The Sexual Cultures Research Group was founded in 2016 as an initiative led by academics in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

The research group actively fosters and develops cross-disciplinary conversations about methodologies, representations, texts and practices related to sex, sexuality, gender, and their intimate and public cultures.

In conceiving of ‘sexual cultures’, we are committed to thinking about sexuality in relation to other identity-forming discourses, including but not limited to race and ethnicity, class, ability, gender, and trans lives and experiences.

We meet for closed reading groups for the steering committee and academic group members, as well as lively public events that provide spaces for reflection on the complexities of sexuality and its cultures.

To date, the Sexual Cultures Research Group — aka SexCult — has hosted lectures, presentations and provocations by Sara Ahmed, Neil Bartlett, Cassils, Lisa Downing, David Getsy, Saleem Haddad, Juliet Jacques, Del LaGrace Volcano, Heather Love, and more.

Steering committee

  • Dr. Nadia Atia
  • Professor Dominic Johnson
  • Dr. Sam McBean

Academic group members

  • Dr. Clio Doyle
  • Professor Jen Harvie
  • Dr. Kit Heyam
  • Professor Catherine Maxwell
  • Professor Scott McCracken
  • Dr. Hannah Silva
  • Dr. Isabel Waidner

In memoriam: Professor Catherine Silverstone was an active, co-founding member of the Sexual Cultures Research Group. She passed away on 4 October 2020.