Centre

Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship

Part of Department of Sociology

We continue the long tradition of research on sexualities, intimate life and equalities at Essex

Our Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship (CISC) was established in October 2009. We are committed to theory and empirical research within a global and interdisciplinary perspective.

CISC provides an interdisciplinary space for cutting edge theory and research on contemporary intimate life, with particular reference to families, relationships and sexuality. We provide an interdisciplinary space for cutting edge theory and research on contemporary intimate life, with particular reference to families, relationships and sexuality.

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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 gay studies.

Its broad scope combines sexualised identities, globalisation, pornography and mass media communication. Fully peer-reviewed, it is methodologically inclusive and genuinely international.

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.

Intimate citizenship and sexuality studies

Current Essex scholars are specialists in the study of intimate life, exploring family practices, relationships and sexuality. Our 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 for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship 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 (2003).

This tradition continues with the current members of the Centre, who do a range of work engaged with intimacy, equality and citizenship.


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Postgraduate study modules from the Centre

Culture and Intimacy: The main aim of the course is to consider the sociologically significant developments around the study of gender, sexuality and intimacy.

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Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship   University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
Department of Sociology University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873333