Main Program

“The challenges facing our organizations call for innovation rooted in deep cultural understanding of the people we serve. EPIC is the conference that has helped me the most in learning about the approaches, methods, and frameworks to achieve that understanding.”

ROBIN KWONG, Wall Street Journal

Program Overview

Los Angeles | August 18–21

The 2024 Main Program offers diverse formats to inform, inspire, and challenge us. We invite you to explore the range of sessions developed by our brilliant and creative program committees. Click here to jump to the high-level schedule.

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Papers

Peer-reviewed papers drive innovation and debate, offering new frameworks and syntheses that advance ethnography and interdisciplinary collaboration. Presented in Thematic Sessions.

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Case Studies

Peer-reviewed case studies showcase ethnographic impact, going “under the hood” to learn from key projects that created value for business, organizations, and communities. Presented in Thematic Sessions.

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PechaKucha

This unique storytelling format combines visual and spoken narrative to explore important professional and social issues. Presented in Thematic Sessions.

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Interactive Experiences

Real-time, co-creative activities that engage and provoke attendees in collective learning and exploration.

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Artistic Interventions

Explore art that creates new narratives and perspectives to promote critical and generative thinking through a range of media.

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Salons

In these lively sessions, take on key topics in small groups with inspiring facilitators. Pre-registration is required.

Salons Program

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Keynotes

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

Graduate Colloquium

A program for Master’s and PhD students to present their work and explore professional pathways.

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Social & Networking

Our Welcome Reception, Conference Dinner, and networking sessions foster warm connections and just plain fun.

Schedule

All sessions in the Main Program, except the Conference Dinner at the Santa Monica Pier, take place at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. Read about our venues here.

Sunday, Aug 18

8:30–1:30

Graduate Colloquium ▸
(by invitation)

1:00–2:30

Sound Worlds: Soundwalk ▸

4:00–5:00

Panel
Salons ▸

5:00–7:00

Opening Reception
& Exhibition!

Monday, Aug 19

8:30–9:00
Coffee & Light Breakfast

9:00–5:30
Artistic Interventions ▸

9:00–9:30
EPIC2024 Kickoff

9:30–10:30
Keynote: David Burns & Austin Young ▸

10:30–11:00
Refreshment Break

11:00–12:30
Thematic Sessions ▸

12:30–2:00
Lunch

2:00–3:30
Thematic Sessions ▸

3:30–4:00
Refreshment Break

4:00–5:30
Thematic Sessions ▸

Tuesday, Aug 20

8:30–9:00
Coffee & Light Breakfast

9:00–5:30
Artistic Interventions ▸

9:00–9:30
Fireside Chat: Atlassian

9:30–10:30
Keynote:
Charmaine Chua ▸

10:30–11:00
Refreshment Break

11:00–12:30
Thematic Sessions ▸

12:30–2:00
Lunch

2:00–5:30
Thematic Sessions ▸
Salons ▸
Bodystorming AI ▸
Knowledge Artifacts ▸
(refreshment break 3:30–4:00)

6:30–9:00
Conference Dinner ▸
$90, buy your ticket with conference registration

Wednesday, Aug 21

8:30–9:00
Coffee & Light Breakfast

9:00–9:30
Fireside Chat: dscout

9:30–10:30
Keynote:
Maria Bezaitis ▸

11:00–12:00
Refreshment Break

11:00–12:00
Panel

12:00–12:30
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