MA
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Starts September 2017

Sexual Dissidence

Learn to bring a radical, contemporary and global approach to the study of sexuality with our unique, interdisciplinary MA in queer studies. 

Jointly taught by the Schools of English and Global Studies – both ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 – it provides a firm foundation in queer theory and allows you to tailor your studies to your interests.

Since 1991, this course has brought together dynamic, engaged students and faculty to develop cutting-edge work on sexuality. The MA is associated with the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence, a research hub for sexuality and queer studies.

The big thing about queer theory is that when it’s done right, there’s no excuse for lazy thinking. Nothing can be assumed.”Michael Rowland
Sexual Dissidence MA
School of English PhD research student

Key facts

  • Our course offers an interdisciplinary and contemporary programme, addressing present-day issues of sexuality within a global context.
  • You'll be associated with an active research hub, the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence, so you get to participate in regular research and arts events and connect with faculty and students that care about issues of gender and sexuality.
  • Brighton is a city known for its vibrant activist, queer, and arts scenes, and is near London, so you can enrich your studies by exploring nearby events and communities.

How will I study?

You'll study core modules and options. You can also attend research and arts events, such as our film club, reading group and visiting speaker series. Over the summer, you work on your supervised dissertation.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. 

For details about the part-time course, contact us at  englishpg@sussex.ac.uk

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Critical Issues in Queer Theory

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      Queer theory and/or queer studies, which first emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s, brings poststructuralist epistemologies and radical political sensibilities to the social, cultural, and historical study of sexuality – and, indeed, the study of eroticism, relationality, and kinship more broadly.

      This module provides you with the opportunity to gain an overview of key concepts and debates in queer theory and to read important queer theoretical texts in depth. We will discuss some foundational texts in queer theory and will explore some of the intellectual, social, cultural, and political contexts from which queer theory emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

      We will also explore a selection of key issues and approaches in contemporary queer studies, which might include:

      • transgender theories
      • affect studies
      • transnational contexts
      • theorisations of contemporary neoliberalism.

      Throughout this module you will work to build up a theoretical foundation that will allow you to attend in nuanced and informed ways to the politics of sexuality, relationship, and kinship as these politics are manifested and remade in texts and other cultural artefacts.

    • Dissertation (English MA programmes)

      60 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      This module gives you the opportunity to undertake supervised work on a dissertation of up to 20,000 words, on a topic of your choice agreed with your supervisor. If you are a part-time student, you will begin your background reading for the dissertation in the first summer term and vacation of your studies.

    Options

    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Bearing Witness: Terror and Trauma in Global Literature

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The module explores the representation of terror, trauma and testimonial address in a range of contemporary international literary texts. Through a textual and contextual study of these works, key issues such as the non-narratability of trauma, the ethics of speaking for the other, the intersection between the politics of reading, writing and bearing witness, the creation of cross-cultural communities in the representation and reading of trauma, and the relationship between gender, intimacy and the representation of the body in pain, will be studied in relation to critical readings from terror and trauma studies.

      The range of literary texts reflects the global cultural reach of the module, from postcolonial texts from a wide range of cultural locations to literatures that engage with critical discourses generated by the Holocaust and the War on Terror. Opening with an emphasis on cross-cultural connections and critical readings, the focus on historical positioning becomes more pronounced as the module proceeds.

    • Blackness, Innocence, Modernity

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

    • Critical Issues in Queer Theory

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      Queer theory and/or queer studies, which first emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s, brings poststructuralist epistemologies and radical political sensibilities to the social, cultural, and historical study of sexuality – and, indeed, the study of eroticism, relationality, and kinship more broadly.

      This module provides you with the opportunity to gain an overview of key concepts and debates in queer theory and to read important queer theoretical texts in depth. We will discuss some foundational texts in queer theory and will explore some of the intellectual, social, cultural, and political contexts from which queer theory emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

      We will also explore a selection of key issues and approaches in contemporary queer studies, which might include:

      • transgender theories
      • affect studies
      • transnational contexts
      • theorisations of contemporary neoliberalism.

      Throughout this module you will work to build up a theoretical foundation that will allow you to attend in nuanced and informed ways to the politics of sexuality, relationship, and kinship as these politics are manifested and remade in texts and other cultural artefacts.

    • Critical Reading in Advanced Gender Theory

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

    • Feminism and Film

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The module begins with an exploration of the relationship between feminism, feminist theory and film theory, and feminist filmmaking.

      Beginning from the assumption that feminism is first and foremost a politics, and its theories – its feminisms – must exist in that space, which Stuart Hall calls the ‘tension ... between ... political and intellectual concerns’, it traces a history, firstly of feminist film theory and criticism, and secondly of feminist film making.

      In the first part, it explores issues of representation, asking what kinds of representations of women mainstream film constructs, how these representations function within wider social discourses and power structures, how film – through its representations – works to construct particular subject positions for its viewers, and how particular genres structure these positions differently through their specific play of realism, ideology and fantasy. In terms of a feminist film practice, it asks how far feminist film makers can intervene in film practices, and what such an intervention might/should look like.

      In each session, a specific film text will be studied in the light of the theoretical issues raised.

    • Gender Politics and Social Research

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module approaches feminist theory and methodology at advanced levels, critically exploring feminist research on a number of different issues and engaging with the politics of the research process itself. As a core module on the MA in Gender Studies, it is intended to prepare you to conduct independent research and to produce your dissertation.

      The first half of the module introduces different methodologies and methods, encouraging you to reflect critically on their strengths and weaknesses, and how feminists have used them in the service of political projects. In the second half of the module, you will design research projects on two case-study issues and attempt to operationalise key feminist theories.

    • Gender, Sexuality and Digital Culture

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module seeks to explore relationships between the 'hardness' of technology and the 'softness' of the body. Moving through cyber-feminism and cyber-queer studies to critiques of social networking and reconfigurations of space - both public and private - the module seeks to engage with the diverse range of connections made daily between gendered subjects and technologies of media production and reception.

      The aim is to provide you with an array of critical approaches that will allow you to discuss, analyse and critique such connections at a depth commensurate with M-Level work. While popularly conceived as an opposition to the organic, the corporeal and the subjective, technologies of mediation are intrinsically linked to and indelibly marked by issues of embodiment just as our understanding of the body has historically been coded through technologies of media production and reception.

      Hollywood deploys the post-organic as a means of expressing contemporary cultural anxieties, while mobile phones are being used as a platform for gendered software. Online, the digital divide cuts across more than just geographical lines providing a space for both the re-inscription and subversion of hegemonic masculinity in multiple ways. This module addresses intersections, advances and ecologies across an array of media technologies and associated practices and cultures.

    • Literature in the Institution: the university and the study of culture

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      We live, work and study in the midst of the large-scale transformation of education at local, national and international levels. A related (but not identicial) development is the growing, although certainly not new, 'crisis' of the humanities characterised by myriad explanations of just what it is that we do and by contentious justifications for just why do we do it. As students and scholars of literature and culture, we may wonder how these two interrelated phenomena came into being and what exactly the study of literatures and cultures can contribute to their resolution. This module will take on these questions through a range of approaches. We will consider the origins of the European research university and its connections to moral philosophy, the relatively recent development of the study of 'English' in the UK and its former colonies, the relationship between higher education and the 20th century welfare state, the uses of literary and cultural study as parts of social movements within and outside of the University, and contemporary debates about the privatisation and market-rationalisation of education.

    • New Configurations in Critical Theory

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      You explore a wide range of contemporary approaches in critical theory. These approaches have emerged from 20th-century philosophy, literary theory and psychoanalysis, as well as a variety of other disciplines.

      Our investigations are loosely mapped to four interrelated topoi—literature, aesthetics, politics, and science—and comprise a number of pressing theoretical issues. These are:

      • affect, biopolitics and 'life'
      • impersonality, animality and the posthuman,
      • the status of conceptual art
      • the earth, political ontology
      • the common and communism
      • new materialisms
      • science and the brain
      • networks and information
      • systems theory and complexity theory.

      Possible readings include the works of Deleuze, Guattari, Agamben, Badiou, Rancière, Esposito, Bennett, Malabou, Smithson, or Luhmann.

    • The Renaissance Body

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      In early-modern England the body was a major intellectual preoccupation and a focal metaphor informing and shaping cultural structures and artefacts. This period, too, like the cusp of the 21st century, had a very distinctive conception of the person as a construct or artifice, as the product of social intervention and cultural organization. Engaging with interpretative models from the fascinating interdisciplinary field of cultural theory of the body, you will explore the aesthetics of embodiment through a range of literary and visual texts, unravelling the dense significance of the corporeal imagination of the Renaissance. Key themes include: body borders, the supernatural and society; gendered voices, sex and agency; the medical imagination; diabolic inversions (the witch's body); heroic and monstrous masculinities; transvestitism; mystical monarchy; diseased bodies; revolutionary corporealities; body, soul and mind; consuming bodies and eating communities; the fabricated body; and pornography.

    • Activism for Development and Social Justice

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      On this module, you will address the ways in which activists and activism have sought to engage in development and social justice. You'll explore and evaluate different approaches to activism, grounding this in theories of social mobilisation and citizenship, and will work through a series of practical examples, drawing on empirical material produced by anthropologists and others, to explore how activism has been used to address issues of development and social justice. In doing so, you will seek to build on the material introduced in previous terms on theories of social change and approaches to development and social justice, to explore how different kinds of activisms seek to bring about change.

      The module will explore the contributions that imaginative, insurgent, disruptive and chaotic forms of social action have to make to development, and will cover a range of forms of collective action from the use of petitions and lobbying of representatives, to the use of the arts in "interrupting" everyday life to bring some of its elements into question, to mobilisation for protests and peaceful demonstrations, to non-violent direct action and info-activism.

    • Art History's Queer Stories

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      You will question the way art history and its institutions reproduce normative discourses about gender and sexual orientation.

      Firstly, you will study how homosexuality was represented in 19th- and 20th-century visual culture, and how artists have worked within and against such representations.

      Secondly, you'll explore theory such as feminist, queer and postcolonial as well as psychoanalysis to help understand how sexuality and other markers of difference, like race and class, appear in art history and visual culture.

      You draw from a selection of ephemera, artwork, documents and “sticky objects” in Sussex and London collections to find your own ways to analyse representations of non-normative sexualities in the context of private and public spaces, archives, museums and galleries.

      This module provides a forum for discussing queer visualities from the past and currently, taking into account the narratives of curators, the queering of collections and art activism.

    • Feminism, Law and Society

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In this module you consider different feminist theories and understandings of the role of gender in society. You reflect upon the consequences of that role on the rules, principles and policies of that society.

      The ambition of the module is to explore the extent to which sex and gender inform the rules of law so as to foster or undermine inequalities in society.

      In exploring the contours of law as they are informed by gender considerations you also explore the relationship between law and society in the construction of gender and sexual identities.

      The module uses traditional legal sources - cases, statutes, legal treatises on the subject - in addition to academic commentary and analysis from sociology, law, politics, philosophy and cultural studies. It will also be informed by developments in the politics of gender and by changes instigated by feminist, critical race, and queer theory.

    • Global Queer

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module seeks to provide you with a comprehensive and sophisticated appreciation of the importance of queer work and queer practices in world politics. These include knowledge of different approaches to queer theory and sexuality studies and how these bear on understandings of international relations theory and practices in world politics. The kinds of questions to be investigated are: What is 'queer' and how has 'queer' been understood and explained by the discipline of IR? How and in what ways are 'sexuality' and 'queer' constituted as domains of international political practice and mobilised so that they bear on questions of state and nation formation, war and peace, and global political economy? And how does the discipline of IR grapple with 'queer' and 'sexuality studies' work? Topics to be investigated include analysing how 'heteronormativity' and 'homonormativity' function in relation to questions of hegemony, nationalism, migration, military recruiting, military intervention and its justifications, and neoliberal development projects. We will also consider how 'queer trouble-making' - as a political practice in world politics and as a scholarly practice within the discipline of international relations - might begin to change the relationships amongst queer work, sexuality studies, and international relations.

    • Hate Crime and Sexual Violence

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will focus on issues relating to hate crime and sexual violence and the criminal justice system. The module starts by exploring the various conceptualisations of hate crime and how and why its definition has differed between jurisdictions. Focus is then given to the growing legislative responses to hate-motivated offences both in the UK and US. You will examine the extent to which the singling out of certain prejudiced motivations for enhanced sentencing (such as, racism, homophobia, anti-religion and disablism) can be justified. You then move on to explore the main criminological theories that have been put forward to explain the aetiology of hate crime. Attention is also give to research that has evidenced the often heightened levels of harm that such offences cause to both victims and minority communities more broadly. 

      The second part of the module focuses on sexual violence. You examine the reforms made to the law and practice with regards to sexual assault and will consider remaining issues, highlighting attrition and problems of attitude. Some academics have argued that sexual violence should also be classified as hate crime. As such you will explore the arguments for and against the inclusion of sexual violence under the label of hate crime, noting both the impacts that inclusion/exclusion under the label may have on the state's responses to such crimes. You will also examine the use of alternative criminal justice measures for hate crime and sexual violence. Particular focus is given to the use of restorative justice and you will assess the potential benefits and pitfalls of using such an approach.

    • Literature in the Institution: the university and the study of culture

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      We live, work, and study in the midst of the large-scale transformation of education at local, national, and international levels. A related development is the growing "crisis" of the humanities, characterised by myriad explanations of what we do and contentious justifications for why do we do it.

      You may wonder how these two interrelated phenomena came into being – and what the study of literatures and cultures can contribute to their resolution. During this module you take on these questions through a range of approaches. We will consider:

      • the origins of the European research university and its connections to moral philosophy
      • the relatively recent development of the study of "English" in the UK and its former colonies
      • the relationship between higher education and the 20th-century welfare state
      • the uses of literary and cultural study as parts of social movements within and outside of the University
      • contemporary debates about the privatisation and market-rationalisation of education.
    • New Configurations in Critical Theory

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will explore a wide range of contemporary critical approaches that have emerged not only out of the influential work of 20th century philosophy, literary theory and psychoanalysis, but also from a variety of disciplinary quarters. Our investigations will be loosely mapped to four interrelated topics of literature, aesthetics, politics and science but comprise a number of pressing theoretical issues. These are: affect, biopolitics, 'life', impersonality, animality, the posthuman, the status of conceptual art, the earth, political ontology, the common and communism, new materialisms, science and the brain, networks and information, systems theory and complexity theory. Possible readings include the work of Deleuze, Guattari, Agamben, Badiou, Rancière, Esposito, Bennett, Malabou, Smithson or Luhmann.

    • Queer Literatures

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Queering Popular Culture

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module offers you the chance to explore lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer contributions to, and perspectives on, the key fields of popular culture, including film, television, the press, popular music, fashion and style. Topics for detailed study will include lesbian representation in mainstream television genres; cinematic homosexualities and their historical context; lesbian and gay 'community television'; contemporary lesbian and gay magazines and newspapers; queer pop from David Bowie to the Pet Shop Boys and beyond; sexuality and style politics; and the pleasures and problematics of camp.

      You will investigate issues of representation, consumption and interpretation; unravel debates over stereotyping, subcultures and sensibilities; and ask whether a specifically 'queered' critique of the existing academic discourses used in the study of popular culture is conceptually feasible and/or politically desirable. You can expect to sharpen and deepen your skills in interdisciplinary cultural analysis, and there will be a particular emphasis on a self-reflexive examination of (y)our own popular cultural tastes and practices, exploring the connections and contradictions between theoretical accounts of popular images and forms and our experiential investments in them as consumers located in (or interested in) sexual minorities.

      The approach on this module is unrepentantly interdisciplinary - there is no overarching theoretical model to which you will be obliged to subscribe. Students with or without backgrounds in cultural studies will be made equally welcome.

    • Sexuality and Development: Intimacies, Health and Rights in Global Perspective

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module will explore sexualities as sites of political contestation, claims to rights and intimate aspirations in context of global socio-economic transformations, international health and development practice. The module will bring together theoretical perspectives on sexual subjectivity and sexual life, worlds with a range of applied concerns relating to health, actvism and development policy, and programming internationally. In particular the module will examine ways in which 'dissident sexual subjects' have been imagined globally, often both included and marginalised in different domains, such as the community, the state and international policy fora.

      Themes and issus addressed by the module will include:

      • Sexual subjectivities, intimate lives and global transformations
      • Heteronormativity in interntional development and health
      • HIV and AIDS: Epidemiology, anthropology and policy - contested engagements with sexual lives and 'key populations'
      • Citizenship, economies and queer abandonment
      • Sexuality, law and the state: Homonational contestations
      • UN agencies and (im)possible sexual subjects
      • Sexualities in transition: trans-subjectivites, trans-bodies and trans-nationalisms
      • Viral and virtual intimacies
      • Intimate economies: Sex work, sex and work
      • Collaborative action: working with NGOs on sexual rights and health
      • Creative engagement: visual ethnographic work on sexual life-worlds - globally
      • Advocacy and exclusions: Global dialogues, sexual rights, well-being and marginalisations 

      Sexual life-worlds are increasingly interpreted in relation to global flows and transitions. One way in which connections between global processes and sexualities are becoming ever-more visible is in relation to new imaginaries of sexual identity and subjectivity, as mediated through transnational media, new communication technologies and the global momentum of neo-liberal capital. International development and heath practices are closely associated with such social processes as they seek to respond to the changing and enduring attributes of sexual lives, practices and risks in the context of wider concerns for well-being. The module will respond to such concerns and seek to equip you with both theoretical and practice based frameworks for engaging with a range of themes and issues related to sexuality and development.

      The module will be interdisciplinary in focus, drawing more widely on literature from anthropology and the social sciences, international development, health, gender and sexuality studies. In particular the module will seek to explore a range of literatures comparatively, bringing theoretical perspectives on sexuality into dialogue with more practice-based literature, such as reports by UN agencies, NGOs and so on. Through class readings, and drawing on the experience of the tutor and your own experiences, the aim will be explore, contest and consider differing modes of engaging with sexualities on a global scale - as academics, health practioners, activists, development professionals and so on. The module will be taught via a combination of seminar-based readings and discussions, analysis of (ethnographic) film, reflexive class exercises and group presentations.

    • The Body: current controversies and debates

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The body has recently become a key focus for sociological theorising and research. Much of this work has focused on defining the body as a socially constructed phenomenon, and exploring how it is produced through various social and cultural practices and discourses, and categories such as gender, class, race and sexual orientation. However, the body is also highly politically charged; a key site at which oppression is meted out, and is a focus of regulation and governance at individual, group, national and international levels. Bodies, and particularly women's bodies, are also at the nexus of some of the most controversial debates of our time.  

      This module looks at the politics of the body from a sociological point of view, exploring themes of embodiment and power through a variety of controversial issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexual violence, sex work, abortion, cosmetic surgery and eugenics. You will think through various debates in relation to a broad canon of theories from feminism and sociology, around notions such as rights, bodily autonomy and integrity, structures and discourses, and the formation and regulation of identities. Gender will be a central thread throughout, and attention will be paid to how it intersects with other social categories such as class, 'race', sexual orientation, age, and (dis)ability.
       
       

    • Voices in the Archives: Writing from History

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In this module you will consider how writers draw on history to shape their creative writing.

      You will think about how different literary genres engage with the past through form, narrative and literary language, and look at the cultural impact of contemporary historical fiction. You will also consider work by poets and film-makers.

      Authors studied may include Sarah Waters, Ian McEwan, Toni Morrison, Hilary Mantel, David Dabydeen, Mario Petrucci, George Szirtes and Michel Hazanavicius.

      You will take part in creative workshops and develop key research skills, exploring the methodological implications of using physical and virtual archives.

      You will work with historical newspapers, letters, diaries, prints, photographs and other documents to experiment with using language from the past to inflect contemporary voices.

      Topics for discussion include the critical and ethical implications of writing about real historical events and characters. You will consider how contemporary writing is founded on a long tradition of writing from history, often re-visiting the past with a particular political or creative agenda, from Shakespeare and Dickens onwards.

      You'll also explore how recent historical fiction interacts with other genres, for example in the fantasies of Susanna Clarke and Angela Carter and consider theoretical work on memory and nostalgia by critics such as Mieke Bal and Svetlana Boym.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a subject relevant to the Masters degree

English language requirements

Higher level (IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Home: £7,700 per year

EU: £7,700 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £7,700 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Pakistan Scholarships

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex.


Faculty

You will be taught by faculty from the School of English and also by faculty from the School of Global Studies. 

The following list includes the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence faculty, as well as other contributors to the degree. 

  • Faculty profiles

    Dr Sara Jane Bailes
    Reader in Theatre & Performance Studies
    S.J.Bailes@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Theatre and performance studies

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    Dr Paul Boyce
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Inteal Development
    P.Boyce@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Anthropology and Queer Theory in India, Anthropology of Sexualities, Anthropology of the Body, Applied Anthropology, Bioavailability, HIV prevention research, International Development, Intimacy, Male and Transgender Sex Work, Male Sex work in SE Africa, Psycho-social and Psychoanalytic perspectives in Anthropology, Queer and Transgender Representation, Queer Theory, Sexual and gendered subjectivities, Sexuality and Law in Nepal, Visual Anthropology and Media

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    Dr Natalia Cecire
    Lecturer in English & American Literature
    N.Cecire@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: American Studies, English and American literature, Feminist theory, History and Philosophy of Science, Modern and contemporary American poetry

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    Prof Andrea Cornwall
    Professor of Anthropology and International Development
    A.Cornwall@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Brazil, democratisation, Empowerment, gender and development, Gender and Sexuality, Nigeria, participation, public engagement, Public health

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    Dr Denise Decaires Narain
    Senior Lecturer in English
    D.Decaires-Narain@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Caribbean women's writing

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    Dr Katherine Farrimond
    Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
    K.Farrimond@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: crime fictions, cultural studies, Feminist theory, Film, film noir, Gender and Sexuality, genre, girlhood, Gothic, horror, Media, Nostalgia, popular culture, representation, retro and vintage, science fiction, television, The body, virginity

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    Dr Catherine Grant
    Senior Lecturer In Film Studies
    C.Grant@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Audiovisual Essay, creative and critical practice, digital media, Film-based media (History, Theory & Practice), Found Footage Film, Gender and Sexuality, Hispanic, Portguese & Latin Studies, Media & Communication Studies, Media and film, Multimedia - video, psychoanalytic object relations theory, Publishing, Videographic Criticism

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    Dr Michael Lawrence
    Reader
    Michael.Lawrence@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Adaptation, animals and media, Bollywood, children and film, indian cinema, Stars and performance

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    Dr Alisa Lebow
    Reader In Film Studies
    A.S.Lebow@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Activism and Documentary, Documentary theory and practice, Experimental Documentary, First Person Film, Jewish Culture and Film, Queer and Transgender Representation, Revolution and Film, Turkish and Middle Eastern Documentary

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    Mr Andy Medhurst
    Senior Lecturer in Media, Film & Cultural Studies
    A.Medhurst@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Genre of comedy

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    Dr Sharif Mowlabocus
    Senior Lecturer Of Media Studies/DigitalMedia
    S.J.Mowlabocus@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: 'race' and class, Critical Digital Humanities, Digital Culture, digital embodiment, digital media, E-Health, Embodiment and Technologies, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Human Touch for ICT, Ideas of pornography, M-Health, Media & Communication Studies, Mobile Apps, Pornography, Queer and Transgender Representation, Queer Theory, representation

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    Dr Rachel O'Connell
    Lecturer In Post 1350 English Literature
    R.C.O-Connell@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: disability, Gender And Sexuality Studies, Queer studies, Queer Theory

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    Prof Kate O'Riordan
    Professor of Digital Culture
    K.ORiordan@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Biodigital Life, Bioinformatics, Critical Digital Humanities, Digital Arts History, Theory and Practice, Digital Culture, digital media, Feminist and qualitative research methods, Feminist theory, Genomics, Media & Communication Studies, Post-digital, Queer studies, Research Ethics, Science Studies

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    Dr Tanya Palmer
    Lecturer in Law
    T.Palmer@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Criminal law and criminal justice, Criminal law theory, Embodiment, feminist perspectives on law, Feminist theory, gender, Gender and Sexuality, gender-based violence, Research design and methodology, Sexual and gendered subjectivities, sexual violence, Socio Legal Studies

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    Prof Alison Phipps
    Professor of Gender Studies
    A.E.Phipps@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, higher education, Laddism, neoliberalism, political sociology, Rape, Reproductive Justice, Sex industry, Sex work, Sexual harassment, sexual violence

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    Dr Jason Price
    Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre and Performance
    J.Price@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Activist Performance, Aesthetics and Politics, Comedy, Contemporary Theatre, Dramaturgy, Marxism, Performance Histories, popular culture, Popular Theatre, Puppet Forms, Site-Specific and Public Art, Theatre and Community

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    Prof Lucy Robinson
    Professor in Collaborative History
    L.Robinson@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, British party politics, Cultural History, Digital history, Economic And Social History, Gender and Sexuality, Memory, pedagogy, Popular Music, Social identities, Trauma, War and the media, War Studies, Youth

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    Dr Luke Robinson
    Lecturer In Film Studies
    Luke.Robinson@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Chinese-language cinema, Documentary theory and practice, East Asian cultural studies, Film History, Theory and Criticism, Queer studies, Transnational cinema

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    Dr Samuel Solomon
    Lecturer in Creative and Critical Writing
    Samuel.Solomon@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Contemporary Poetry, Creative and critical writing, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Literary And Cultural Theory, Marxism, Modernist and contemporary writing, Print Culture

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    Dr Bethan Stevens
    Lecturer in English and Creative & Critical Writing
    B.K.Stevens@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Book Illustration, Creative and critical writing, Historical Fiction, Modernism, Museum Studies, popular culture, The History of Printmaking, The Long Nineteenth Century, The Novel, The Short Story, Victorian culture, Word and Image Theory

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    Ms Lizzie Thynne
    Reader in Film
    L.Thynne@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: art cinema, contemporary television, Cultural and Critical Theory, Documentary theory and practice, Experimental Documentary, Feminist Art History, Film drama, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Life writing, Queer studies, Television History, Theory and Criticism, Visual fields, women's liberation

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    Dr Francesco Ventrella
    Lecturer in Art History
    F.Ventrella@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: 20th Century Visual Culture, Affect Theory, Art Historiography, Art Theory & Aesthetics, Critical Theory, Cultural History, Feminist Art History, Gender and Sexuality, Modernism, Queer studies, Visual and Material Culture, Visual perception in the 19th century

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    Dr Mark Walters
    Reader in Criminal Law and CriminalJustice
    Mark.Walters@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Criminal justice reform, Criminal law and criminal justice, Criminology, hate crime, Restorative justice, sexual violence

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    Prof Cynthia Weber
    Professor of International Relations
    C.Weber@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: American Studies, citizenship, Critical Gender Studies, Feminist International Relations, Film and International Relations, Intervention, Poststructuralist International Relations, Queer International Relations, Sovereignty

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Careers

The MA is relevant to number of career directions, including:

  • policy, activism and international development, such as research and interventions in sexuality, rights and health
  • academic research related to queer studies in a wide range of fields, including literature, cultural studies, media studies, film studies, development, international relations and anthropology
  • teaching, including in higher education
  • media, writing and the arts, in particular queer representation, difference and diversity.

Graduate destinations

93% of students from the School of English were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to jobs including:

  • publications controller, Oxford University Press
  • web content developer, The British Library
  • bookshop manager, Waterstones.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work