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.

The colloquium is designed for PhD and Master’s students engaged in supervised thesis research in 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. This research should involve the application of ethnographic theory and method in the context of business and industry—including profit, nonprofit, and public sectors.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 colloquium. Please stay tuned for next year!

Registration & Fees

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