Dr Toni Sant
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Reader in Digital Curation
Director of Research
Dr Toni Sant has lectured about performance and creative
technologies at the University of Malta, Adelphi University, and
New York University. He has also worked as broadcaster, theatre
director, and musician in Malta, Italy, England, Germany, and the
USA. He was trained in radio production by the BBC, graduated B.A.
(Hons) first class in Theatre Studies at the University of Malta,
and holds a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York
He is the author of a book about Franklin Furnace, a
New York-based avant-garde arts presenter established since 1976.
The book is called Franklin Furnace & the Spirit
of the Avant-Garde: A History of the Future (Intellect -
University of Chicago Press, 2011). He is now working on two books:
Remember Rediffusion in Malta (forthcoming from Midsea
Books - Malta in 2015) and Documenting Performance: On
the Context and Processes of Digital Curation and
Archiving (contracted with Bloomsbury Methuen for
2015 manuscript submission - 2016 publication).
His writings on performance and the new media have appeared in
TDR: Journal of Performance Studies, the Washington Square News,
Leonardo, The Encyclopedia of Politics, The Dictionary of Literary
Biography, and the International Journal of Performance Arts &
Digital Media, among others.
Dr Sant is the co-convener of the working group on
Documenting Performance of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research
Association), and co-founder of the Eurovision Research
Network. He is also the founder and creative director of the
MaltaMedia Online Network, executive editor of the Applied and Interactive Theatre
Guide, and book reviews editor for the International Journal of
Performance Arts & Digital Media.
Since 2013 he is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education
Academy, and Education Organiser for Wikimedia UK.
Current research development revolves around a collaborative
multimedia database of Maltese music and associated arts at
the University of Hull's Media and Memory Research
Dr Sant teaches across all the subject areas in the School of
Arts and New Media. He has designed and coordinated modules on
Performance and Creative Technologies Collaboration, which are
offered to students in Creative Music Technology, Digital Media and
Theatre & Performance. He developed the department's
interdisciplinary BA (Hons) in Media Performance and
teaches various core modules for students on that course, as well
as Psychology of Internet Behaviour for Digital Media students,
Film and the Moving Image to students in English, Applied and
Interactive Theatre 2 to students in Theatre & Performance. He
also contributes to other modules across the School of Arts and New
On the postgraduate level, Dr Sant created the module
Performance in Digital Environments and is also involved in the
delivery of Digital Media Management. He supervises
dissertations and final projects for students from both
undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses in the School of Arts
and New Media. Postgraduate research proposals in his areas of
expertise are always welcome.
- Histories of Live Art
- Documenting Performance
- Applied & Interactive Theatre
- Socio-cultural aspects of new media, particularly in
- Digital Curation and Preservation
- Uses of the Internet in/for performance
- Franklin Furnace & the Spirit of the
Avant-Garde: A History of the Future (Intellect - University
of Chicago Press, 2011)
- Remembering Rediffusion in Malta: A History
Without Future Midsea Books - Malta, 2015 forthcoming)
Other Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications:
- Towards a comprehensive catalogue of Maltese music CDs in
Do It Yourself, Do It Together: Preserving Popular Music
Heritage edited by Sarah Baker: Routledge: London and New
- The Social Media Handbook edited by Jeremy Hunsinger and
Theresa M. Senft. (Routledge: London and New York, 2014) pp.
- Artist-run Spaces edited by Gabriele Detterer and
Maurizio Nannucci. (JRP/Ringer: Zürich 2013) pp.132-154
(co-author: Martha Wilson)
"Theatrical performance on the Internet: How far have we come
since Hamnet?." International Journal of Performance Arts and
Digital Media 9.2 (2013): pp.247-259.
'Colonn` Mediterranea' + ' Simon's Pub' in Shooting Society:
Photographic Essays; edited by Carmel Borg and Raphael Vella.
Midsea Books: Malta. 2012
'A Long Conversation With Martha Wilson' in Martha
Wilson Sourcebook: 40 Years of Reconsidering Feminism, Performance,
Alternative Spaces; edited by Kate Fowle and Moira Roth;
Independent Curators Inc.: New York; pp. 201-223.
- "Initial Work on the Malta Music Memory Project–and its
connections with Oral History." Journal of Maltese History
2 (2011): pp. 42-50.
- Addressing the Need for a Collaborative Database of Maltese
Music in Journal of Music, Technology & Education Vol.
2, No. 3, May 2010.
- Growing up in a Global Village: Young People and the Internet
in Malta in Exploring the Maltese Media Landscape edited
by J. Borg, M.A. Lauri, & A. Hillman. (Malta: Allied
Publications, 2009) pp. 51-61.
- Performance in Second Life: Some Possibilities for Learning
and Teaching in Learning and Teaching in the Virtual World of
Second Life edited by J. Molka-Danielsen & M. Deutschmann.
(Norway: Tapir Academic Press, 2009) pp. 145-166.
- A Second Life for Online Performance: understanding present
developments through an historical context in International Journal
of Performance Arts & Digital Media Vol. 4, No.1, May
2008, pp. 69-79.
- Eric Bogosian entry in The Dictionary of Literary Biography:
Twentieth-Century American Dramatists, Vol. 341, 2008. pp.
- Rape, Murder and Suicide Are Easier When You Use a Keyboard
Shortcut: Mouchette, an On-Line Virtual Character co-written with
Manthos Santorineos in Leonardo: The Journal of the International
Society of Arts, Sciences and Technology Vol. 38, No. 3, June 2005,
- Martha Wilson & Franklin Furnace: on a mission to make the
world safe for avant-garde art in The Drama Review 49 (1) pp.
29-35, 55-59, 80-85, 104-110.
- Changing Spaces: Galinsky and the Virtual Furnace in The Drama
Review 49 (1) pp. 86-93.
- Protests in The Encyclopedia of Politics Vol. 1 edited by R.P.
Carlisle (Sage Publishing: 2005).
- Tadashi Suzuki & The Shizuoka Theatre Company in The Drama
Review 47 (3) Fall 2003. pp. 147-158
- Two Hundred Years of Colonial Laughter in Malta: Carnival and
Pantomime in Malta Under British Rule co-written with Vicki Ann
Cremona in Comedy, Fantasy and Colonialism edited by
G. Harper (London & New York: Continuum, 2002) pp.
Current and Recent Postgraduate Research Students:
Research Topic - Exploring
Legacy in Digital Curation Through a Cities of Culture
Knowledge Exchange Network
Research Topic - Recovering, Preserving and Disseminating Maltese
Research Topic - When 'Hello'
Is Not Enough: An analysis of the shifting behaviour of Smart
phone users related to interpersonal conversation in
Research Topic - Blogging as a Disruption and Renegotiation of
Hegemony in Malta: A hyperlocal study
Research Topic - Curating Online News Through Facebook
Research Topic -
Strategies for Nurturing Online Communities of Practice: The M3P
Rebecca O'Neill (recipient of a 2013 University
of Hull Doctoral Scholarship)
Research Topic - The Rise of the Citizen Curator