This gigapan shows the Level 2 Northwest Wall, including neon beer advertisements, sections from a baseball scoreboard, photographs, newspaper articles, and a bicycle. Gigapan image stitched by Ruth Dusseault.

Spring 2024 Atlanta Studies Meetup

Please join us for our upcoming Spring 2024 Atlanta Studies Meetup at Manuel’s Tavern on Thursday, February 29th, 2024 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

These quarterly meetings showcase Atlanta-focused projects and bring together a group of folks interested in our city. We will provide a few snacks. Buy your own drinks. Organized by the Atlanta Studies Network.

The Place:

Manuel’s Tavern
602 North Highland Avenue Northeast,
Atlanta, GA 30307

The Plan:

7:00 – Grab some snacks (we will provide a few) and order a drink (that’s on you)

7:15 – Presentations and Q&A

8:30 – Networking, chit chatting, order another drink


Dr. André Brock / Associate Professor of Media Studies, Georgia Tech

Author of Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures (2020, NYU Press)

From BlackPlanet to #BlackGirlMagic, Distributed Blackness places Blackness at the very center of internet culture. André Brock Jr. claims issues of race and ethnicity as inextricable from and formative of contemporary digital culture in the United States. Distributed Blackness analyzes a host of platforms and practices (from Black Twitter to Instagram, YouTube, and app development) to trace how digital media have reconfigured the meanings and performances of African American identity.

Anh-ton Tran / PhD Candidate in Interacting Computing, Georgia Tech

“Unpacking the Complex Labor of Public Data Generation in Fulton County”

In this talk, I will present early findings from a in-depth textual analysis of eviction records filed into Fulton County. These records are abstracted and compiled into data sets that feed large algorithmic decision systems such as credit scores and tenant screening applications. Understanding the complex labor involved in the creating of these data points surfaces the concerning implications of using public record to power machines to make decisions for humans.