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Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture (CSSC)

The CSSC is the first research facility in the UK to focus exclusively on the interrelationships of sexuality, gender, culture, and history.

With affiliated staff drawn from disciplines across the University, the Centre fosters pioneering scholarship that challenges current understandings of sexuality and gender.

Research areas

CSSC researchers are setting the research agenda in sexuality studies by exploring new paradigms and theoretical approaches in the following areas:

  • Queer historiography and temporalities
  • Formations of subjectivity, including race, ethnicity and class
  • Cultural identities, production and theory
  • Post-gay cultures
  • Norms and normativities
  • Bodies and technology
  • Same-sex intimacies
  • Queer visualities
  • Queer cosmopolitanism

CSSC runs an innovative master's course, and sponsors frequent lecture series, seminars and conferences.

Postgraduate courses

Our innovative MA is designed specifically for students interested in investigating gender and sexuality.

Academic co-directors

Dr David Alderson

David Alderson is Senior Lecturer in English and American Studies, and has written widely about the neoliberalism, gender and sexuality.

He is currently working on a book provisionally called From Sexual Liberation to the Postgay: Capitalism, Hegemony and Subculture.

Professor Laura Doan

Laura Doan is Professor of Cultural History and Sexuality Studies.  

She is author of Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality and Women's Experience of Modern War (2013) and Fashioning Sapphism: The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Culture (2001).