Research Teams

Some of our faculty offer project-based team-based courses, in which students gain hands-on media production and research experience. They are an opportunity to think creatively, participate in professional-level work outside the classroom, and join our faculty in "changing the conversation" about cross-cultural issues here in Atlanta and globally. 

These teams are available through Georgia Tech's VIP (Vertically Integrated Projects) program or through Modern Languages course numbers (Independent Research 8903). Please contact faculty directly to learn more. 



21st Century Global Atlanta

Principal Investigators: Sebnem Ozkan and Jenny Strakovsky

Course number: VIP 6601/2/3 - VW6 

Languages: all

This project aims to tell the story of Atlanta as a global city, and to increase access to global citizenship at Georgia Tech and nationally. We want to document and connect with the individuals and communities that are transforming Atlanta into a global metropolis, such as heritage and immigrant communities, foreign-born residents in a variety of professional fields, and thought leaders engaged in the global community. We will document their everyday contributions and journeys through documentary film, multimedia, digital archives, writing, and research presentations. We welcome students who want to do creative work such as graphic novels and photography. Team members will participate in all aspects of background research, multimedia/creative production, and public outreach efforts of the program. Detailed Description


East Asian Media

Principal Investigator: Amanda Weiss 

JAPN 4668/8903 |  VIP 6601/2/3 - VWF 

Languages: Japanese, Chinese, Korean

This is a bi-monthly seminar group that will be run like a Japanese “zemi,” or graduate seminar. Students will be asked to produce a research project or creative project on a topic related to East Asian media, broadly defined. This could be a translation of a Chinese short story, an analysis of Japanese films, a short documentary on social movements in Okinawa, etc. Transnational and comparative projects are welcome. Twice a month we will also meet to discuss assigned readings and to discuss project progress. At the end of each semester we will host an East Asian Media @ Tech Symposium to present our projects to the wider community. Each year has a different theme; 2019-2020 will be “East Asia and the Future.” Our readings will discuss how Chinese, Japanese, and Korean speculative literature and film articulate fears, anxieties, dreams, and desires about the future of the Pacific region. Student projects are encouraged but not required to connect to this theme. Detailed Description


Polivision: Multimedia, Arts & Culture

Principal Investigator: Paul Alonso

SPAN 4668/8903  |  VIP 6601/2/3 - VX9 

Languages: Spanish

How are Latinx and Global Cultures manifested in Atlanta’s arts and entertainment? How do these identities dialogue with the United States and other cultural realities in today’s globalized world? To consolidate a bilingual and multimedia outlet ( about Latinx and Global Cultures. Students, professionals and faculty participate in the production, marketing and dissemination of bilingual multimedia pieces (videos, podcasts, interactive media, and social media narratives) about transnational arts and culture, as a way to reflect the multi-cultural reality of Atlanta as a global city. In times of a crisis of the traditional journalism industry, this project also seeks to set foundations for a new alternative and sustainable model for media production based in the collaboration of the academics, media professionals, and students. Detailed Description