CFP for Atlanta Studies Symposium 2021

Call for Proposals

Eighth Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium:

Inclusive Innovation: Designing the Future of Atlanta

May 26, 2021


Hosted by the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center

Atlanta, Georgia


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the eighth annual Atlanta Studies Symposium was postponed in 2020 and will now be held digitally on May 26th, 2021. The ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19 have certainly generated a collective creativity around the use of technology across the county and in the city of Atlanta.

With this is in mind, the eighth annual Atlanta Studies Symposium welcomes proposals on any aspect of Atlanta, past, present, or future. Priority will be given to those that directly relate to the conference theme, “Inclusive Innovation: Designing the Future of Atlanta,” but the symposium is also very interested in work that chronicles and responds to the current moment. Those who have work already accepted for the 2020 edition of the symposium will be able to present that work, submit new proposals for consideration, or both.

In June 2021, the city of Atlanta will host the inaugural U.S. edition of the global Smart City Expo, the world’s leading conference and expo on smart cities and smart urban solutions. City officials involved in this endeavor boast of their ability to “redefine what it means to be a smart city” while Atlanta researchers, city planners, and activists develop and investigate emerging technologies options to improve urban transportation in the City of Atlanta and the metro region. As the city hones in on its Smart City efforts, how will art and design be utilized alongside technology to enhance its infrastructure and address issues of equity? Given that the initial edition of the smart city expo was postponed, how might the crises highlight, amplify, and help us think about questions of equity, technology, and infrastructure?

With the metro region’s ever-growing population and increased awareness of its need for new innovative methods of development, it is important for these methods to be inclusive and diverse to envision a more sustainable and equitable city and region. This symposium seeks to explore the points of intersection and division within Atlanta’s economic development, population growth and increased creative potential.

This symposium poses the questions: 

  • How does economic development affect art and design in Atlanta?
  • How does art and design impact the lived environment of the city?
  • How can city design address structural oppression and economic disparity?
  • What are the ways art and design intersect with or address issues of equity in Atlanta?
  • What role does art, literature, and music play in imagining alternative realities and radical futures for the city?
  • How is Atlanta redefining what it means to be a Smart city?
  • How is creative capital measured and cultivated within the city?
  • Who is designing the future of the city? Who is included in this future?
  • How does the city respond to crises? Who makes those plans? Who enacts them and how do those plans interact with and emerge from how we think about the city and the region?

This year, we seek a diverse array of symposium sessions from scholars and practitioners at academic institutions, as well as from other public, private, and nonprofit organizations. We welcome proposals for:

  • Fully constituted panels with up to 3 presenters and a moderator
  • Individual papers or posters
  • 5 minute/5 slide presentations that will be part of a lightning round session
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Interactive workshops
  • Film screenings
  • Any other creative form of presentation you’d like to propose

Please submit abstracts via this Google form no later than February 26, 2021.

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Notifications will be sent out by end of March 2021.

If you have questions about the event or proposals, please contact atlantastudiessymposium@gmail.com.

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