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 events:

Film Club





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

Film Club

Outlaw (1994)

Tue 26 May

Silverstone 121, 4pm-6pm


Film Club

The Fox (1967)

Tue 2 June

Silverstone 309, 4pm-6.30pm


Queer Studies Reading Group

Queer Domesticities (2014)

Wed 10 June

Arts B217, 5pm-6.30pm



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