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 Dissidence Now: A One Day Symposium

Fri 20 May


The Creativity Zone

University of Sussex

Tickets: http://sexdissnow.brownpapertickets.com/







Sex Diss Now



Applications for the MA in Sexual Dissidence (2016 entry) are OPEN!


Download the Brochure HERE!

Sex Diss MA Brochure 2016




What's On

One Day Symposium

Sex Diss Now


Fri 20 May


The Creativity Zone

University of Sussex






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

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

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Thanks to all chairs, speakers & our beautiful audience #sexdissnow

We've had a wonderful day! All done now & it's time for dissident wine! Catch us @marlboroughbtn at 8 if you fancy a drink #sexdissnow

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Lothian: if we're always 'not yet', then we can never arrive. But here we are, living in the future after all. #sexdissnow

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