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Atlanta Studies Symposium: Call for Proposals

Population spot map of the Atlanta area (1945)
Population spot map of the Atlanta area (1945) from the Planning Atlanta: A New City in the Making Collection

Join Atlanta scholars for the First Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium. This day-long symposium will be held on April 26, 2013 in Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library.  Emory University’s Digital Scholarship Commons is now accepting proposals for presentations at the First Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium.

Katherine Hankins, Associate Professor of Geosciences at Georgia State University, and Zephyr Frank, Associate Professor of Latin American Studies and Director of Stanford’s Spatial History Project, will each deliver a keynote address.

The symposium seeks to convene an interdisciplinary meeting of scholars and community activists concerned with issues related to Atlanta. We are also eager to highlight the the wealth of resources available at area libraries and museums and to enhance connections between scholars, institutions, and libraries.

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

  • Population and Place
  • Metropolitan Ecologies
  • Transportation
  • Education

Proposals for papers, talks, or round-table discussions should be no more than 400 words. Proposals on any aspect of Atlanta are welcome, but priority will be given to papers that relate in some way 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 the panel’s participants. We are eager to make this event as engaging as possible and encourage presentations that represent work-in-progress that would benefit from open conversation. Please include audio-video requirements in your proposal.

Please send proposal via email to by 5pm on February 15. Contact Stewart Varner ( with any questions.

This event is free and open to the public.

To discover the many Atlanta studies resources that are available at the Georgia State University Library as well as other libraries and archives across Atlanta, take a look at the Georgia State University Library’s Metropolitan Atlanta Research Guide.