Excavating Atari's ewaste at the Alamogordo, NM landfill on April 26, 2014
Raiford Guins is a Leeds United Supporter. He is also an Associate Professor of Culture and Technology within the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook University and member of the Consortium of Digital Art, Culture, and Technology (cDACT). In addition, he is a Founding Principal Editor with the Journal of Visual Culture and Curator of the William A. Higinbotham Game Studies Collection with Kristen J. Nyitray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives.
Guins is the author of Game After: A Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife (MIT Press, 2014), Edited Clean Version: Technology and the Culture of Control (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), and co-editor of The Object Reader (with Fiona Candlin, Routledge, 2009) and Popular Culture: A Reader (with Omayra Zaragoza Cruz, Sage, 2005). His writing on video games appear in the following journals: the Journal of Visual Culture, Game Studies, Design Issues, Design and Culture, Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, and Cabinet.
He is currently co-editing Debugging Game History: A Critical Lexicon (MIT Press, Forthcoming 2015) with Henry Lowood and will begin a short book on the pre-history of William Higinbotham’s 1958 analog computer game entitled, Serving History: A Pre-History of a Computer Simulation Eventually Known as Tennis For Two, in Fall 2014. His general research interests are: video game history and preservation, design studies and history, history and philosophy of technology, cultural studies of technology, life history of objects and material culture.
In his leisure time Raiford collects vinyl records, hangs out with his son, and follows the Mighty Whites— "Until The World Stops Going Round".
For more info on his activities please visit:raifordguins.com
2000 Ph.D. Cultural Studies, University of Leeds.
Appointed to Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Stony Brook University, in 2008.
Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.
Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.
Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.
Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.
Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.
Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.
Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.
StudentsBeth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.