The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge

The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge opened in the Fall of 2015 and moved into fully operational mode in September 2016.  Our mission is to unite scholars from many different fields to study the process of knowledge formation and transmittal from antiquity to the present day and, in correlation, to explore how this history shapes our modern world. The Institute functions as a research laboratory and incubator for University of Chicago faculty and visiting scholars, and offers support for affiliated PhD students and post-doctoral scholars.

The questions we ask include:   What are the sites from which discourses of knowledge emerge and derive legitimacy?  What is the impact of the conditions and restrictions upon the constitution of knowledge, its circulation, and its transmission to the future?  How are (and were) political life, religious belief, and scientific exploration shaped by assumptions about what knowledge is?