Virginia joined the Media Department at Middlesex University in 2007. Virginia has a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London and is author of the book Film Distribution in the Digital Age: Pirates and Professionals (Forthcoming, Palgrave).
Virginia's research concerns examining new developments in the dissemination of media content. In particular, she is interested in how legal and illegal forms of film distribution interact and influence one another. Virginia is the principle investigator on the AHRC Networking Grant, Besides the Screen. This grant has allowed the continuation of her work as one of the co-founders of the Besides the Screen research group.
Virginia was recently interviewed for the KZSU-FM (Stanford University) radio interview show and podcast Hearsay Culture. The interview was broadcast on May 22nd 2013 and can be listened to at http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/podcasts/20130523-Levin_185-Crisp.mp3. Virginia was also recently interviewed about her research by Professor Toby Miller for his cultural studies podcast.
In 2013, Virginia was the co-organiser of Red Minies, a short film festival organised by current and ex-Middlesex University students in association with Talkies Community Cinema and the Palmers Green Festival.
PhD in Media and Communications (Goldsmiths, University of London)
PGCert in the Management of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Goldsmiths, University of London)
MA in Film Studies (UCL, University of London)
BA in Social and Cultural Studies with Film Studies (University of Nottingham)
Dr Crisp teaches students across the Media department. Currently, she teaches on the following modules:
MDA3300 - Virginia designed this 3rd year module to enable BA Film students to reflect upon the place of film within the cultural industries. Through an in-depth examination of issues such as copyright, piracy, film distribution, exhibition, and new media convergence, students consider how they might forge their own careers within the wider film industry.
MED2000 - this 2nd year module forms a core part of the curriculum for students on degrees in journalism, advertising, media & cultural studies and publishing.
Broadly speaking, Virginia's research considers the dissemination of media texts. In particular, her research interests include film distribution, filesharing, piracy, the cultural industries, ethnography and online research methods. In the past her research has focused on the relationship between formal and informal networks for the distribution of East Asian films. Some of her more recent research considers the relationship between fandom and piracy.
Virginia is the co-organiser (with Dr. Gabriel Menotti Gonring) of the Besides the Screen (www.bts.re) conferences, screenings and workshops at Goldsmiths, University of London in December 2012 & November 2010. These events were supported by the London Screen Studies Group, the Goldsmiths Graduate School & Middlesex University. Dr. Crisp and Dr. Menotti Gonring are currently planning the third Besides the Screen event in association with The University of São Paulo (USP) and Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES) to be hosted jointly in São Paulo and Vitória, Brazil in August 2014. Her work with the Besides the Screen group seeks to examine those practices that exist besides the screen in order to consider the ways in which the creation, dissemination and exhibition of audio-visual materials are evolving.
Dr Crisp is interested in supervising postgraduate research about the distribution and consumption of media forms. She is particularly interested in supervising students working on piracy, filesharing and film distribution.
Recent Conference Papers
'Collective Modification: Subbing, Cutting and Reviewing Films in Filesharing Communities' (invited speaker) Screen Studies Group Post Graduate Training Day – From Montage to Mash-ups, 26 October 20313, Senate House, University of London, UK.
'New Gatekeepers?: Power and Influence in Online Film Filesharing Forums' (invited speaker) World Cinema on Demand: Film Distribution and Education in the Era of Streaming Media, 19 September 2013, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
'Whose Copy is this?: Filesharers, ownership and (co-) creation' Making and Sharing Conference on Audience Creativity, 4 – 5 July 2013, Lumiere Cinema, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
'Kim Dotcom's Mega: Political Activism or Self-Promotion' Media in Transition 8: public media, private media, 3-5 May 2013, MIT, Boston: MA, USA
'Access and Power: Film Distribution, Disintermediation and Digital Piracy' (invited speaker) plenary address at the University of Udine Gorizia International Film Studies Spring School, 19 – 29 March 2013, Gorizia, Italy. 'Pirates and Professionals: The Attitudes of Filesharers to Film Distribution Companies' (invited speaker) paper presented at a Symposium on the Distribution and Exhibition of Chinese and Asian Cinema in the UK, 28 – 29 March 2012, Cornerhouse, Manchester.
AHRC Networking Grant - £43,334 (May 2014 - April 2016)
The main aim of the Besides the Screen Network is to reconfigure the field of screen studies by refocusing it on those objects, processes and practices that exist besides the screen. Thus, the area of enquiry is broad and aims to bring together questions regarding institutional processes of distribution, marketing and exhibition within enquiries into practices of projection, archiving and curating with new methods of research such as media archaeology. Thus, the aim is to open film and screen studies up to new methods and objects, as well as intensifying the dialogue with other disciplines and practices. In doing so, the Besides the Screen network attempts to understand the continuing transformation of audiovisual media practices. Through workshops, symposia and conference sessions the network will forge links between academics, artists and professionals to refocus film and screen studies on those objects and practices that exist besides the Screen. The project aims to explore the shifting practices and cultures of different forms and events of cinema that exist beside and between screens. In particular it intends to break and reframe the traditional understanding of cinema as collective experience and its institutionalized framework of distributing, displaying and working with images that move. In a constant ever-changing field of audiovisual practices, the network aims to create a new area of research that expands upon and sheds light on processes largely ignored from traditional film and screen studies. The project intends to explore new threads of connections, debate and collaborations within a network of participants, such as students, academics, artists, media labs, and cultural institutions.