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)


Download our events calendar HERE!

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Centre Directors

Dr. Rachel O'Connell

Dr Samuel Solomon


Events Programmer

Thomas Houlton


Social Media

Michael Rowland


Graphic design

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What's On


Film Club

Skoonheid [Beauty] (2011)

Tue 29 September

Arts B324, 6pm-8.30pm


Co-Sponsored Event

Robert Glück, Reading and in Conversation

Friday 2 October

Shawcross AS02, 4pm-6pm


Co-Sponsored Event

'Force in Progress': Leo Bersani (Berkeley)

Wed 7 October

Room and times TBA



'Informatic Opacity': Zach Blas (Goldsmiths)

Fri 16 October                       

Arts A103, 4pm-6pm


Queer Studies Reading Group

'Queer Theory without Antinormativity': differences Special Issue (2015)

Tues 27 October                                        

Arts B324, 6pm-7.30pm



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

US writer Robert Gluck speaking @SussexEnglish this Friday, Shawcross AS02, 4pm! sussex.ac.uk/cssd/calendar #SexDissSussex

@TheoGordon1 No need for tickets for the lecture, just come along!

Film Club is back! Matt Beetar presents 'Skoonheid' tomorrow 6pm Arts B324 sussex.ac.uk/cssd/filmclub #SexDissSussex

We have seen a big jump in students taking our MA this year. @SexDissSussex welcomes new students and hopes Week 1 is going well!

CFP for very interesting transdisciplinary conference on the body at Pittsburgh University: body.secure.pitt.edu

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