What’s happening at EPIC2022?

“Every EPIC conference I’ve been to has been different and every single one has been fantastic in its own way. Consistently one of the best things in my professional life for over a decade.”
—Elena O’Curry, Senior UX Researcher, Google

The EPIC2022 program offers many formats for sharing, learning, and connecting. This page is an overview of program formats. Use the following links for to see:


Learning & Networking Online: October 2–6

Pangaea

We’re coming back to Pangaea (other aliases: Terra, Pathable), our global, virtual gathering space and 24/7 ethnographic jamboree! Open to all attendees during Oct 2–12, the platform is designed to connect us around the world, with programming for all time zones. It hosts our community, programming, conversations, exhibits, and friendly help whenever you need it.

Tutorials

Ethnographers never stop learning, whether we’re new to the field, growing into leadership roles, sharpening expertise, or shifting domains. Tutorials are mini-courses taught in small groups by experts in the EPIC community during October 3–7. Pre-registration required.
Go to Tutorials Program

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Community Events

Creative learning & networking events devised by EPIC members. You can also use attendee profiles, filtering, tags, chat boards, and messaging to explore or do targeted networking. We’re a famously warm, generous community, and we work hard to connect you.
→ Stay tuned for the program!


Main Program in Amsterdam: October 9–12

For virtual attendees: keynotes and several Paper, Case Study and PechaKucha sessions will be livestreamed. Video of all presentations will be posted on our conference platform.

Keynotes

Distinguished experts offer new sources of inspiration, understanding, and critique. They illuminate important aspects of our social world and provoke us to see from different points of view.

Astrid Countee and Miriam Lueck Avery on an EPIC panel

Open Space & Town Halls

Open Space is a fluid framework in which participants create agendas and work in parallel thematic sessions. In Town Halls, hosts will get us started with reflections and provocations that have emerged from the program, then turn the mic over to the you.

Papers

Papers drive innovation and debate in ethnographic practice. They address issues and challenges that bridge our varied contexts and organizations, and advance core ethnographic principles. They are selected through competitive, anonymous review.

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Case Studies

Case studies showcase ethnographic impact: what we did, how we did it, why it mattered, and value of the work is calibrated. They take us “under the hood” of challenges across private, public, and nonprofit sectors. They are selected through competitive, anonymous review.
Case Studies in the EPIC Library

sam ladner performing a pechakucha

PechaKucha

This unique storytelling format combines visual and spoken narratives. Presentations explore ethnography and professional issues in pithy, provocative, or poignant ways. PechaKucha are selected through competitive, anonymous review.
Watch a PechaKucha

mural in batman alley, sao paulo. mona lisa with a batman hood

Wildcards

The committee invited creative proposals of any kind—and the result is a mix of visual, interactive, contemplative and other unique engagements. They are selected through competitive, anonymous review.