I could tell you how many steps make up the streets rising like stairways, and of the degree of the arcades' curves, and what kind of zinc scales cover the roofs; but I already know this would be the same as telling you nothing. The city does not consist of this, but of relationships between the measurements of its space and the events of its past...A description of Zaira as it is today should contain all Zaira's past. -Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Friday, May 27, 2005

Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference

The call for submissions for the 1st Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) has just gone out. Here is the info:

Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC)
November 14-15, 2005
Microsoft Corporation Conference Center
Redmond, WA

Introducing the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC). This conference aims to bring together people who are actively thinking about the theoretical and methodological development of ethnography in industry practice. We want to draw participants 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 for this year's conference looks at understanding "sociality" from an ethnographic perspective as applied to industry. The collective nature of humans is often over looked in much of the research by industry. Ethnographic understandings, however, frequently point to the importance of the collective nature of people. We will be seeking papers that address methods, theory and innovative practices around the theme of sociality, as well as workshops of interest to the community. Call for paper abstracts is open until is June 17, 2005 and the call for posters is open until September 1, 2005.

This conference will be limited to 200 people and participation will be on a first come, first serve basis beyond the accepted papers. The registration link can be reached via the website http://www.epic2005.com, or can be reached directly through https://secure.aaanet.org/epic/. Special thanks to AAA for sponsoring registration.

Conference Fees:
General - $100
NAPA members - $75 (National Association of Practicing Anthropology)
Students - $50

Further information can be found at:

ken anderson & Tracey Lovejoy (co-organizers)
ken.anderson@Intel.com & traceylo@microsoft.com
Advisory Council: Jeanette Blomberg, Alexandra Mack, Rick Robinson, Nina Wakeford, Christina Wasson
This year's conference is jointly sponsored by: Intel & Microsoft

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