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.

Sex Diss AW16

Download our Autumn 2016 Events Calendar HERE!


Upcoming Event:


Queer Studies Reading Group

Reading Group AW16 

Session 2: Queer Necropolitics

Thu 10 Nov, Arts B217, 6pm-7.30pm 

The queer time of death: Temporality, politics, and refugee rights

Sima Shakhsari

(Sexualities 2014, Vol. 17(8), 998-1015)

'Trans Feminine Value, Racialised Others and the Limits of Necropolitics'

Aren Z. Aizura

(from Queer Necropolitics, eds. Jin Haritaworn, Adi Kunstman, Silvia Posocco, Routledge, 2015, ch.6)


Applications for the MA in Sexual Dissidence (2016/2017 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

Michael Rowland (School of English)

T: @SexDissSussex


Graphic design

Bank Design - 01273 515203


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