CISC provides an interdisciplinary space for cutting edge theory and research on contemporary intimate life, with particular reference to families, relationships and sexuality.
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 , 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.
"CISC brings together exciting research from internationally renowned scholars and provides an intellectual and pedagogical resources for staff and students. It continues the tremendous tradition at Essex of pioneering work in the field of gender, intimacy and equality. CISC is committed to an intersectional feminist approach to the analysis of intimate life."
This project explores the experiences of shame, pride or protest amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) relationship partners around ‘holding hands’ in public.