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Dr Margherita Sprio studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths (University of London) and The Slade School of Art (University College London) and then worked for a time showing her work internationally before going on to gain her PhD at Goldsmiths. She moved from making photographic and film works to writing and teaching about film and visual culture. She joined University of Westminster in 2011 and has previously taught at a number of institutions including Birkbeck College, Goldsmiths, Middlesex University, Central St Martins and most recently University of Essex.

Dr Sprio has also worked as a Script Reader (Renaissance Film &Theatre Production Company), Artist's Assistant (Luis Camitzer & Judith Barry, New York/London), Curator ( The Meyer Gallery, London), Screening and Film Programming Consultant (Firstsite Contemporary Art Gallery, Colchester), and sits on various Advisory Boards.

She has been external examiner at Chelsea School of Art, University of the Arts, London BA Fine Art (Critical Theory) (2011-14) and at Middlesex University (2008-12) for various BA Art and Design Courses. Previously she was External Examiner at Goldsmiths for MA Contemporary Art Theory, MA Aural & Visual Cultures and MA Researching Architectures (Department of Visual Cultures, 2005-09).

She has also sat on various external validation committees most recently at Plymouth University, Goldsmiths and Central St Martins - University of the Arts, London.

Dr Sprio has delivered numerous conference papers both nationally and internationally and regularly contributes to public lectures.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Molteplici Culture. Museo del Folklore, Rome, Italy. (Represented UK with Willie Doherty, Damien Hirst and Liam Gillick). (1992)


Dr Margherita Sprio teaches on Film Production BA Honours, Film and TV MA and supervises PhD students (see Research section).


Dr Margherita Sprio works on film practice and theory as well as the relationship of film theory to photography, contemporary art and philosophy. Her particular research interests relate to the politics of cinema and art, globalisation and diaspora, cultural/sexual difference and transnationalism.

Her current book project, Migrant Memories: Cultural History, Cinema and the Italian Post-War Diaspora in Britain(Peter Lang, 2013), focuses on the relationship between film, cultural memory, and migrant audience consumption. Chapters explore, for example, the 1950s popular melodramas by filmmaker Matarazzo and the impact of his work on the subsequent Diaspora Italian communities in Britain; the consumption of Italian American cinema by second and third generation British Italians, and how this impacts on their sense of place and identity.

She has also written about Iranian cinema, realism, performance, and film history.

She would welcome PhD applications that address any of the above-described areas.

PhD students

Completed PhD Students -

Dr John Fox (AHRC, University of Essex)

Profane Illuminations: Creolisation and Disenchantment in the Work of Andy Warhol 

- 2011

Dr Matthew Hughes

Kenneth Anger and the Sixties Politics of Consciousness - 2012

Dr Elzbieta Buslowska

Reclaiming the Image. Béla Tarr's World of 'Inhuman' Becoming. An Artistic and Philosophical Enquiry - 2013

Dr Kevin Carter

Expanding Community Art Practice:  An Analysis of New Forms of Productive Site Within Community Art Practice - 2013

Dr Sarah Pucill (PhD by Publication)

Asserting the Feminine: The Female Body, the Female Gaze and Female or Lesbian Sexuality - 2014

David Bovey (MPhil)

The Artist Biopic:  A Historical Analysis of Narrative Cinema, 1934-2010 (part-time) - 2014

Dr Francis Joe Palmer

The Work of Art in Walter Benjamin’s Die Aufgabe Des Übersetzers - 2016

Dr Silvia Angeli

Catholicism and Italian Cinema in the Age of “the New Secularisation” (1958–1978) - 2016

Dr Manuela Granziol-Fornera

The Body in Pieces and the Work of Berlinde de Bruyckere - 2016

Current PhD Students -

Valentina Signorelli

The Presence of Dante’s Inferno in Film Adaptations Across Old and New Technologies - 2017

Nina Danino (PhD by Publication)

Experimental Film - Catholic and Feminist Readings of my Films (2010-2016) - 2017

Alexa Raisback

British Post War Women Film Projectionists – A Cultural History (part- time) - 2015

Cassie Yishu Lin

Feminism, Fandom and Slash Fiction - 2015

Sunil Gupta (PhD by Publication)

Queer Migrations - 2016

Monika Ursula Jaeckel

Performativity and Motion Embedded Agency - 2017

Christy Johnson (PhD by Publication)

Fractured Narratives, Memory and Migration - 2017

Current PhD Students as Second Supervisor -

Francesco Arese Visconti

Italian Migration to Switzerland – A Photographic Journey - 2016

Ana Janeiro

Feminism, Memory, and the Portuguese Diaspora - 2015

Debi Hall

Women TV Producers in Britain in 1980s - 2015

Federica Chiocchetti

Photography and Fiction - 2013

Alexandra Jonsson (AHRC) 

How does the re-conceptualisation of the body as sensor enable new feminist practices of the body to explore how the gendered body intimately entangled with digital processes underlying ecologies of toxins, data and flesh? - 2017

Deniz Sozen

The Art of (Un)belonging - 2014

Completed PhD Students as Second Supervisor -

 Cinzia Cremona

Intimations: Relationality in Videoperformance - 2014

Saskia Huc-Hepher -

Constructing a Digital Home for the French Community in London: Cultural Dynamics in Action - 2017

Layal Fatoui

Dismantling or Reproducing the Orientalist Canon? Neo-Orientalism in the Visual Arts - 2017

Post Doctoral Students -

Dr Sara Marino

Digital Data and Contemporary Italian Migration to London (2012-2015)

Dr Mattia Lento

Cinema, Italian-Swiss Migration and Diaspora (2016-2017)


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.