The Second Century Initiative in New and Emerging Media (2CINEM) is an interdisciplinary research cluster of faculty and doctoral fellows from Communications, English, Computer Science, Applied Linguistics, and Art+Design under the co-direction of Dr. Ben Miller. Now in its fourth year, 2CINEM investigates and develops applications and methodologies related to new and emerging media research and production in the humanities. Work from the Initiative has appeared at Digital Humanities, IEEE BigData, HASTAC, the Modern Language Association, and elsewhere. Current and forthcoming projects of the 2CINEM cluster include:‬‬‬‬


An interdisciplinary project aimed at geospatial storytelling through the production of a platform for layering and visualizing data, maps, images, and text about Atlanta in a way that encourages critical engagement between users and Atlanta's history. The project links scholars and practicionters at GSU and Emory in Geosciences, Communication, Instructional Innovation, History, Metropolitan Studies, English, and Computer Science. Learn More 

Digging into Human Rights Violations

An NSF and SSHRC funded second round Digging into Data Challenge project that advances methods in corpus linguistics, data visualization, machine learning, and human rights text analysis. The project links scholars and practitioners in the United States and Canada at various academic institutions, NGOs, and companies. Learn More 

Expanding the Korsakow System

A Tool for Interactive Media Research, Production, and Pedagogy"
A project seeking to expand the Korsakow system for interactive film production to mobile devices and utilize cloud storage for the creation, archiving, and sharing of non-linear database narrative projects.

Notoriously Toxic

Understanding the Language and Costs of Hate and Harassment in Online Games"
A project aiming to bring together academic and industry professionals to identify and address toxic speech and behaviors in online gaming environments. Prospective participants represent the fields of law, criminal justice, linguistics, game studies, communication, and English. Learn More 


Playtest is a weekly hour-long meet-up hosted by the Creative Media Industries Institute and New and Emerging Media Initiative at Georgia State University for gathering and exploring the small parts of things we love about games and also giving people the ability to experience them by playing the games in a comfortable and critical setting. Learn More 


An interdisciplinary project that aims to document the multi-linear history and memory of the neighborhoods in the shadow of Turner Field using the Korsakow and ATLMaps platforms. Learn More 

The Atlanta Media Project is a research collective of scholars interested in the media industries and the influence of cultural policy. We have developed a number of resources for analyzing the growth of the media industries in Georgia with a particular focus on Atlanta. We are particularly proud of the interactive map of media industries businesses that highlight the location, growth, and specific development of the media industries in Georgia. As a compliment to our maps, we have highlighted certain influential media companies with analysis of their significance to the region. Finally, we curate news and academic work related to the study of media capitals such as Atlanta. We hope you will visit the site for your own research and education. Please leave us any feedback or questions you may have.
liquid blackness is a research group on blackness and aesthetics composed of graduate students and alumni of the Moving Image Studies program and is coordinated by Dr. Alessandra Raengo. The purpose of the group is to create critical encounters around art and develop innovative tools to analyze the mercurial ways in which blackness is encountered in our contemporary visual and sonic culture.
Each liquid blackness initiative comprises an event (film series, symposium, etc.), a research project, and a scholarly publication available on our site. Learn More 
PrintPERIPHERAL VISIONS is an impulse that reaches beyond cinematic categorization; there are no boxes to check here. PERIPHERAL VISIONS is a new media think tank that embraces modes of film and digital production on the margins of convention. Our research methods expand notions of what new media and cinema means in an era of hybrid form, technological agnosticism, and convergence.

Our lab functions as a space where internationally recognized faculty and visiting filmmakers create onsite projects as well as a teaching space for emerging mediamakers. Although PERIPHERAL VISIONS is academically inclined, our collaborative conversations and methods build bridges beyond university walls. Some terms that inform the work we do: experimental, hybrid, autobiographic, reflexive, paracinema, creative nonfiction, personal cinema, essay film, expanded cinema, domestic ethnography, community-based, participatory.

The Rendering (the) Visible conference is organized by the Doctoral program in Moving Image Studies and is chaired by faculty members Jennifer Barker, Alessandra Raengo and Angelo Restivo. The Conference offers a forum for meta-disciplinary discussion of issues pertinent to the study of visuality, moving image media, and sound. It has taken place in 2011 and 2014 and has attracted scholars and artists from around the world. Past conferences have opened with screenings of new media art (Phil Solomon in 2011 and a program curated by Timothy Murray in 2014) and have had keynote addresses delivered by Akira Lippit and Vivian Sobchack (in 2011) and Pasi Väliaho in 2014. Designed as a forum for the showcasing of the most recent turns in media and visual theory, the conference encourages interdisciplinary experimentations and is open to projects that play at the intersection of theory and practice.