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 event:

Film Club SS15



Click here to download our  Events Calendar!


Centre Directors

Dr. Rachel O'Connell

Dr Samuel Solomon

Assistant and Events Programmer

Thomas Houlton


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What's On

Sex Diss Film Club

Let The Right One In (2008)

Tuesday 10 February

Arts B274, 6pm-8.30pm


Queer Studies Reading Group

Queer Ecologies (2010) - Catriona Mortimer-Sandliands/Bruce Erickson

'Queer Ecology' (2010) - Timothy Morton

Tuesday 17 February

Arts B217, 6pm-7.30pm


Co-Sponsored Events

Justin Vivian Bond, 'Love Is Crazy'

Wednesday 18 February

Brighton Dome, 8.30pm

How to Take a Flying Leap: No Word is an Island

(Justin Vivian Bond in Conversation)

Thursday 19 February

Creativity Zone, Pevensey III, 4pm-6pm



Queer Necropolitics

Dr. Silvia Posocco (Birkbeck)

Tuesday 24 February

Fulton 107, 4pm-6pm


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