Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies


Sally Munt appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

An academic from the School of Media, Film and Music (MFM) has been appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Sally Munt, Professor of Cultural/Gender Studies in MFM, and Director of the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies, joins a global network of 28,000 people who support the RSA's mission to “enrich society through ideas and action”.

Prospective fellows of the RSA can apply for membership; others are recommended or elected.

Being awarded a Fellowship is considered an honour, and indicates significant standing in established society in 80 countries including Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Fellows must have demonstrated a high level of achievement related to the arts, manufactures and commerce.

Professor Munt's research has ranged over different contemporary themes of 'otherness'. She has expertise in exclusion and its effects, social, emotional, and cultural.

Her main disciplinary focus lies in cultural studies - particularly in how social identities are experienced in the everyday. Her most recently published co-authored book is Cosmopolitan Dharma: Race, sexuality and gender in British Buddhism (2016).

Professor Munt commented: "I'm very honoured to be given an RSA Fellowship. The RSA is a charity that provides leadership for many humanitarian projects, and I am very much looking forward to getting involved with some of their initiatives, particularly for those aimed at working with refugees."

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 July 2016


25 March 2011



Dr Sharon Smith

Dr Sharon Smith, who was employed by the University in 2008-09 as a postdoctoral researcher, died on 13 March following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Sharon was part of the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies.

Sharon was an ordained Buddhist in Triratna (formerly Western) Buddhist Order UK, where she was named Vijayatara.

Her research report on LGBTQI Buddhisms in the UK - for the 'Queer Spiritual Spaces' project - was exemplary. It was complex and interpretive in understanding socio-cultural differences and intersectionality, showing a profound depth and range of historical and textual knowledges.

Sharon was a commensurate professional and produced work to the highest academic standard; her writing was detailed and managed to convey an immense expertise together with insight and grace.

Sharon was a very special colleague, who had a peaceful and warm presence, an unusual patience and gentle humour. She was supportive and generous, honourable and kind.

We were very fortunate to have her as part of the team, and to have her wonderful company.

Professor Sally Munt Director, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies