What’s happening at EPIC2019?

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.

This is an overview. Detailed daily schedule of sessions & presentations here.


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. EPIC2019 Panels


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.

EPIC2019 Film Program

Interactive Sessions



Mini-courses taught by experts in the EPIC community. Pre-registration required. EPIC2019 Tutorials Program


Breakout discussions on key topics in ethnographic practice. Pre-registration required. EPIC2019 Salons Program


Multi-media installations invite you to experience ethnographic practice in new ways. Drop in and explore! EPIC2019 Installations

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. Check out the Portfolio Review Group at Monday Breakfast.

Session Types At a Glance

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 AttendeesSpecial Registration Required
Keynote    ✓ 
Panels    ✓ 
Papers    ✓ 
Case Studies    ✓ 
PechaKucha    ✓ 
Film    ✓ 
Gallery    ✓ 
World Cafe    ✓

Welcome Reception    ✓ 
Portfolio Review Group    ✓
Meals in Market Square    ✓ 
Tutorials $100, lunch included
Salons Free, lunch included
Conference Dinner $60