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EPIC2020 Will Be a Virtual Event—Join Us from Anywhere in the World!

As the pandemic escalates, we’ve been contemplating the forecasts, listening to our communities, and rejigging our lives. It’s now clear that EPIC’s treasured annual gathering must transform into a virtual event this year. Although it’s heartbreaking to abandon our plans in Melbourne, our conference committee is energized by this opportunity: We can create new kinds of collective experience, truly taking on the…

EPIC in Uncertain Times

Hello EPIC friends, As ethnographers we are tenacious, resilient, curious, improvisational, thoughtful, and reflective. It is ironic that the thing we do best—being on the ground with people—is exactly not what we should be doing at this time. For most of us, without doubt, it’s a profoundly disconcerting state. If only that were all. As…

EPIC2019 Proceedings Are Here!

EPIC2019 AGENCY in Providence, RI, was a blast of activity, provocation, conversation, and learning. Now you can access the conference online! All articles are FREE to read, download, and share with your colleagues, teams, clients, and in-laws. They include full-length papers and case studies, as well as abstracts of all presentations. Conference video is available…

Ask Us Anything! April 4–5

Join the EPIC2019 Program Committee April 4–5 for an “Ask Us Anything” session on the Ethnography Hangout Slack, #epic_org channel. If you’ve got questions about your conference submission (due April 12), the conference theme, or anything else about the EPIC2019 experience, this is a great chance to chat with the people running the show. You’ll…

EPIC Announces New Executive Director

We are proud and excited to announce that we’ve hired EPIC’s first Executive Director. Rita Denny is known to many of you as a researcher extraordinaire, consultant, author, and teacher, and she’s been a leader in our field for two decades. This is another important milestone for EPIC that reflects collective efforts over 14 years.…

EPIC2018 Proceedings Are Here!

The phenomenal content from EPIC2018 is ready for you to access on demand—including papers, case studies, keynotes, panels, and PechaKucha. All articles are FREE to read, download, and share with your colleagues, teams, client, and in-laws. Video is available to EPIC Members. Membership also includes access to excellent learning opportunities and supports the important work…

Let’s Make EPIC More Accessible

2018 has been a phenomenal year for our community. We offered an array of new Courses and Talks that brought us together to learn and share expertise, and 600 EPIC people attended our outstanding annual conference in Honolulu, where we tackled crucial questions of data and evidence. This was a year of growth for EPIC,…

3 Things We Want You to Know

Recently EPIC was accused of homophobia in the EPIC2017 peer review process. In the wake of this experience, and as we embark on the review process for our 2018 program, there are several things we would like our community to know: Members of the EPIC2017 program committee and the EPIC Board addressed this accusation immediately…

An Open Letter about EPIC and Homophobia

Dear EPIC Community, I’m Gary, co-chair of EPIC2017 here at HEC Montréal. I’m writing this open letter because there have recently been some social media posts by an individual accusing EPIC of homophobia. Specifically, someone who submitted a proposal for EPIC2017 felt that his submission had been rejected due to homophobia: “I sensed clear homophobia…

Ask Us Anything! March 13–14

Join the EPIC2018 Program Committee March 13–14 for an “Ask Us Anything” session on the Ethnography Hangout Slack #epic_org channel! If you’ve got questions about your conference submission (due March 30!), the conference theme, or anything else about the EPIC2018 experience, this is a great chance to chat with the people running the show. You’ll…

Making an Impact

Abstract Paper by Isabelle Puaut

SUBMIT YOUR NEWS  |  BECOME A MEMBER Around the world EPIC Members are doing amazing things! Their achievements inform and inspire our community, advancing the value of ethnography. Check out this recent work: Huge congrats to Meg Kinney & Hal Phillips (Bad Babysitters), whose video ethnography on plus-size fashion won a Market Research Society award.…

New Learning Opportunities for EPIC People

EPIC’s ability to “advance the value of ethnography in industry” is powered by  the skills, expertise and impact of the individuals who make up this community. What better way to amplify and develop those skills than with and through our remarkable colleagues working on related problems with expertise to share? In our ongoing efforts to…

Reaffirming Our Values in Critical Times: How Will the EPIC Community Respond?

Shortly after we opened our Call for Participation for EPIC2017 in Montréal, President Trump ordered a temporary travel ban for many people with joint citizenship as well as a halt to refugees and immigrants from 7 predominately Muslim countries. We’d like to take a moment to reassert the values at the heart of this organization…