Sunday, 10 November
Sareeta Amrute is the Director of Research at Data & Society and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research is focused on the integration of humans and technologies, particularly how race and class are revisited and remade in sites of new economy work such as coding and software economies.
Sareeta’s recent book Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin, is a rich ethnographic study of the relationship between labor, Indian technical work, and migration regimes in global corporate coding work. She shows how “knowledge work” or “cognitive labor” are deeply embodied, materialized, and racialized in the everyday practices of work and the larger context of workers’ lives. The book was awarded 2017 Diana Forsythe Prize in the anthropology of science, technology, and medicine, awarded jointly by the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing and the Society for the Anthropology of Work.
Sareeta has also published on humor, ethics, violence against women in cars in India, and the racial harassment of programmers in the United States. She is currently developing an illustrated guide to ethics in technology industries and pursuing new research on labor and cashlessness as a capitalist and developmentalist project for India. Sareeta received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and her BA in Art History from Columbia University.
Monday, 11 November
Zach Lieberman is an artist, researcher and educator with a simple goal: he wants you surprised. In his work, he creates performances and installations that take human gesture as input and amplify them in different ways—making drawings come to life, imagining what the voice might look like if we could see it, transforming peoples silhouettes into music. He’s been listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People and his projects have won the Golden Nica from Ars Electronica, Interactive Design of the Year from Design Museum London as well as listed in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year. He creates artwork through writing software, is a co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding, and helped co-found the School for Poetic Computation, a school examining the lyrical possibilities of code. His website is zach.li and he’s active on Instagram and Twitter.
Tuesday, 12 November
An anthropologist, Simon considers himself to have the best job in the world: researching the emerging frontiers of people and technology and trying to land that understanding with impact in complex environments. His career began with a PhD on the satellite TV revolution in mid 1990s India. He started the UK’s first dedicated ethnographic research company, Ideas Bazaar before leading an R&D team at Intel’s Digital Health Group. In 2013, Simon co-founded Stripe Partners, a strategy and innovation consultancy which support teams working on near-term product launches and longer-range strategy engagements. We help our clients decide what to do now and what to do next.
Simon has long been connected with the world of business anthropology and first attended EPIC in 2005 when it was a small ‘coming out party’ for practitioners looking for like-minded people. In the years since he’s curated, reviewed, attended and chaired the conference in Savannah and London. He writes and speaks widely on anthropology, ethnography and technology, and his work has been covered by Bloomberg, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC Radio 4, Quartz, and The Daily Telegraph. His book on embodied knowledge, Hard Wired: How Our Bodies Acquire Knowledge and Why We Should Learn to Trust our Instincts, will be published by Bonnier in 2020. He’s also written an important body of work on epicpeople.org.