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.
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Read Formations | The SIFK Blog
In our blog series, Formations, SIFK's researchers explore the limits of empathy, how we visualize disease, what constitutes a person, and more.
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.
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For University Members
Introducing the MAPSS Track on the Formation of Knowledge
Learn more about SIFK's new partnership with UChicago's Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences.
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
Helping Hands: Uncovering an Eighteenth-century Midwifery Manual
SIFK Research Associate Margaret Carlyle writes on an 18th Century midwifery manual for McGill University's Osler Library of the History of Medicine.
Covid-19 and the Long History of Racially Maldistributed Mortality
In the latest instalment of the SIFK blog, SIFK Postdoctoral Fellow Alexander Mazzaferro investigates America's long history of racial disparity and its impact on the nation's COVID-19 response.
Famine Is a Choice
SIFK Postdoctoral Fellow Yan Slobodkin writes for Slate: "One billion people are now food-insecure. But starvation is not an inevitability."
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