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Call for speakers: EPIC

If your professional practice takes in ethnography in any of its forms, from design research to big data to business innovation, take a look at this call for speakers. There are lots of ways to get involved, from full length talks, to putting forward artifacts for discussion, to short Pecha Kucha talks.

EPIC is an international conference on the current and future practice of ethnography in the business world, and it’s coming to London’s Royal Institution on the 16-18 of September, 2013.

Since its inception, the EPIC conference has brought together a dynamic community of practitioners, scholars and entrepreneurs concerned with how ethnographic thinking and methods for understanding human behavior in the contemporary world are used to transform the worlds of business, innovation, service design, the public sector and beyond.  By understanding people, what they do, how they do it and how these change over time, we can create better business strategies, processes and products, as well as enhance and simplify people’s lives.

Call for submissions – Deadline: March 9th, 2013
We are seeking engagement with social design firms, public policy developers, think tanks, the variety of marketing sciences, business schools, the design sector; in fact anyone using ethnographic research to inform design, business, or innovation. This may take the form of various theories made relevant and useful today, present discussions on technology such as how businesses, cities and communities are using ethnographic ways of knowing to find balance in a time of transition, including:

  • How ethnographers are pushing the boundaries of theory from the social sciences and humanities (i.e., rituals, symbolic interpretation, gift-exchange, kinship, participation, access and agency, etc.);
  • The phenomenon of Big Data and the use of technology to support ethnographic data collection, organization and analysis
  • How ethnographic research and social science thinking inform sectors in transition, such as finance, education and energy

If you are thinking to yourself, ‘I could attend but I couldn’t possibly present’, think again. There are many ways to get involved, we encourage submissions for Papers, Artifacts and Pecha Kucha sessions. You can read the full Call on the EPIC 2013 conference website: http://epiconference.com/2013/program
Questions? Email us at info@epicconference.com