm doors for a 7pm start, FREE queer feminist art and performanc… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

join our friends from @perfbordersLIVE tomorrow, Tues 19 March, at the @AttenboroughCtr :) twitter.com/AleCianetti/st…

RT @DeanAtta: Black writers with a Sussex connection please send us your work. I’m editing the poetry but we’re looking for short… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

RT @CTSG_Brighton: Rachel O'Connell inviting us into a nest of toxicity :-) in her fabulous analysis of drag race's Willam Belli #lesbianlivesconference2019

@Beardynoise agreed!!!! we are not *so* good at twitter, however

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