2023 WISLI Student Conference

The 2023 WISLI Student Conference will be held on July 8th, 2023, from 9am to 4pm.

This is a hybrid event, taking place in-person at the Pyle Center and via Zoom (link will be provided later for online participants). In-person and distance learners encouraged to participate! Attendance is free and open to the public.

Our keynote speaker this year will be Thongchai Winichakul (Emeritus Professor of History, University of Wisconsin- Madison).

Prof. Winichakul will be delivering a talk titled “Added in Translation: Reflection on the Journeys through Area Studies”

  • A flow of anything across culture is a translation in action. Doing area studies across the East and West is a multi-directional flow that involves multiple translations. Contrary to the cliché “lost in translation”, values and meanings are actually added in the intellectual transactions, as so many travelers for area studies would testify. Doing area studies, nonetheless, unavoidably involves the encounters between different intellectual and academic environments, often involving different interests, questions, points of view, even methodology.