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Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities

Past Events

Next Wednesday (8th February) at St Aidan's College the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities (CSGS) will be hosting our next Afterwork. This will feature a panel and a discussion on Gender, Sexuality, Disability and Neurodiversity. Free food and drinks will be provided. We have some great guest speakers planned so we hope you can make it. If you have any questions please drop myself ( or Marie ( an email. You can find the event on Facebook here "

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The Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities hosts a wide range of events throughout the year, including reading groups, seminars, guest lectures and the annual lecture.


The Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities held its second annual postgraduate summer workshop on Wednesday 5th June 2013. Keynote lectures were given from Professor Wendy Chapkis and Professor James Messerschmidt, both from the University of Maine. Professor Chapkis presented her research on the gender politics of the marijuana reform movement, highlighting the enduring sexism by demonstrating the divergence between the presentation of women in adverts and campaign posters from the realities of the bodies, experiences and needs of women within the movement. Presenting a feminist socialist critique of the marijuana movement, Professor Chapkis called for a distinctly local feminist marijuana reform movement. In the second address, Professor Messerschmidt presented an overview of masculinities theories and how there is a need to understand masculinities at local, institituaional and international levels. Drawing from his own research projects, he argued for particular directions on masculinities research in the future. 

There followed methodological workshops from the two speakers, as well as one from CSGS's Professor Maggie O'Neill on innovative visual methodologies. After lunch, the formal part of the day concluded with presentations from postgraduate students and academics. The Summer School finished with a poetry slam featuring some of the best performers in the North East. 


Sex and Desire across the Disciplines: A CSGS Postgraduate Summer Workshop

The Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities held its inaugural postgraduate summer workshop on Thursday 26th June 2012 at St. Aidan's College entitled 'Sex and Desire across the Disciplines: A CSGS Postgraduate Summer Workshop'. Participants heard from five different speakers in the morning mini-plenary sessions with a working lunch led by Sally Brown being provided, making for lots of lively debate and discussion. The two afternoon sessions saw the delegates breaking off into five smaller groups each one containing focused debate with a different speaker on the range of topics detailed below:

All who attended then participated in a final plenary led by the Director of the Centre, Professor Jo Phoenix, entitled 'Sex-As-Leisure? Sex-As-Pleasure? Consumer Culture and Commercial Sex'.

Those who attended all commented on how engaging and inspiring the workshop had been with a selection of feedback comments being shown below:

"I loved that the event included topics across a range of disciplines. I was pleased to discover I knew some general theorists who were referenced and applied in new ways and in unfamiliar disciplines."


"I enjoyed that participants were from different disciplines, it was useful to actually have an event specifically for Gender Studies. This allowed me to see my own project in a different way and pick up many tips/references for further research."


"Very interesting and varied topics, very approachable academic leads. A great opportunity to apply own research themes to different topics."

Jo Phoenix on the creation of the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities

"The Centre for Sex, Gender, and Sexualities will be unique in the UK, so its creation is a break-through moment both for queer studies nationally and for the University. The Centre is going to shape, inform and influence the often contentious debates surrounding sexuality, gender, identity, equality and politics, while the fact that it is being created by what some might regard as a more traditional, establishment university shows how forward-thinking Durham really is."

Shape. Inform. Influence.