The 2012 Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference, themed "Renewal," will be held on October 14-17 at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. For more information visit www.epiconference.com/2012.
According to EPIC:
The Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) aims to bring together people who are actively thinking about the theoretical and methodological development of ethnography in industry practice. We want to draw people who are both working in industry, as well as those who consult or collaborate with industry. We are aiming to create a collaborative venue where those practicing their ethnographic training in the corporate setting can benefit from mutual support and sharing information.
The theme of this year's conference, our 8th annual gathering, is Renewal. In our current period of economic, political and social turmoil, we felt it important to take time to reflect on the context that we are working in, and to ask how that context may (or ought?) to shape our work. Are we agents of renewal? Are we ourselves renewed?
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), our host for this year's gathering, provides an ideal backdrop for these reflections. SCAD has long contributed to the renewal of Savannah, a gracious southern city that exemplifies the dynamic and sometimes uneasy relationship between change, stability and stasis.
Our hope is that this theme plays out both on stage and off; in the hallway conversations, the Q&A and out in the city itself. We hope that this context of renewal will encourage attendees to reflect on their own contribution to the field of applied ethnography and on the role of EPIC in pushing our community forward.