Call for Videos–Applied Video Festival at the Society for Applied Anthropology

Call for Videos–Applied Video Festival at the Society for Applied
Anthropology, Seattle 2011

The Society for Applied Anthropology will hold a one-day Applied Video
Festival at the 71st Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. The
festival is on April 1, 2011. One video producer will win a cash prize
of $250 and free registration ($120) to attend the conference.

This open call for video submissions welcomes all genres ranging from
the ethnographic to the expository and experimental. We welcome
submissions that address in form or content the mission of the SfAA.
The awardee will have produced a video that deftly balances applied
investigations with provocative videographical storytelling. To enter
the competition, please submit a short or long format video on DVD to
the address below. The winner must be present at the conference to
collect the award and be available for a question and answer session
after the screening of the film. There is no student award. Videos
will have been finished after 2009.

Along with your DVD submission please send an email with a 100 word
abstract to Adam Fish at and Darby C Stapp at with the subject heading: SfAA Video Festival.
The deadline to submit the video is February 1, 2011. Individuals who
have submitted a paper/poster abstract for the Program, may also
submit a video for the Applied Video Festival.

Conference Location:
Hyatt Regency
Society for Applied Anthropology
71st Annual Meeting
March 29-April 2, 2011

Conference information is found at
Please send DVDs here:
Darby C. Stapp, PhD
Seattle 2011 Program Chair
P.O. Box 1721
Richland, WA 99352

Job Announcement: Ethnographer at Pitney Bowes



The Concept Studio is a customer-centered innovation group with the mission of providing Pitney Bowes with rich customer and market insights to discover new business opportunities and guide decision-making.

Our multi-disciplinary team of designers, strategists and technologists collaborate with Pitney Bowes business units in fast-paced projects, to identify unmet needs and market opportunities and to shape those insights into tangible B2B product and service innovations.

We currently have an opening for a social scientist with expertise in the anthropology of work, ethnographic research, and data analysis and synthesis. If you are a highly motivated researcher who can apply qualitative data to business design and development, we would like to hear from you.


  • Design and develop research plans and materials including participant criteria and screeners, discussion guides, behavioral analyses, usability protocols, visual diaries, etc.
  • Conduct customer-centered research with the purpose of understanding the unmet needs of customers (articulated and un-articulated) and validating product and solution offerings
  • Analyze and generate insights from both primary and secondary research
  • Create representations of customers’ needs and everyday practice including user / buyer personas, use scenarios, workflows etc.
  • Create low-fidelity prototypes e.g. mock ups, sketches, storyboards and design experiments for the purpose of testing new product concepts and validating customer need
  • Articulate market and customer insights through written and visual means to feed conceptualization and development of products, communicating process and actionable findings to clients
  • Engage with product managers, strategic marketers and cross-functional teams focused on building businesses
  • Develop / adapt / research novel customer research techniques that add greater depth, breadth, and speed to the Pitney Bowes product development process
  • Contribute to the consolidation and dissemination of market and customer insights (i.e. knowledge management) across the company


  • Advanced degree in a social science, such as anthropology, or human centered design, is required
  • Two or more (2+) years real-world experience in applying various research methodologies (e.g. ethnographic observation, customer interviews) in a business context, ideally as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrated ability to translate field data to real business problems is required. Experience in representing ethnographic data in visual forms a distinct plus
  • Requires excellent analytic, communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a variety of customer environments

Location: Southwestern Connecticut (Greater New York area)

The Concept Studio is located in Southwestern Connecticut overlooking the Housatonic River Valley, 30 minutes from New Haven, CT and 90 minutes from New York City.
Please submit your application online at
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