Virginia Crisp joined Coventry University as Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications in October 2014 having previously been Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, London. Virginia has a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London, an MA in Film Studies from UCL and a BA (Hons) in Social and Cultural Studies with Film Studies from the University of Nottingham.
Virginia is one of the founding members and co-organisers of the Besides the Screen Network (http://www.besidesthescreen.com/) that brings together academics, filmmakers, artists and industry professionals from across the globe to consider the transformation of audiovisual media practices. This project formed the basis for an AHRC Networking Grant that particularly focuses on building links between the UK and Brazil. This grant has provided partial funding for the 3rd biannual Besides the Screen Conference – hosted jointly by the University of São Paulo (USP) and the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES) in August 2014 – and a series of events in both London and Brazil on the topics of media piracy, curating screens and practices of projection. Virginia is also a member of the Piracy Lab (http://www.piracylab.com/), an international research network concerned with analysing the way media piracy affects contemporary society.