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 2 October 2018 / 4pm

Sheiks, Sweetbacks, and Harlem Renaissance Sexuality, or The Chauncey Thesis at Twenty-Five

Dr. Benjamin Kahan, Louisana State University

Shawcross AS1


Friday 5 October 2018 / 3pm-5pm

LGBTQ+ leaders in the anti-fascist fightback: 

A conversation with Luma Nichol

Medical School 2.10


Tuesday 23 October, 5-7pm

Queer Studies Reading Group: Session 1

Excerpt from Stephen Dillon, Fugitive Life: the Queer Politics of the Prison State, Duke University Press, 2018 

Arts B217


Wednesday 14 November, 3-5pm

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers' Rights

Juno Mac and Molly Smith, in conversation with Alison Phipps

Fulton Lecture Theatre A


Wednesday 21 November, 2018 

The New Woman: Literary Modernism, Queer Theory, and the Trans Feminine Allegory

Dr. Emma Heaney (William Paterson University)

Silverstone 309



Tuesday 4 December, 5-7pm

Queer Studies Reading Group: Session 2

Excerpt from Jasbir K. Puar, The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability, Duke University Press, 2018

Arts B217 



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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