What’s happening at EPIC2019?

Session details will be announced in July. Preliminary Schedule here.

The EPIC program offers many formats for sharing, learning, and connecting. Like ethnographers in the field, attendees have opportunities to pursue their own areas of interest as well as be inspired or challenged by diverse people, practices, and ideas. Check out our published conference proceedings (open access) and video library (members).

Presentation Sessions


Luminaries from diverse fields us inspire and provoke us with new perspectives. EPIC2019 Keynotes


Panels bring experts with different perspectives into conversation with each other and the audience.


Deep dives that advance our field at the intersection of theory and practice.

Watch a Paper Presentation

Case Studies

Showcase examples of how ethnography addresses specific product, service, or organizational challenge.

Watch a Case Study


Visually engaging, narrative performances that explore core issues and professional challenges in creative ways.

Watch a PechaKucha


Screenings and discussion explore the many ways ethnographers use film to interpret data and share insights.

Interactive Sessions



Mini-courses taught by experts in the EPIC community. Pre-registration required.


Small-group breakout discussions with inspiring hosts foster candid interactions and new ideas. Pre-registration required (starts July).


Diverse, multi-media installations invite you to experience ethnographic practice in new ways.

Social & Networking

Welcome Reception

We’ll kick off EPIC by connecting with people and art at the outstanding RISD Museum.

Conference Dinner

We’ll fill this incredible historic building at WaterFire Arts Center with music, food & dancing.Advance registration required.

Tickets & Info

Market Square

We’ll share coffee, breakfast & lunch in a historic site that saw a crucial colonial tax protest in 1775 and the arrest of Emma Goldman for speaking publicly there in 1897.

Building Your Schedule

Your main conference registration includes “open sessions,” which you’re free to pick and choose on site. Tutorials, Salons, and the Conference Dinner require additional pre-registration (through the same registration portal).

Session TypeOpen to All AttendeesAdditional Registration Required
Case Studies 
Welcome Reception 
Meals in Market Square 
Tutorials $100, registration opens July
Salons Free, registration opens July
Conference Dinner $60, registration opens April 30