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School of Arts and Media

Dr Toni Sant

Digital Curation Lab Director


I have worked in higher education in the UK since 2004, after obtaining an MA (1998) and a PhD (2003) in Performance Studies from New York University.

Before joining the University of Salford I was a Reader in Digital Curation at the University of Hull’s Scarborough Campus, and previously Senior Lecturer in Arts & New Media (2010-2013), and Lecturer in Performance and Creative Technologies (2004-2010).

Since 2014 I am also the Artistic Director of Spazju Kreattiv, Malta’s national centre for creativity in Valletta. Similarly, I have worked as Education Programme Organiser with Wikimedia UK, a charity that supports Wikipedia and other open knowledge projects.


Postgraduate dissertations related to the research interests below are welcomed.

Research Interests

Digital Curation

Digital Cultural Heritage

Digital Media Preservation

Digital Performance and Creative Arts

Histories of the Internet

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD (New York University – 2003)
MA (New York University – 1998)
BA (Hons) (University of Malta ­–1996)

Senior Fellow – Higher Education Academy

Technical Reviewer and Member – AHRC Peer Review College

Associate Editor – International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media



Ejjew Nidhku Ftit Iehor ma' Charles Clews (ed.) Malta: SKS Publishers, 2019.

Documenting Performance: The Context and Processes of Digital Curation and Archiving (ed.) London: Bloomsbury Methuen, 2017.

Remembering Rediffusion in Malta: A History without Future? Malta: Midsea Books, 2016.

Franklin Furnace and the Spirit of the Avant-garde:A History of the Future. University of Chicago Press – Intellect, 2011.

Book Chapters

"Art as Archive: Some Questions on Contemporary Art in 21st-Century Archives" in Parallel Existances: The Notarial Archives - A Photographer’s Inspiration edited by Joan Abela, and Emanuel Buttigieg. Malta: Kite, 2018. pp.31-36.

"Digital Cultural Participation in Malta" in Perspectives on Cultural Participation in Malta Arts Council Malta, 2017. pp.45-56.

“Creating a Comprehensive Archive of Maltese Music on CD” in Preserving Popular Music Heritage: Do It Yourself, Do It Together edited by Sarah Baker: Routledge: London and New York, 2015. pp.114-125.

“Art, Performance, and Social Media” in The Social Media Handbook edited by Jeremy Hunsinger and Theresa M. Senft. Routledge: London and New York, 2014. pp.45-58. 

“Archiving the Future at Franklin Furnace” in Artist-run Spaces edited by Gabriele Detterer & Maurizio Nannucci. JRP/Ringer: Zürich, 2013. pp.132-153. (co-author: Martha Wilson)

“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, 2012.  pp.201-223.

“Colonna Mediterranea” in Shooting Society: Documenting Contemporary Life in Malta edited by Carmel Borg and Raphael Vella. Midsea Books: Malta, 2011.

“Growing up in a Global Village: Young People and the Internet in Malta” in Exploring the Maltese Media Landscape edited by Joe Borg, Mary Ann Lauri, and Adrian Hillman. Allied Publications: Malta, 2009. pp.51-62.

“Performance in Second Life” in Learning and Teaching in the Virtual World of Second Life edited by Judith Molka-Danielsen & Mats Deutschmann. Tapir Academic Press: Trondheim, 2009. pp.145-166.

“Eric Bogosian” in The Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twentieth-Century American Dramatists Vol.341 edited by Garrett Eisler. Gale Group: Detroit and London, 2007. pp.3-10.

“Preface” in Lamentations of Cain: Dramaturgy of a Performance Process by Frank Camilleri. Icarus: Malta, 2006.

“Two Hundred Years of Colonial Laughter in Malta: Carnival and Pantomime in Malta Under British Rule” in Comedy, Fantasy and Colonialism edited by Graeme Harper. Continuum:  London and New York, 2002. pp.175-188 (co-author: Vicki Ann Cremona)

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

"Establishing a creative identity: Rebranding a creative space" City, Culture and Society Vol.10, Sept 2017. pp.11-16. (co-author Valerie Visanic)

“Interdisciplinary Approaches to Documenting Performance” International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media Vol. 10 No. 1, 2014. pp.3-6.

“Theatrical Performance on the Internet: How Far Have We Come Since Hamnet?” International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media Vol. 9 No. 2, 2013. pp.247-259.

“Initial Work on the Malta Music Memory Project - and its connections with Oral History”, Journal of Maltese History Vol. 2, No. 2, 2012. pp.42-50.

“Addressing the Need for a Collaborative Multimedia Database of Maltese Music” Journal of Music, Technology & Education Vol. 2, No. 2+3, 2009. pp. 89-96.

“A Second Life for Online Performance: Understanding Present Developments Through an Historical Context”, Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media Vol.4: 1, 2008. pp.69-79.

“Martha Wilson & Franklin Furnace: On a Mission to Make the World Safe for Avant-garde Art” TDR: The Drama Review Vol. 49 No. 1, 2005. pp. 29-35, 55-59, 80-85,104-110.

“Rape, Murder and Suicide Are Easier When You Use a Keyboard Shortcut: Mouchette, an On-Line Virtual Character” Leonardo Vol. 38, No. 3, 2005. pp.202-206. (co-author Manthos Santorineos)