Call for Papers: 4th Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium

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Call for Papers
December 18, 2015 to January 31, 2016
Georgia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Geography, Public Policy, Sociology, Urban History / Studies, Race Studies

The Fourth Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium

When: May 11th, 2016
Where: Georgia State University

To be mobile is to have the ability to move. It is to move across space, from one neighborhood to another, perhaps, or across social categories of well-being, such as from the working poor to the middle-class. The challenges to mobility in Atlanta—whether physical or social—remain a key concern for residents, policymakers, and scholars from a variety of disciplines. As the city flourishes in some places for some people, it declines in other places, where residents suffer. At once Atlanta is boundless in its hope and tragic in its despair.

For the fourth annual Atlanta Studies Symposium, to be held at Georgia State University on May 11th, 2016, we invite scholars and activists to learn from and act on research about Atlanta’s mobilities, including that of its central city and the broader metropolitan area. We seek panels and paper presentations that address the challenges and opportunities for Atlanta’s past, present, and future mobilities.

We welcome fully-constituted panels of three to five paper presentations, which should include a description of the focus of the panel and its participants. We also welcome individual papers or posters for consideration in the symposium. Please submit 250-word abstracts for paper presentations on the form on our site ( no later than January 31, 2016. If you have questions about the event, please email Katherine Hankins or Joe Hurley at

The Fourth Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium will feature the inaugural Cliff Kuhn Memorial Keynote, given by Emory University Professor of History Joseph Crespino.

Sponsors of the event include Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship, Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of City and Regional Planning, and Georgia State University’s Council for the Progress of Cities, Department of History, and the Department of Geosciences.

Contact Info: 

Sarah Melton
Managing Editor
Atlanta Studies