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.








Tuesday 20 February, 6-7:30pm

Queer Studies Reading Group Session 1: New Queer Marxisms

Excerpts from 

Holly Lewis, The Politics of Everybody: Feminism, Queer Theory, and Marxism at the Intersection (2016)


Petrus Liu, Queer Marxism in Two Chinas (2015)

Location: ARTS B217


Wednesday 14 March, 5-7pm    (Strike action pending)

Queory with Dr. Benjamin Kahan (Louisiana State University)

"Anthropologia Sexualis and the Macro Environments of Sex"

(Event co-sponsored with the Centre for Modernist Studies and the School of English Colloquium)

Location: Jubilee 144


Tuesday April 10th, 5 -7 pm

Queory with Dr. Kat Gupta (University of Sussex)

Textual constructions of desire: or, what to do with 1.4 billion words of online erotica

Location: Fulton 104


THURSDAY 19 April, 6-7:30 pm (NOTE DATE CHANGE)

Queer Studies Reading Group Session 2: Black/Trans Histories

Excerpts from

C. Riley Snorton, Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identities (2017): pp. 1-12, 55-96.

Location: ARTS B217 


Thurs 3 May,  4-6pm

Queory with Dr. Sita Balani  (King’s College London)

"Making Arrangements: The Limits of Love in the ‘War on Terror’" 

Location: Ashdown House 102


Saturday, May 12, 2-6pm.

Queory, special edition: Gender, Sexuality, and the Hostile Environment 

Participants TBA

Location: Fulton G15


Thursday 28 June, 5pm

Jackie Wang reading and in conversation (collaboration with Centre for America Studies)

Location: Fulton 213


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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