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Dr Virginia Crisp

Dr Virginia Crisp

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Deputy Head of Department, Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI) and Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries

Research subject areas

  • Culture
  • Media

Contact details


Virginia joined CMCI at King’s in 2016. She previously worked at Coventry University as the Course Director for the BA in Media and Communications and Middlesex University as a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies.

Virginia is the co-founder (with Dr Gabriel Menotti Gonring) of the Besides the Screen Network (, a network that brings together academics, filmmakers, artists and industry professionals from across the globe to consider the transformation of audiovisual media practices. She is also the Principal Investigator on the AHRC networking grant attached to this project.

Virginia is a member of the Piracy Lab, an international research network concerned with analysing the way media piracy affects contemporary society.

Virginia has an MA in Film Studies from UCL and completed her doctoral work on the distribution of East Asian cinema in the UK at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2012.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Media distribution
  • Copyright infringement (media piracy)
  • Media Industries
  • Gatekeepers and Cultural Intermediaries
  • Media audiences and fandom

Virginia’s research concerns the changing modes and mechanisms of media distribution: both legal/illegal and formal/informal. She is particularly interested in how issues of access, ownership, participation and control are enacted within both traditional and new media contexts. Her monograph, Film Distribution in the Digital Age: Pirates and Professionals (Palgrave: 2015) investigates the relationship between formal and informal methods of film distribution with a particular focus on film piracy.

Virginia welcomes PhD students related to any of her research interests. For more details, please see her full research profile.


2016 - Awarded a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

2010 - Awarded Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Learning and Teaching at Goldsmiths, University of London

Expertise and Public Engagement

Virginia has spoken at conferences across the globe but in her work with the Besides the Screen Network ( she has particularly collaborated with artists, curators and academics in Brazil. She has organised events workshops, screenings and conferences in Brazil in conjunction with the University of São Paulo (USP), the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) and the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES)

Media Appearances:

May 2013 - interview for the KZSU-FM (Stanford University) radio interview show and podcast Hearsay Culture (available for download at

December 2012 - interviewed by Professor Toby Miller for the cultural studies podcast. Available at: