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What We're Studying

In keeping with UChicago’s tradition of rigorous inquiry, the Institute brings together scholars, researchers, and educators from around the world to communicate across boundaries and develop new dialogues around knowledge in varying contexts. Our research spans histories, cultures, and disciplines.

About SIFK

Learn About the Stevanovich Institute

Our mission is to educate a new generation to approach contemporary problems with historical worldviews, interdisciplinary methodologies, and cross-cultural understanding.

Meet Our Scholars

Get to know our people and their research, from our core faculty to our postdoctoral researchers.

2018-20 Research Theme: Genetic Medicine and Eugenics

Every two years, SIFK announces a new research theme designed to shape some of the work undertaken at the Stevanovich Institute during that period and to be the focus of our biannual conference.

KNOW Journal

KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge investigates the construction, transmission, and contestation of knowledge forms.

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For the Public

April 4: A Meeting of the Minds: Business and the Human

Leading thinkers in business & the humanities in a series of conversations about the ways that human phenomena interact within the framework of business and the economy. Register now!

Boundary-Bursting Workshops

The Comparing Practices of Knowledge series this year will investigate the idea of personhood in law, the indigenous influence on modern thought, and much more. View the lineup now.

Visit an Exhibit @ The Institute by Audrius Plioplys, neuroscientist and artist.

Visit SIFK to view the work of Audrius Plioplys, neuroscientist and artist, on exhibit throughout the 1st and 2nd floors from October 2018 to Spring 2019. Can't make it to Chicago? Take a virtual tour.

Read Our Blog

In the SIFK BLOG!, our researchers explore what comic books can do for the medical profession, what Marvel’s Black Panther tells us about science in Africa, and more!

For University Members

Apply Now: Undergraduate Thesis Prize

The Stevanovich Institute is now accepting applications for the most boundary-bursting undergraduate thesis. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2019.

Our Courses

View KNOW undergraduate and graduate courses for the 2018-19 academic year.

Open to Contributors

Submit your manuscript to KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge via the online system at University of Chicago Press Journals.

Apply for a Conference Co-Sponsorship

SIFK supports conferences, lectures, and other events at the University of Chicago that explore questions of knowledge formation throughout the ages.

In the News

'The Fetus in Utero' exhibit reveals mysteries of the womb

SIFK's Margaret Carlyle and Brian Callender curate an exhibit which traces the evolving understandings of the female body in medicine and society.

Smaller teams produce more innovative research

In a new paper published by Nature, University of Chicago researchers examined 60 years of publications and found that smaller teams were far more likely to introduce new ideas to science and technology, while larger tea

Purely Evidence-Based Policy Doesn’t Exist

Nobel laureate and SIFK Professor Lars Peter Hansen on why data needs theory to be useful

Politically Polarized Teams Produce Better Work

UChicago’s Knowledge Lab analyzed Wikipedia pages to find that collaborations with balanced ideological diversity and strong guidelines produce higher quality articles

Students tackle life’s hardest questions in new experimental courses

UChicago News interviews students and faculty involved in the multidisciplinary, theory-turned-practice capstone curriculum, XCAP, which made its debut this academic year.