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Apr 7 all-day

EPIC2017 theme Perspectives examines the possibilities of vantage points for achieving excellence in ethnographic practices. The conference will reflect on the implications of widening or narrowing scope, shifting positions, finding muses elsewhere, forming hybridities, or subverting norms to create value, solve problems, achieve goals and meet challenges that we face as individuals, businesses and world citizens. Read the conference theme.

The program committee invites submissions of proposals for Papers, Case Studies, PechaKucha, and Film/Animation presentations that embody the spirit of Perspectives (Salons and Tutorials will be part of the EPIC2017 program, but organized by invitation). Contributions should draw on theoretical advances in social science research (or other ethnography-informed disciplines), coupled with applied best practices from professional fields, to strike new directions for creating and implementing knowledge and affecting change.

We encourage contributions from any of the variety of fields that create/apply ethnography, including: the social sciences & humanities, business strategy, marketing, product management, design, UX/usability, AGILE/Lean, HCI/CSCW, informatics, communications, policy, education, government, defense, international development, data science, leadership, organizational design, change management, technology, software engineering, healthcare and more.


Acceptance notification – June 9, 2017
First draft submission – July 17, 2017
Final submissions – October 7, 2017

Review Process & Requirements

  • Individuals are permitted to submit only a single proposal (Paper, Case Study, PechaKucha, or Film/Animation) as author or co-author, so please choose carefully.
  • Proposals for Papers go through a double-blind peer review process overseen by the Paper Committee. Case Studies, PechaKucha, and Film/Animation are juried (blind) by committee.
  • EPIC prides itself on a high standard of written and presented material. Authors of successful submissions are expected to agree to a series of deadlines for submission of draft versions of their papers. We recommend authors ensure they have the necessary time required and permissions to write for publication before submitting.
  • At least one co-author must register for and attend EPIC2017 to present their work.
  • Papers and Case Studies will be published in the open-access journal Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings (ISSN 1559-8918) and on (access 12 years of EPIC Proceedings here), for which purpose all co-authors are required to sign an author agreement. All presenters and must sign media agreements that allow EPIC to video record conference events and share video on