Business and design anthropology sessions at the March 2019 Society for Applied Anthropology conference

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The preliminary program for the March 2019 Society for Applied Anthropology meetings is now available online. Here’s a list of the sessions that will discuss topics in business and design anthropology, including a few I’ll be participating in or organizing. Let me know if you plan to be there and we can meet up!

Tuesday March 19th

1:30-3:20 pm
Negotiating the Boundaries of Anthropological Expertise in Portland’s Tech Sector
Chair: Mrinalini Tankha (Portland State U)
Roundtable participants: Todd Harple (Intel), Ken Anderson (Intel), Amy Santee (Design Research Consultant), Tony Salvador (Intel), Jacquelin Suzuki (Mado), Mrinalini Tankha (Portland State U)Wednesday March 20th

10:00-11:50 am
When the Models Break Down, What’s a Business Anthropologist to Do?
Chair: Ken Erickson (U South Carolina)
Presenters: Ken Erickson (U South Carolina): Desktop Printers and the Lan House in Brazil: Seeking New Questions in Settings of Political and Economic Precarity; Jo Yung and Jason Eng (Independent): Perception and Expectation: How Video Technology Changes Video Ethnography in Corporate Research in Asia; Dawn Rivers (UNCCH): Self-Employment across Cultures: Escape from Neoliberal Labor Markets; Michael Powell (Grit Grocery): Insight Or Noise?: Ethnography In & Of a Startup Grocery Store; Maryann McCabe (Cultural Connections LLC): Materiality and Embodiment: Doing the Laundry and Dressing the Body

3:30-5:20 pm
The Application of Design Anthropology to Website Design: A Case Study on the Redesign of the NAPA Website with Implications for All Anthropology Associations
Chair: Gigi Taylor and Beth Holland (U North Texas)
Discussant: Terry Redding (NAPA)
Presenters: Gigi Taylor and Beth Holland (U North Texas): The Socialization of Practicing Anthropologists: The Role Played by NAPA and Other Professional Organizations; Morgan Kainu (U North Texas): User Experience of Anthropology Faculty Members: The Functionality of NAPA’s Website; Michele Snider (U North Texas): The User Experience of Anthropology Students: Challenges and Recommendations for the NAPA Website; Skye O’Neill (U North Texas): The General User’s Perspective of NAPA’s Website: Expectations and Experiences

Wednesday March 21st

10:00-11:50 am
Codifying Corporate Culture
Chair: Angela Ramer (HKS Architects)
Roundtable Participants: Kevin Newton (LinkedIn), Logan McLaughlin (McLaughlin Ethnography), Shane Pahl (ABCO Refrigeration Supply Corp), Angela Ramer (HKS Architects), Amy Santee (Design Research Consultant)Friday March 23rd

8:00 – 9:50 am
Engaging with a Culture of Practice: Our Beginnings in the Tech Sector
Chair: Kathi Kitner (Google)
Roundtable participants: Anne P. McClard (Independent), Jay Hasbrouck (Filament Insight & Innovation), Ken Anderson (Intel), Dawn Nafus (Intel), Hsain Ilahiane (MS State U)

12:00 – 1:20 pm
The Struggle Is Real: Making the Business Case for Anthropology and Ethnography in Corporate Contexts
Chair: Amy Santee (Design Research Consultant)
Roundtable Participants: Dawn Nafus (Intel), Giles Harrison-Conwill (Google), Gigi Taylor (Luminosity Research), Ian Lowrie (Portland State U), Jamie Sherman (Intel)

3:30 – 5:20 pm
Business Anthropologists: From Researchers to Corporate Strategists
Chair: Mrinalini Tankha (Portland State U)
Roundtable Participants: Ken Anderson (Intel), Carolyn Hou (Independent), Josef Wieland (Gemic), Danyel Rios (Google), Renee Chin (Intel), Mrinalini Tankha (Portland State U)

Saturday March 24th

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Geekout Vol. 4: User Experience (UX) Research Methods Jamboree (Workshop, Fee $50)
Organizer: Marc Hebert (San Francisco Human Serv Agency)

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