Student Conference

The Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) Student Conference is hosted every summer by SASLI in conjunction with the other summer language institutes: SEASSI, CESSI, and APTLII. Participation is open to all SASLI students and is a great opportunity to meet others who are interested in similar topics, but specialize in other world regions.


Student Conference

“I very much enjoyed presenting my work at the WISLI Student Conference and receiving feedback from my peers.”

Former SASLI Student

2023 Conference

Be part of the 2023 WISLI Student Conference! Show off your research and network with other scholars in various areas of study! This event will be held in-person and online.

Abstracts should be submitted by June 25th, 2023

Submissions should include:

  • Title of Paper
  • Abstract
  • Three keywords pertaining to the paper
  • Short bio of presenter, including the institute they are attending

All abstracts should describe in 250 words or less the research topic, methods, and argument, as panels will be created to accommodate submitted presentations. Please limit presentations to 15 minutes.

Submit abstracts (and any questions) to

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

It will be located at the Pyle Center on the 3rd floor (rooms 309, 313, and 315) and a Zoom link will be provided for online participants.

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”

Keynote lecture abstract: 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.

Attendance is free and open to the public.

For questions, email