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Call for Proposals for the Second Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Published October 22, 2013

Emory University's Center for Digital Scholarship and Georgia State University's Cities Initiative and the Department of Geosciences invite proposals for presentations at the Second Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium. The day-long symposium will be held April 4, 2014 at Georgia State University and will feature presentations by, among others, Clarence Stone, Research Professor at George Washington University and author of Regime Politics: Governing Atlanta, 1946–1988, and LeeAnn Lands, Associate Professor of American Studies and History, Kennesaw State University and author of The Culture of Property: Race, Class, and Housing Landscapes in Atlanta, 1880–1950.

The symposium seeks to convene an interdisciplinary meeting of scholars and activists to learn from and act on research about Atlanta, including the central city and its metropolitan area.

Potential themes for presentation topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Public Space and Private Property
  • Downtown Atlanta as a Site of Political Struggle
  • Urban Mobility and Access
  • Urban Politics
  • Identity and Place in a Global Southern City

Proposals for papers, talks, multi-media presentations, or round-table discussions should be no more than 400 words. We welcome proposals on any aspect of Atlanta, but priority will be given to those that relate to the themes listed above. Preference will also be given to proposals for fully constituted panels. Cover letters for panels should indicate the theme and identify panel participants. We hope to make this event as engaging as possible and encourage presentations that represent work-in-progress that will benefit from open conversation. Please include audio-video requirements in your proposal.

Send your proposals via email to by 5:00 p.m. on January 17, 2014. Contact Stewart Varner ( with any questions.