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 particularly 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 one of the co-founders of the Besides the Screen research group and in this capacity she has organised a series of conferences at Goldsmiths, University of London. The 2014 Besides the Screen conference is due to be held in Sao Paolo in August 2014 in association with the University of São Paulo and the Federal University of Espírito Santo, Vitória, Brazil. Details of previous and upcoming Besides the Screen Events can be found here:

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 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.

MCS3100 - This 3rd year module introduces the students to various issues surrounding consumption and identity (Bourdieu, postmodernism, branding, ethical consumption) and requires them to conduct their own small-scale piece of ethnographic research.

Broadly speaking, Virginia's research considers the dissemination of media texts. In particular, 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 ( 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.

Research Publications

Of proprietors and poachers: fandom as negotiated brand ownership

Crisp, Virginia and Hickman, Jon and Janes, Stephanie and McCulloch, Richard (2013) Of proprietors and poachers: fandom as negotiated brand ownership. Participations, 10 (1). pp. 319-328. ISSN 1749-8716

To name a thief: constructing the deviant pirate

Crisp, Virginia (2014) To name a thief: constructing the deviant pirate. In: Piracy: leakages from modernity. Arvanitakis, James and Fredriksson, Martin , eds. Litwin Books. ISBN 9781936117598 (In Press)

BLOODY PIRATES!!! *shakes fist*: re-imagining East Asian film distribution and reception through online filesharing networks

Crisp, Virginia (2012) BLOODY PIRATES!!! *shakes fist*: re-imagining East Asian film distribution and reception through online filesharing networks. Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 3 (1). p. 65. ISSN 1756-4905