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Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference

Today’s guest blog post is by Dr. Inga Treitler of Anthropology Imagination LLC.

The eighth annual meeting of the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) was hosted in October by the Savannah College of Art and Design,  (SCAD).

EPIC 2012 featured a wide range of ethnographic applications in industry, policy making and design, with contributions from Asia, Latin America, Europe, and North America. Contributions in Savannah spoke to the theme of renewal based on experiences in different contexts (academia, business, NGO, government), different industries (technology, healthcare, consumer goods, advertising) and different purposes (product innovation, strategy, collaboration, communications, policy making).

Over the years, in the interest of expanding and promoting an ongoing conversation beyond the conference event, we have experimented with different media for capturing the ideas in different formats. This year thanks to the highly energetic and creative team of local supporters we have made our first foray into building a video library, which includes selected presenters as well as Emily Pilloton’s inspirational keynote. For the second year running, we have a hearty set of   podcast papers, thanks to SapientNitro and to our podcast editor, Thomas Wingo.  And as every year, EPICs papers, workshops, artifacts, papers and transcribed keynotes are collected in the edited proceedings to be found at AnthroSource.

Happy listening, happy viewing, happy reading, and above all happy thinking and doing. And please… submit your contributions and join us next year in London.


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