Contributors - R

Sadeq Rahimi

Sadeq Rahimi is a Ph.D. candidate in Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His main research interests are collective identity, posthuman identity, and the effects of technology on identity dynamics. His current clinical work is primarily with minority group members and victims of war, torture and trauma. He has a B.A. in English Literature, a B.A. Hon. in Psychology, and an M.Sc. in Transcultural psychiatry, and is currently in psychoanalytic training.

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Diane Railton

Diane Railton is in the final year of her Ph.D. research based in the Institute for Women's Studies at Lancaster University in the UK. She also lectures in the Social and Cultural Studies Dept. of University College Scarborough. Her Ph.D. research is concerned with the gendering of the audience for popular music and her key interests are feminism and pop. On a personal level her musical tastes run from Luna to the Lunachicks, academically she is increasingly interested in 'boy bands' and their influence on women's relationship to music.

Gerard C. Raiti

Gerard C. Raiti holds an M.A. in Global Communication from the University of Southern California, an MSc in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics, and a B.S. in English and Music from Vanderbilt University. His dissertation was titled, “Cartoon Network and the Glocalization of Children’s Media.” Presently, he is working as the Virtual Studio Collaboration Coordinator for DreamWorks Animation. Since 1997, he has contributed to trade publications on animation including Animation World Magazine and KidScreen. He is a classical pianist as well as the creator of Periwinkle Twinkle. His recent publications include “The Disappearance of Disney Animated Propaganda: A Globalization Perspective” for Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Sage).

Barnaby Ralph

Barnaby Ralph is a graduate of Adelaide University and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He is currently living in Japan and in the final stages of his Doctoral studies at the University of Queensland, researching rhetoric, comparative aesthetic thought and their relation to early eighteenth-century instrumental English music. Recent publications include a new critical edition of the chamber sonatas of Francesco Barsanti. He has reviewed concerts, theatre, recordings and film for a number of journals and other media, including Early Music, Music Forum, and M/C Reviews.

Guy Ramsay

Dr Guy Ramsay has taught in The University of Queensland's Department of Asian Languages and Studies' Chinese program since 1993. His research interests cover cultural identity and Indigenous-Chinese contact in Australia, discourse analysis and intercultural communication.

Vanessa Raney

Vanessa Raney is a graduate student at Michigan State University. For the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), she serves as the Graduate Caucus Director and the President of the Graduate Caucus Board. Her major project at present is co-editing (with Peter M. Coogan, of Fontbonne University) a book collection on Superheroes and Trauma.

Hillary Raphael

Hillary Raphael earned an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College in New York City where she won the MFA Thesis Prize for her novel, I love Lord Buddha. She is also the winner of an Asian Cultural Council grant for her soon-to-be-released work Outcast Samurai Dancer. Her short story Happy hours in Pee-Pee can currently be viewed online at

Mark Rapley

Mark Rapley teaches in the School of Psychology at Murdoch University. His teaching and research interests are in critical and discursive psychology. In particular his work focusses on the interactional production of 'professional' and 'client' identities in formal psychological encounters.

Francis Raven

Francis Raven is a PhD student in philosophy at Temple University. Her first novel, Inverted Curvatures, will be published this fall by Spuyten Duyvil. Her chapbooks “Notestalk” and “Notationing” were published by Broken Boulder Press and her novella “Journey Writ Large” was published as a chapbook by Anabasis Press. Francis’s Essays and articles have been published in Jacket, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Clamor, In These Times, The Fulcrum Annual, Rain Taxi, Sauce, and Pavement Saw.

Guy Redden

After graduating with an MA in Critical and Cultural Theory from Cardiff, Wales, Guy spent five semesters teaching at Prince of Songkla University in Thailand before arriving at the University of Queensland, where he is studying for a Ph.D. in the Department of English. His academic interests include globality. He is General Editor of M/C Reviews.

Darren Reed

Darren Reed is a doctoral student in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. He is researching Internet newsgroup interaction from an ethnomethodological perspective.

Maarten Reesink

Maarten Reesink is an assistant professor at the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests are reality and emotion television, popular journalism and infotainment. He thanks Kim Schrøder for alerting him to the difference between programs like Studs and All you need.

Suneeti Rekhari

Suneeti Rekhari recently completed a Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Suneeti’s research focused on the representations of Indigenous identity in Australian cinema through a semiotic perspective. Suneeti’s academic interests include race and minority studies, Indigenous cultural studies and semiotic film theory. Suneeti recently joined the University of Wollongong as lecturer in Sociology.

Jeff Rice

Jeff Rice is a PhD candidate at the University of Florida where he teaches media, literature, and writing in the university's Networked Writing Environment, several Unix based computer classrooms on the school's campus. Currently, he is working on a project entitled "The Rhetoric of Cool."

Marc Richards

Marc is embroiled in a research Masters at the University of Queensland on the production of new theatrical works in Australia, and also currently teaching the odd subject there. At any given time Marc could be performing in theatrical productions around town, he is a Leo, and his favourite colour is blue.

Catherine Richardson

Catherine Richardson is a doctoral student in the English Department at the University of Queensland. She recently completed a Master's degree in Communication Studies at the University of New England, Armidale. She lives in Tamworth -- but always ensures that she is out of town each January for the annual Country Music Festival.

David Riddell

David Riddell has recently completed a Masters in anthropology/archaeology (on the symbolism of cultural/ethnic interaction in prehistory) and is embarking on a doctorate at Carleton University. His interests include crossovers and continuities in contemporary and past cultures, spiritual movements and prophesies, and health issues. An archaeologist by trade, he has researched and published on the early settlement period of Amerindians in Southern Ontario. He has also engaged in performance art/music and composition, and is a former ice hockey player.

Damien Riggs

Damien Riggs is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. His research interests include critical race and whiteness studies, lesbian and gay psychology, and in particular, gay men’s health and lesbian and gay parenting. He is also involved in foster carer advocacy. More information is available on his Website.


Robin Rimbaud

Scanner, British artist Robin Rimbaud, traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form, creating absorbing, multi-layered sound pieces that twist technology in unconventional ways. Born in London, Scanner is committed to working with cutting edge artists from a varied range of genres including dance, music, and the visual arts. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sound art, producing concerts, compositions, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998) hailed by critics as innovative and inspirational works of contemporary electronic music. His diverse body of work has been presented throughout the United States, Asia, Australia and Europe. He is currently Artist in Residence with BBC Wales and Visiting Professor at Liverpool John Moores University.


E. Sean Rintel

E. Sean Rintel is a PhD candidate in Sociology with a specialization in Communication at the University at Albany, State University of New York. His research interests include language and social interaction, computer mediated communication, and the sociology of knowledge.

Suzanne Rintoul

Suzanne Rintoul received her MA from McMaster University, and is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the same institution. Her interest in cultural studies ranges from the Victorian period to the present, with particular emphasis on constructions of the body.

Patrick Lynn Rivers

Patrick Lynn Rivers is Assistant Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His teaching and research is frequently located at that place where race, politics, and culture converge. He is the author of States of Racial Mind: Regulating Hate in the United States and South Africa (State University of New York Press, forthcoming), and the author of media studies articles appearing in Critical Studies in Media Communication and The Journal of Film and Video.


Sergio Rizzo

Sergio Rizzo is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University in Chicago where he teaches classes in first-year writing and American literature. He writes broadly on contemporary culture, and his work has appeared in such journals as Film Quarterly, Journal of Modern Literature, and Convergence. Currently, he is working on a book-length study of William Carlos Williams’s long poem Paterson.

Phillip Roe

Phillip Roe is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Contemporary Communication at Central Queensland University, Bundaberg. He teaches in Multimedia/New Media studies and research interests include new media theory, arts and pedagogy, postructuralist cultural theory and technology. His most recent publications include articles on the coming to presence of new media forms and of new media studies, and on print-post print textuality. He is currently writing a book on the politics of virtual writing.

Lisa Roney

Lisa Roney is assistant professor of English at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., where she teaches creative writing and cultural studies of medicine, illness, health, and disability. She is the author of the memoir Sweet Invisible Body: Reflections on a Life with Diabetes (Holt, 1999), and is currently working on a project about the relationship between people’s bodies and their homes.


Ned Rossiter

Ned Rossiter is Lecturer in Communications and Media Studies, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University. Ned is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Media and Communications Program, University of Melbourne. He is co-editor of Politics of a Digital Present: An Inventory of Australian Net Culture, Criticism and Theory (Melbourne: Fibreculture Publications, 2001) and Refashioning Pop Music in Asia: Cosmopolitan Flows, Political Tempos and Aesthetic Industries (London: RoutledgeCurzon, in press 2003). Ned is also a co-facilitator of fibreculture, a network of new media researchers in Australia.

Judd Ruggill

Judd Ethan Ruggill teaches for the Department of Media Arts at the University of Arizona. His work has appeared in a variety of scholarly books, journals, and periodicals, including Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, The International Digital Media and Arts Association Journal, FLOW, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He also co-directs the Learning Games Initiative, a transdisciplinary, inter-institutional research group that studies, teaches with, and builds computer games.


Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff analyzes, writes and speaks about the way people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other's values. He sees "media" as the landscape where this interaction takes place, and "literacy" as the ability to participate consciously in it. Rushkoff is the author of eight best-selling books on new media and popular culture, including Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, Coercion: Why We Listen to What "They" Say, and the novels Ecstasy Club, Exit Strategy. His latest work is, Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism.


David Russell

David Russell is Assistant Professor of English at Penn State York. He is currently at work on a book about depictions of violence against women in classic American literature.

Keith Russell

Dr Keith Russell is Research and Graduate Studies Coordinator in the School of Design, Communication and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. As a foundation lecturer in the Design degrees at the University of Newcastle, he was responsible for the development, over a ten-year period, of a program of cultural and theoretical studies titled 'Concepts of Design'. He is currently working in the areas of Poetics, Dramaturgics and Identity Affects of New Media.

Leonie Rutherford

Dr Leonie Rutherford is a Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia. She has collected and edited the poetry of Louisa Lawson, and has published widely on children’s media and culture, new media and publishing history. She has recently completed a review of research on the influences of media on children for the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA), as principal of a Consortium from the Centre for Applied Research in the Social Sciences at UNE.