Mark S. Bonham Centre for
Sexual Diversity Studies

Mission Statement

The mission of the Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies (SDS) is to explore, analyze, and challenge the ways in which sexuality shapes people’s lives by advancing new forms of interdisciplinary knowledge that connect academic learning to both local and global, present and historical problems and contexts. We believe that sexuality—at the intersections of race, class, gender, disability, and citizenship status, among other things—not only saturates many aspects of social and political life but actively determines what gets to count as social and political life in the first place. This creates different forms of structural inequality in education, cultural production, scientific research, the workforce, law, immigration, and the practices of everyday life. We are committed to situating these struggles squarely in the histories and on-going processes of colonization in Canada and beyond, and, in turn, to creating an intellectual community in which to imagine and enact decolonizing and concrete social change through our pedagogy, research, and public engagement. Thus our goal is to provide vibrant interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and programming on the historical and contemporary formations of sexual practice and to foster critical conversations and analyses of queer and normative sexualities; the formation of sexual, racial, and gender, and gender-non-conforming personhood; and the role of sexuality in culture and politics both in North America and transnationally.