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Evolving Conversations on Open Access: Oysters and Adventures at AAA

by Donna Lanclos The 2014 American Anthropological Association meetings for me consisted of a long and occasionally ranty (on my part) conversation about Open Access publishing. My conversations at the 2013 meetings in Chicago around OA hinted at high levels of anxiety and also misinformation among academics in anthropology about what OA is, what is at stake, what it might look like, and the impact it might have on their professional success. I had hoped that in the course of a year those negative feelings would shift a bit, especially with the relatively high-visibility experiments in OA at Cultural Anthropology,…

Calling for an End to Sexual Harassment in Fieldwork

by Kathy Baxter, User Experience Researcher, Google At the AAA conference I attended the roundtable discussion “Getting Anthropology Closer to Zero: Collaborating to Reduce Sexual Harassment in Anthropology.” Not being an anthropologist myself, I didn’t know that many anthropology programs require students to spend time in the field. Depending on the school/department, students may conduct fieldwork in another country, sometimes in a remote outpost, alone or with a small team (20 or less), supervised by one leader or advisor. I learned that sexual harassment of women and gay men is a shockingly pervasive, long-standing problem in these scenarios. Last year…

EPIC Membership: Growing Community, Advancing Value

Earlier this year, we launched epicpeople.org as our first effort to expand the charter of EPIC. For ten years, EPIC has focused on hosting an annual conference that has brought together hundreds of practitioners of ethnography from around the world. While our annual conference gives people the chance to spend a few days with industry and academic colleagues in an excellent setting, the conference doesn’t begin to address the opportunities we have to hear and to learn from one another on a year-around basis. We believe there is an important opportunity to establish EPIC as the first professional organization committed…

Johannes Suikkanen / A Profile

by Phil Bickerdike, Swinburne University I caught up with Johannes Suikkanen after he returned to Helsinki from EPIC2014 in New York City to discuss his career, ethnographic praxis and the future of the EPIC community. Johannes co-founded Gemic, a human-centric strategy and innovation consultancy, about six years ago – and it has been a fascinating journey. Johannes first encountered the intersection between the worlds of business and anthropology as a student. Coming from a family that was deeply interested in humanities, his rebellion against his parents was to go to business school. Originally focusing on economics and traditional management science, he faced a dilemma:…

Elizabeth F. Churchill / A Profile

Part of an on-going series profiling people, institutions and programs in the EPIC People community. by Katharina Rochjadi, Swinburne University of Technology At 7 am sharp on a Monday morning, Skype broke the silence with an incoming call. On the line was an affable, well-spoken woman with a British accent. It was Elizabeth Churchill, a familiar name in the EPIC community and a founding member of its steering committee. It was a great pleasure to speak with such a prominent figure in ethnographic praxis. Elizabeth is Executive Vice President of ACM SIGCHI and Director of User Experience at Google. Until…