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 event:

Queory Silvia Posocco


Click here to download our Events Calendar!


Centre Directors:

Dr. Rachel O'Connell

Dr Samuel Solomon

Assistant and Events Programmer: Thomas Houlton


Social Media : Michael Rowland


Graphic design: 
Bank Design, 01273 515203

What's On


Queer Necropolitics

Dr. Silvia Posocco (Birkbeck)

Tuesday 24 February

Fulton 107, 4pm-6pm


Queer Studies Reading Group

Safe Space: Gay Neighbourhood History and the Politics of Violence (2013) - Christina Hanhardt

Tuesday 10 March

Arts B217, 6pm-7.30pm


Sex Diss Film Club

Dirty Diaries (2009)

Tuesday 24 March

Arts B274, 6pm-8.30pm



Race, Sex, Gender and Space in Gentrifying Los Angeles

Dr. Craig Willse (George Mason University)

Wednesday 1 April

Jubilee 144, 4pm-6pm


Download our events calendar here!


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

TOMORROW 4-6pm Silvia Posocco speaking on Queer Necropolitics as part of our Queory series sussex.ac.uk/cssd/queory #sexdiss

RT @mxjustinVbond: @SexDissSussex @pinkfringeuk @SussexEnglish Thank you for a wonderful afternoon! Vx

TODAY! @mxjustinVbond workshop in conversation w Sara Jane Bailes #howtotakeaflyingleap @pinkfringeuk @SussexEnglish sussex.ac.uk/cssd/collabora…

TOMORROW! Reading group on queer ecologies. Details and links to reading here: sussex.ac.uk/cssd/reading #sexdiss

Busy week at the Centre! Be prepared for queer tweets winging their fabulous ways to you! Reading group & Justin Vivian Bond events...

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