Question What You Know
The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge provides an incubator for multi-disciplinary thinkers to challenge accepted perspectives within and outside the University. We foster collaborative inquiry to spark breakthroughs, create new fields of knowledge, and educate a new generation.
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.
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.
Discover Our 5 Tenets in the Study of Knowledge
Curious about what it means to study the formation of knowledge? Read the 5 tenets that guide our research at SIFK.
Meet Our Scholars
Get to know our people and their research, from our core faculty to our postdoctoral researchers.
Read Our Journal
KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge investigates the construction, transmission, and contestation of knowledge forms.
Explore Our Current Research Theme
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.
For the Public
"Future of the Human: A Conference on Genetic Medicine & Eugenics" Postponed
Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, SIFK will be postponing "Future of the Human: A Conference on Genetic Medicine & Eugenics" to late summer 2021
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Read Our Journal
Created and edited by SIFK, KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge investigates the construction, transmission, and contestation of knowledge forms.
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!
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For University Members
Take Our Courses
View KNOW undergraduate and graduate courses for the 2019-20 academic year.
Submit Your Article
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
Stay Up-to-Date on COVID-19
UChicago is monitoring and keeping members of the community informed about the public health situation related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
In Sickness And In Health
"Future of the Human" speaker Yangyang Cheng weighs in on COVID-19 and the Chinese medical system.
Sensing an advantage, Democrats dare Trump to talk drug prices during State of the Union
SIFK Professor William Howell comments on Trump's State of the Union remarks and lowering prescription drug prices.
What is a Person?
SIFK Postdoctoral Fellow Nicolette Bruner asks us who — or what — people really are. Part of the SIFK Blog series.
Classic Chicago Magazine discusses SIFK’s upcoming partnership with artist Kevin Pang
Judy Carmack Bross on the vibrancy of SIFK's faculty director, a public art piece in-the-works, and how the Bean might be a precursor to the selfie.