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Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference 2016
Aug 29 @ 6:05 pm – Sep 1 @ 7:05 pm

The 2016 Conference has as its theme, Pathmaking. It is hosted by the Department of Anthropology and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. This is the first time the conference has been co-hosted by an anthropology department and a school of business. Pathmaking emphasizes the sharing of academic insights deriving from the theory and practice of ethnography, and international best practices in business and industry.

EPIC will have a tremendous variety of presentations in many formats: internationally known keynote speakers, paper presentations, PechaKucha events, tutorials and salons.


Sherry and Sherry—John F. Sherry and John W. Sherry Jr. will engage in a Keynote Duo. Both Messrs. Sherry have Ph.D.s in Anthropology. John F. Sherry is Herrick Professor of Marketing at Notre Dame University, and John W. Sherry Jr. is Director of the Experience Innovation Lab at Intel Corporation. Both are extensively published. John F. Sherry’s many publications on marketing, including Explorations in Consumer Culture Theory (Routledge, 2008), and Contemporary Marketing and Consumer Behavior: An Anthropological Sourcebook (SAGE, 1995) are used in business schools and boardrooms throughout the world. John W. Sherry Jr. began his career studying Navaho activism, Land, Wind and Hard Words: A Story of Navaho Activism.  Since 2001 he has been involved with consumer research, UX Design and Business Innovation at Intel.

Eric Weiner is the bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss (Twelve, 2008), Man Seeks God (Twelve, 2012) and The Geography of Genius,(Simon and Schuster, 2016) in which he traveled throughout the world to discover how creative genius emerges at specific times and in specific places. In The Geography of Bliss, Weiner discovers how different countries and cultures pursue happiness. He was a correspondent for many years for National Public Radio where he was based in New Delhi, Tokyo and Jerusalem

Karen Ho is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton University. Her primary fieldwork was conducted among Wall Street Banking and Investment firms. Her internationally praised book, Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (Duke, 2009) details the culture of Wall Street financiers and workers, and is a major contribution to the anthropology of finance. Professor Ho has appeared widely in international media commenting on economy and culture.

James H. Gilmore—Founder and director of the company Strategic Horizons, Mr. Gilmore is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-author of The Experience Economy (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011), Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want (Harvard Business Review Press, 2007), and author of Look: A Practical Guide for Improving your Observational Skills (Greenleaf, 2016), which will be “launched” at the opening reception of EPIC.


Papers EPIC will feature five paper sections , all focusing on Ethnography: Ethnography/Analytics, Ethnography/Carnivalesque, Ethnography/Emerging Consumers, Ethnography/Innovation and Ethnography/Organizations and Change. Papers will present research on a wide variety of topics ranging from e-cigarettes, consumer life in Tamil Nadu, India, social business in Brazil, cooking in Africa, the anthropology of “wearables,” and organizational culture for service design.

Pechakucha is a special presentational format in which presenters show 20 slides for 20 seconds each. It creates exciting sessions with highly concentrated content. Some of the 20 Pechakucha titles to be presented are: “The Flat World.” “Living Comfortably in Glass Houses.” “Locating Ourselves in the Liminal,” “What I think  About when I think about Running.” and “Working For It” Feminist Art and Ethnography”

Case Studies will present real-world examples showing how ethnographic methods will be used to address specific product, service or organizational issues. These case studies will cover a wide range of international topics from problems of creating collaboration between organizations, developing human centered Practices in New Organizational Contexts, Dealing with the bureaucracy in India, plus size fashion for women, and self-driving cars.

Tutorials—Seven tutorial sessions will allow EPIC attendees to expand their knowledge and skills in small sessions with limited enrollment. Topics include: MBA Basics: How to Think Like a Business, Anthropological Theory for Ethnography in Business, Ethnographic Thinking for Social Change, Decoding Organizational Change, Semiotics: A User’s Guide to Seeing Differently, Speculative Design: Futures Prototyping for Research and Strategy, and Structuring Analysis for Innovation.

Salons—will involve small group discussions on topics that are pressing for the community of ethnographic practitioners engaged in or interested in business applications. These will include: Strategy and AGILE Research Methods, De-skilling Revisited, Ethics Workshop, Working for Social Change and Ethography & Quantified Self.


On Monday, August 29 a special group of classes will be held by distinguished faculty from the Carleson School of Management of the University of Minnesota. These constitute a “mini-MBA” for those who would like to obtain additional business skills. The classes will be: Strategic Thinking, Leading through Quality: Strategy and Execution and Pathmaking Pricing.


In addition to these sessions, there will be a number of social events, including a visit to the Minnesota State Fair, the largest in the nation, for the EPIC conference dinner, a number of receptions and many opportunities to meet other ethnographic practitioners.

The city of Minneapolis is one of the most important commercial centers in the nation, with more Fortune 100 Companies per capita than any other urban area in America. The city is full of beautiful parks, bicycle paths and hiking trails, wonderful restaurants and an outstanding array of cultural attractions. The 2016 American Anthropological Association Meetings will be held here from November 16-20.

Much more information on EPIC, including paper abstracts and a detailed schedule as well as registration information can be found at the Conference web site, EPIC is also a membership organization, and Conference discounts are available to all who join.


William O. Beeman
Conference Chair

Call for Papers: The Feminine Mystic
Sep 1 all-day

Call for Papers: The Feminine Mystic: American Prophetesses and the Politics of Religious Experience

June 9-11, 2017

Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon

Marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State in 1917, The Feminine Mystic is an interdisciplinary conference exploring the significance of women’s religious authority in American political and cultural contexts from the early republic through the long nineteenth century. Special consideration will be given to the Shakers’ celibacy and gender separation in relation to their efforts to establish women’s authority from their landing in New York from Manchester in 1774. The Shaker experience illuminates the troubled, contingent, and fundamentally disunified idea of an American union in contour and counterpoint, and in prologue to the 19th-century heterodoxies of Mary Baker Eddy, Ellen White, Helena Blavatsky and other women whose political agency took forms of ecstatic prophecy, alternative theology, and visionary epistemology. Diverse in doctrine, these women align in their similar relation to structures of power and strategies for critiquing those structures. This conference, hosted jointly by Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, invites papers in history, literature, theology, gender studies, American studies, and other areas of the humanities and social sciences about any aspect of women’s religious experience in the United States in the late 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries; the intersection of religious and political contexts for women; the bearing of that intersection upon the suffrage movement, the prohibition movement, and other causes; and literary and visual representations of women’s political and religious commitments during the period. Papers on the antecedents or after-effects of these themes in the earlier 18th or later 20th-21st centuries are also welcome.

Please email an abstract of no more than 200 words to Professor Katie Boswell at [email protected] by September 1, 2016.

Call for Submissions: Public Anthropology Conference
Sep 1 all-day

The Department of Anthropology at American University would like to invite submissions for participation for the 13th annual Public Anthropology Conference.  The theme of the 2016 conference is “Creating Dialogues between Social Movements & Academia”.  Please help us spread the word by sharing this email with your colleagues and students.  We welcome submissions of all kinds, including panels, papers, workshops, dialogues, posters, films, etc. The conference is free and all are welcome to attend and participate.  Non-anthropologists and those active in social movements are especially encouraged to participate.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. 

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2016

To submit proposals or questions, please email [email protected]  

Submit Your Video for the International Day of Peace!
Sep 1 all-day

The Education Outreach Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information invites young people from around the world between the ages of 15 and 24 to submit 10- to 15-second videos in English on how the Sustainable Development Goals can build peace. When making your videos, think about why ending poverty, addressing climate change, forging equality and ensuring access to education are important to creating a more peaceful world.

The most engaging videos will be featured on the United Nations International Day of Peace YouTube channel. Some will even be shown at an official event at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 16 September.

We will be posting selected clips at from 13 June (the start of the 100 day countdown) through 21 September, the International Day of Peace.

When you make your video, please state your name and country at the beginning. [Example: “My name is Jimena, and I’m from Peru.”] And remember that all videos should be appropriate for viewing by younger audiences.

We’ll be accepting your submissions from now until 1 September. So start sending your videos to [email protected] today!

Background: The International Day of Peace falls on 21 September. Every year on this day, the United Nations calls on the people of the world to remember their common humanity and join together to build a future free of strife. The theme for 2016, “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”, highlights how ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for everyone, all contribute to global harmony. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at a historic summit in September 2015.

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Hashtags: #PeaceDay #GlobalGoals

AERA Grants Program competition
Sep 15 all-day

AERA announces an extended deadline for the Fall 2016 AERA Grants Program competition. The program is currently accepting proposals for both Dissertation and Research Grants until Thursday, September 15, 2016. The AERA Grants Program, with support from the National Science Foundation, provides small grants for conducting studies of education policy and practice using federally-funded, large-scale data sets. Proposals are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

Below are short descriptions of each competition, along with links to the respective Calls for Proposals.

AERA Grants Program

AERA Dissertation Grants. AERA provides dissertation support for advanced doctoral students to undertake doctoral dissertations using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Dissertation Grants are awarded for one-year for an amount of up to $20,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, September 15, 2016.


AERA Research Grants. AERA provides small grants for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars to undertake quantitative research using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Research Grants are awarded for one or two years, for an amount of up to $35,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, September 15, 2016.
We have previously had success asking organizations that are part of the education research community to assist us in promoting the program to relevant segments of their membership. While we widely disseminate this to our own membership and other groups as well, we aim to reach the broadest possible audience of qualified scholars.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via email ([email protected]) or phone (202-238-3200) if you have any questions regarding our program. I greatly appreciate any assistance you may be able to provide.

Filmmakers without Borders: Bhutan
Sep 15 all-day

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides fully-funded overseas fellowships to filmmakers/art educators to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology to underserved students in Africa, Asia, & Latin America.
– Live and teach in Thimphu, Bhutan for 10-12 months
– Teach filmmaking, media literacy, & 21st century technology skills to students for ~25 hours/week
– Shoot/edit x10+ video vignettes
– Shoot/edit x2 short film projects
– Flights provided
– Housing provided
– Food provided
– Equipment provided

Other Fellowships: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Honduras, India, Morocco, Navajo Nation, Nepal, Tanzania, Thailand


Apply at by September 15th!

Oman Research Fellowship
Sep 15 all-day

SQCC supports and encourages advanced research on Oman across a variety of academic disciplines through the Research Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, this program funds scholars across several academic disciplines to conduct research in the Sultanate of Oman.

The fellowship is offered annually, and is open to Ph.D candidates and university academics who are US citizens or affiliated with an American university.

The fellowship awards up to $51,000 for the fellow or team of fellows.
How to Apply
Submit completed application form and supporting materials via website. Have references also submit their letters of recommendation via form.

The deadline to apply for the Research Fellowship Program is September 15, 2016. The deadline for submission of letters of recommendation is September 18, 2016.

Texas Applied Anthropology Summit @ Texas State University
Sep 17 all-day

The summit will be a full-day event, with professional workshops, invited panels representing different sectors of applied anthropology, and a keynote speaker. Our goal is to bring together professionals, across a variety of industries and settings, to enable new conversations and collaborations around applied cultural anthropology. We also want to provide students an opportunity to learn first-hand from professionals who are using their anthropological knowledge and skills in their work outside of academia.

Registration is only $20–breakfast, lunch, and full-admission to all conference events included. Further details and the initial program, can be found at:

Registration begins July 2016! We will send a separate registration announcement in July and a reminder at the beginning of the school year. We hope to see you and your students at the summit!

Pre-Columbian Society Symposium: Divine Kingship @ U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C. Symposium


On September 17, the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C. invites you to explore with us the important connections between the sacred and political manifestations of rulership across the ancient pre-Columbian world.  Scholars who specialize in the ideology of rulership will assess the applicability of divine kingship and will examine how rulers used this concept to legitimate their authority.  Speakers include the following scholars: Brian Bauer, University of Illinois at Chicago (Inca); Luis Jaime Castillo, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (Moche); Lori Boornazian Diel, Texas Christian University (Aztec); Patrick Hajovsky, Southwestern University (Aztec); Takeshi Inomata, University of Arizona (Maya), and Simon Martin, University of Pennsylvania (Maya).

This one-day symposium will take place at the U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, September 17, 2016.  Registration information is available on the PCS website,

Call for Papers: Semiotic Society of America 41st Annual Meeting
Sep 28 – Oct 2 all-day
September 28–October 2, 2016 / Delray Beach, Florida

The Semiotic Society of America welcomes abstracts on any subject with a connection to semiotics. We apply semiotic theories and insights to disciplines as diverse as anthropology, the arts, biology, cognitive science, communication, cybernetics, education, ethics, law, literary criticism, linguistics, marketing, media studies, mathematics, pedagogy, philosophy, religion, and technology.

Please visit EasyChair at:

The deadline for submission is May 8, 2016.

Only one submission per author is permitted. There is no limit on the number of times a person may Chair or Respond to a session. (If you have any problems accessing the website, please contact us). Please use Times New Roman in font size 12 and include the following information in your submission:

  1. Author’s name (as it will be listed in the program)
  2. Author’s email & institutional affiliation
  3. Add other authors as indicated above
  4. At the time of submitting an organized session, the individual abstracts for each paper must be submitted
  5. Title of abstract (maximum 15 words)
  6. 150-word abstract as it will be printed in the program
  7. Keywords (maximum 6 words)

Abstracts for individual papers or panels and organized sessions (3-4 papers) must include all of the above information. Papers are for a 20-minute presentation. Early submission of abstracts and proposals is highly recommended. An acknowledgement of receipt of your abstract will be sent to you within two weeks from the date of receipt. Electronic letters of acceptance will be sent to the selected participants by June 30, 2016.

Papers presented at the meeting will also be considered for publication in Semiotics 2016, the Yearbook of the Semiotic Society of America. The SSA Yearbook is an annual peer-reviewed publication series sponsored by the Semiotic Society of America, providing both a timely overview of current developments in semiotic research and a regular outlet for members of the Society to publish papers on their current work. Further details and deadlines will be specified in the Annual Meeting Program.

Student submissions are eligible for the Roberta Kevelson Award, which will honor the best student paper presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting. Students who wish to be considered for the Kevelson Award should indicate their interest in their abstract submissions, and submit their full papers to Dr. Gilad Elbom by September 1, 2016.

To join the Society and register for the conference, please visit or call: +01-434-220-3300, Toll Free: 1-800-444-2419 (US & Canada).


The 41st SSA Annual Meeting will take place at the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel, 10 North Ocean Boulevard, Delray Beach, Florida 33483. To make your room reservations, please go to the customized Group Web Link: Book your group rate for Semiotic Society of America or call the Reservations Department 1-561-274-3200. We encourage you to make your reservation by August 28, 2016. After this date, it will be at the Delray Beach Marriott’s discretion whether to accept reservations, which will be subject to prevailing rates and availability. Please follow the link to Semiotic Society of America when making your registration to receive the special rate of $160.00 per night (single or double room), including complimentary guest-room wireless Internet access.

Membership and Registration Fees

Please note that in accordance with Article 4, Section 4 of the SSA Constitution: “Only Individual, Student, and Honorary members in good standing may offer papers to the Program Committee for presentation at the meeting of the Society.” Membership must be in good standing at or before the time of abstract submission.

Membership Fees:

  • SSA Membership Dues (Regular) $50.00
  • SSA Membership Dues (Student) $30.00

Conference Registration Fees:

  • Conference Registration (Regular) $175.00 (late registration $200.00 after August 21, 2016)
  • Conference Registration (Student) $80.00 (late registration $90.00 after August 21, 2016)

Meals Fee (includes the following):       $130

  • Breakfast (3 days)
  • Lunch (3 days)
  • Beverage Service (3 days)
  • Dinner Banquet (1 night)
  • Welcome Reception with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar