Our 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 Essex.
We support work on:
- intimate life
- family practices
- patterns of family change
- critical engagement with epistemology and methodology
- sexuality and social theory.
We are committed to theory and empirical research within a global and
News and events
Sexualities journal online
The current issue of the
Sexualities journal is available to read online. This special
edition focuses on queer migrations, asylum and displacement. Articles
include topics such as border crossings and shifting sexualities among
Mexican gay immigrant men by Hector Carrillo and Jorge Fontdevila and
gender and cultural silences in the political asylum process, by Amy
Shuman and Carol Bohmer.
CISC provides an interdisciplinary space for cutting edge theory and
research on contemporary intimate life, with particular reference to
families, relationships and sexuality. The Centre’s focus explores the
complex interplay between equality, intimate life and public identities,
- reproductive rights
- LGBT rights
- blended families
- the sexualisation of culture
- migration and belonging
Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society (published by Sage)
is based at the Centre.
Intimate citizenship and sexuality studies
Current Essex scholars are specialists in the study of intimate life,
exploring family practices, relationships and sexuality. The Centre’s
members have a global perspective, doing research in societies in
different regions of the globe. They are experts in drawing out the
significance of private intimacies for public life.
The Centre also develops the
Department of Sociology’s rich tradition of sexuality studies. Much
pioneering research on sexualities and intimate life originated at Essex
in the early 1970s. Leading scholars such as
Ken Plummer, Mary McIntosh and Tony Coxon transformed the field of
sexualities, producing classic texts such as
Intimate Citizenship: Private Decisions and Public Dialogues
This tradition continues with the current members of the Centre, who
do a range of work engaged with intimacy, equality and citizenship.
The journal Sexualities
(SEX) is bi-monthly and is now indexed in ISI. It covers a vast array of
interdisciplinary topics including the stratification of sexualities by
class, race, gender and age and also covers Queer theory and lesbian and
Its broad scope combines sexualized identities, globalization,
pornography and mass media communication. Fully peer-reviewed, it is
methodologically inclusive and genuinely international.
Read the current
issue of Sexualities.
Our regular seminars are fortnightly every Wednesday, 1-2pm in room
6.345 and provide a forum for presentation and discussion of new research.
Podcasts of our seminars
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