Call for Participation!

→ Application Deadline August 1

In recognition of COVID-19 slowdowns, we are briefly re-opening the call for participants in this year’s EPIC graduate colloquium.

The EPIC2020 Colloquium is a unique opportunity for graduate students to share and get feedback on their research projects, meet senior colleagues in related fields and industries, and build a supportive cohort of fellow graduate students. Co-facilitators Jay Hasbrouck (Pathfinder/Anthropologist at Facebook, Seattle, USA) and Annette Markham (Professor at Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT, Australia) will guide a student cohort through a three-day series of events in the week preceding the main conference:

  • Monday, October 19 (partial day)
  • Wednesday, October 20 (partial day)
  • Thursday, October 22 (virtual field trip to meet with leading scholars at the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT University)

During these three days, participants will discuss their work with each other and facilitators, attend workshops by senior scholars, and consider future plans together. Participants will be expected to give short, informal presentations of their doctoral or masters research during the Colloquium, to be followed by discussion and feedback. Events will be scheduled to accommodate time zones of all participants.

Students will also have access to the entire EPIC2020 program—the premier international conference on ethnography in business, bringing together practitioners and scholars across every industry. This year the conference and colloquium are virtual events, giving graduate students a unique opportunity to connect with people around the world whom they might not otherwise approach in a large conference hall. The program includes plenary and concurrent sessions, excellent networking opportunities, interactive sessions and tutorials.

To apply to the graduate colloquium, please answer a few questions related to your location and interests (instructions below) and submit an overview of your project. Accepted applicants will receive further details about participation, special facilitators, and events.

Who should apply?

PhD and Master’s students engaged in supervised thesis research are invited to apply. We welcome applicants from a broad range of disciplines, including (but by no means limited to) social science, humanities, cognitive science, design, computer science/HCI, organizational studies, and related fields.

Applicants’ research should involve the application of ethnographic theory and method in the context of business and industry—including profit, nonprofit, and public sectors. Selection will be based on the overall quality of the application and relevance to the EPIC mission of promoting the integration of social and cultural perspectives, theory, and method into business and organizational practice. Submissions are reviewed by committee.

Preparing Your Submission

The submissions form requires the following information:

  • Name, affiliation, email
  • Location/time zone
  • Title of your project/thesis
  • 500-word overview of your doctoral or masters research, including a statement of your research problem or rationale, research questions and methods, the status of current work, and expected contributions to your field of interest
  • A brief statement of career objectives, 150-word maximum. These may be either practice or academic related
  • A brief statement of Colloquium goals, 150-word maximum. This should describe what you hope to gain from attending
  • A brief biographical sketch, 150-word maximum
  • Social media you would be willing to use for this colloquium

If the application process or any of this information is not accessible to you, please contact us.

Registration & Fees

Participants in the Graduate Colloquium must register for EPIC2020. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about registration and fees.

Important Dates

  • DEADLINE for submission: August 1, 2020
  • Acceptance notifications: August 15, 2020
  • Conference registration deadline: September 1, 2020
  • Colloquium: week of October 19–22
  • EPIC2020: October 19–28