Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship (CISC)
was established in October 2009 and continues the long tradition of research on
sexualities, intimate life and equalities at the University of Essex.
About the centre
Much pioneering research on sexualities and intimate life originated at Essex
in the early 1970's, which has always been to the forefront of work on lesbian
and gay studies, qualitative research methodologies, intimate relationships, and
sexuality and social theory.
Leading scholars such as
Mary McIntosh and Tony Coxon transformed the field of sexualities, producing
classic texts such as
The Making of the Modern Homosexual (1981) and The Homosexual Role
(1967). Ken Plummer is the founding editor of the leading journal
Sexualities: Studies in Culture
and Society, which is based at Essex, and author of
Intimate Citizenship: Private Decisions and Public Dialogues (2003).
This rich tradition continues with the establishment of the Centre for
Intimate and Sexual Citizenship, which takes this legacy forward to provide a
space for cutting edge theory and research on intimate and sexual citizenship.
Regular seminars provide a forum for presentation and discussion of new
Prof David Morgan - Morgan Centre for the Study of
Relationships and Personal Life, University of Manchester
Dr. Peter Jackson - Division of Pacific and Asian History,
Australian National University
- Dr. Jon Binnie
- Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences,
Manchester Metropolitan University
Barbara Hobson - Department of Sociology, Stockholm
The Centre will continue to support work on:
- intimate life, including;
- family practices;
- patterns of family change;
- critical engagement with epistemology and methodology; and
- sexuality and social theory.
The Centre maintains a commitment to theory and empirical research within a
global and interdisciplinary perspective.
- Ryan-Flood, R. & Gill, R. (Eds.) (2009)
Secrecy and Silence in the Research Process, Routledge
- Ryan-Flood, R. (2009)
Lesbian Motherhood: Gender, Families and Sexual Citizenship,
- Porfido, G. & Ryan-Flood, R. (Eds.) (2009) Intimate Visions:
Sexuality, Representation and Visual Culture, in
Sexualities: studies in culture and society. 12(2).
- Ryan-Flood, R. & Rooke, A. (Eds.) (2009) Que(e)rying
Methodology: Lessons and Dilemmas from Lesbian Lives, in
Journal of Lesbian Studies. 13(2).
- Ryan-Flood, R. (2005)
Contested Heteronormativities: discourses of fatherhood among
lesbian parents in Sweden and Ireland, in Sexualities:
Studies in Culture and Society, 8(2): 189-204.
- Plummer, K (2003)
Intimate Citizenship: Private Decisions and Public Dialogues,
University of Washington Press