Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence


"The big thing about queer theory is that when it's done right, there's no excuse for lazy thinking. Nothing can be assumed. Sex Diss has taught me to take nothing for granted, and to always be open to reassessing what I believe to be true."
- Michael Rowland, former PhD Student at the University of Sussex

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the new Sex Diss website and the launch of our recently redeveloped MA in Sexual Dissidence, which is delivered as a partnership between the School of English and the School of Global Studies

The legacy and ongoing influence of Sex Diss

Directing Sex Diss is a real honour for us. Sex Diss was founded by Alan Sinfield and Jonathan Dollimore, radical intellectuals who were hugely influential in the development of the field of queer studies in the UK. Their spirit infuses the work that we do today and their thinking creates a firm foundation for recent innovations at Sex Diss. We are thrilled to be part of a research centre with such a fine heritage. We are also delighted with the continuing growth of our research and arts events: Queory, our visiting speaker series and our Reading Group.

Changes to the MA in Sexual Dissidence

The MA in Sexual Dissidence broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 and remains a course that is unique, internationally recognised, and an important part of Sussex University’s past, present, and future. It offers an interdisciplinary training in the study of sexuality, a field also known as “queer studies."

We have recently redesigned the MA by organising to co-convene it with the School of Global Studies; previously it was offered by the School of English alone. By broadening the base of studies of sexual dissidence beyond the School of English we have been able to encompass topics like international relations, international development, and anthropology. This disciplinary expansion brings a broader array of academic colleagues to our teaching and a more diverse cohort of students to the program. We have also made sure to include options from the School of Media, Film and Music and the School of Law, Politics, and Sociology.

We are very excited about these developments. Our redesigned MA is truly interdisciplinary and engages with the most pressing issues in queer studies today.

Engage with Sex Diss

Sex Diss brings together a close-knit, generous, fun community of faculty and students. For MA students there are many benefits in being attached to a research entre that is developing new research and ideas. Studying with Sex Diss provides the opportunity to play an active role in your own learning and support your peers as well as engaging with researchers from Sussex and beyond. For many students who work with us the MA is transformative – intellectually, personally and in terms of the networks that they build for the future. Participation in the Sex Diss community has certainly enriched our academic lives. We look forward to expanding these networks in the coming years.


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