Honolulu, Hawai‘i October 9-12

EPIC2018

Submissions have closed and the full schedule of programming will be available in June.

What Happens at EPIC?

Through the formal program and informal networking opportunities, EPIC attendees access global experts, extend their knowledge and skills, and make the invaluable connections that have transformed EPIC into an essential, year-round community. Guided by the conference theme Evidence, the EPIC2018 program includes Keynotes, Papers, Case Studies, PechaKucha, Salons, Tutorials, Film & Animation, and a Gallery. In addition to the sessions, the organizing chairs are exploring new ways to help attendees connect with mentors and fill specific knowledge gaps. We’ll announce the complete program in June.

Explore our open-access library of conference Papers, Case Studies, Keynotes, and more!

Papers

Papers advance our field with new developments that emphasizing the interplay between theory and practice. They expand our community’s knowledge base, reflect constructively on theoretical concerns, and/or present methodological advances. Papers are original works selected through a double-blind peer review process and tightly curated by the Papers Committee. Paper proposals will be accepted January 30–March 30. To be notified when our call for participation opens, please join our email list. Accepted papers are published in the open access journal EPIC Proceedings within EPIC’s online library and by Wiley-Blackwell. Here’s Erin Taylor (Canela Consulting) presenting a paper at EPIC2017:


Case Studies

Case Studies are real-world examples of how ethnographic and aligned approaches are used to address a specific product, service, project, or organizational issue. They come from business, not-for-profit, and public-sector contexts. Given this year’s theme, EPIC 2018 will feature case studies from ethnographers solving problems in a human-centered way, from data scientists finding new ways to operationalize and/or contextualize data, and from practitioners using multiple methods to apply a humanistic approach wherever it is needed. Read more about EPIC case studies here and here. Case study proposals will be accepted January 30–March 30. To be notified when our call for participation opens, please join our email list. Case Studies are published in the open access journal EPIC Proceedings within EPIC’s online library and by Wiley-Blackwell. Here’s Sue Faulkner (Intel) presenting a case study at EPIC2017:


Powered by PechaKucha

PechaKucha (pronounced: “peh-cha-ku-cha”) presentations are captivating performances of 20 image-rich slides that show for 20 seconds each. They convey insights and questions that are unique and profound—offering some of the most memorable moments of the conference for EPIC attendees. PechaKucha proposals will be accepted January 30–March 30. To be notified when our call for participation opens, please join our email list. For a taste of these stirring presentations, check out Paul Ratliff’s PechaKucha:


Salons

In Salons, conference attendees gather in an intimate setting with an inspiring host for lively discussion of pressing topics. Commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, Salons were initiated at EPIC to make room for discussion across subdisciplines, experience levels, and institutional differences. The spontaneity of interactions and serendipitous connections participants create at Salons make these events a conference favorite.

Tutorials

Tutorials offer attendees the opportunity to expand their knowledge, skills and techniques by learning from experts in our community. Formats range from lecture and demonstration to hands-on exercises and activities. This year, EPIC will offer an expanded lineup of tutorials to help newcomers to ethnography ramp up on key skills, and to help seasoned practitioners try out experimental methods. Tutorials are limited to around 20 participants each, open only to EPIC2018 attendees, and require separate registration. EPIC Members can access videos from selected tutorials.

Film & Animation

2017 was the first Film and Animation session at EPIC, and this year it will be back by popular demand! Film & Animation explores the many creative ways ethnographic practitioners have used moving images (as opposed to other visual imagery like static diagrams, infographics and photography) to interpret data, share insights and tell the stories of their work. This session will showcase these forays in visual storytelling by screening examples and discussing the limits and possibilities of the form.

Gallery

Evidence can come in written, oral, visual, or three-dimensional form. From design artifacts, interactive data visualizations, photographic collages, or even installations, the Gallery will display examples of the many possible forms of evidence.