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Sex, gender and sexualities news and events throughout the year



The first in a series of three SGS workshops, dedicated to facilitating communication and collaboration for future funding applications.

In this first workshop, the speakers will share their experiences of successful bidding and participants will have the opportunity to discuss ideas for future applications.

Join us on Wednesday 25th May, 1-3pm (GMT) in 23AP02 

The three speakers include:

  • Head of the Guildford School of Acting, Dr Catherine Mcnamara
  • Wellcome Trust University Award Research Fellow, Dr David Griffiths
  • Social Psychology Lecturer, Dr Fabio Fasoli

This is a hybrid event and a Microsoft Teams link will be made available to all attendees who wish to attend remotely. 

Please follow this link to EventBrite to register.

Past Events


An online series of interdisciplinary conversations and events.

What histories of sex, gender and sexuality have been witnessed, archived and transmitted? What work do we need to do in the present to witness new futures of sex, gender and sexuality?

All these free events will feature live BSL interpreters and captioning.

Booking is essential; registration links and more info are on and our Twitter @futuresextweets.


9th February 5-7PM (GMT) – Witnessing Bodies: Launch and live online life drawing

Diversity awareness trainer and model Leo Aces Collins and life drawing groupBreakfast Bodies will lead us through an informal life drawing session. No special skills or equipment required!

16th February 4:30-6PM (GMT) – Archives, Museums and Spaces

We are thrilled to be joined by an incredible list of individuals representing institutions and projects running in the UK around archiving and making space for histories and futures of sex, gender and sexuality.

Guests include:

23rd February 4:30-6:30 (GMT) – Intersex Activism, Intersex Culture, and Intersex Joy

Intersex activist Valentino Vecchietti will lead a conversation around histories and futures of intersex activism, asking questions about the role of culture in preserving histories, but also in making space for futures of intersex joy.

Guests include:

2nd March early evening (time TBD) – In conversation with Kiran Millwood Hargrave

We will be joined by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, award-winning author of The Mercies (2020), for a conversation about her work, particularly how she approaches gender in her writing.

There will be readings and a Q&A.

9th March early evening (time TBD) – Grand Finale with Pecs Drag Kings

Putting the wit in witnessing, we are over the moon to end our series of events with a live recording of the Drag King Cast, from Pecs Drag Kings

More details coming soon, but this will be a fantastic end to our series of events!

Tell your friends, spread the word! Any questions, drop us a line at

With thanks to the University of Surrey and the Wellcome Trust.


An Evening with Angela Chadwick, 5 March 2020 Waterstones, Guildford

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, SGS welcomed the author Angela Chadwick, winner of the Polari prize (2019), to a public event held at Waterstones, Guildford. Chadwick’s thought-provoking novel explores what happens when a ground-breaking clinical trial enables two women to have a baby, and Chadwick discussed the implications of this scenario and the popular reception of it in conversation with Surrey’s Peter Hegarty, Professor of Psychology. Chadwick also read an extract from her book and took questions from the audience. The event was the first of what we hope will be many future collaborations between Waterstones and SGS.

Arts and Social Sciences Festival of Research 2020

The University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences held its fourth annual Festival of Research on 23 January.
A celebration of collaboration across the university’s many schools and departments, the festival showcased innovative, interdisciplinary research through an exciting mix of discussion panels and presentations.

Members of SGS who contributed were Dr David Griffiths, Professor Andrew King, and Professor Patricia Pulham.


The festival was free to attend and open to the public, offering opportunities to ignite ideas for collaboration across the University and local community.


The SGS launch event, 10 July 2019, University of Surrey 

The launch marked the formation of the newly formed, multidisciplinary group of researchers from across the University of Surrey and provided a space to showcase the diverse range of research areas we cover in this field. The event brought together researchers, activists, charities, policy makers and representatives from cultural industries to discuss existing SGS projects and to facilitate opportunities to build new collaborations. We shared our research and discussed ideas with you.

Planned programme included:

  • Introduction to the SGS research group – its aims and planned activities
  • Paired testimonials – a panel conversation where SGS members and their collaborative research partners discuss their projects, what they learned and how they worked together with audience questions and contributions welcomed.
  • Themed discussions – a round table networking activity to explore future collaborations
  • Poetry reading by Stephen Mooney

Followed by a wine reception with opportunity for further exchanges.