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.
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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
Discuss the Future of the Human: A Conference on Genetic Medicine & Eugenics: April 30-May 3, 2020
Join 30 leading thinkers in discussing the ethical, historical, and political context of genetic editing, and its impact on the future of the human.
Join us for a Meeting of the Minds
This series of discussions at the University of Chicago brings together faculty to explore how commonalities and differences in these separate spheres can lead us to a richer grasp of the economic human being.
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.
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.
Calling UChicago Undergrads!
SIFK is hiring University of Chicago undergraduate students for the position of House Assistant in the 2019-20 academic year. The deadline to apply is September 9.
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.
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Congratulations to SIFK Postdoc Isaiah Lorado Wilner!
Isaiah Lorado Wilner was awarded the 2019 Article Prize from the Forum for the History of the Human Sciences for his piece, “Transformation Masks: Recollecting the Indigenous Origins of Global Consciousness.”
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Chicago-based contemporary artist Audrius Plioplys, practicing neurologist and visual artist for more than 40 years, talks brain, soul, string theory, convergence, and art.
A Better Way of Understanding the Debate Over Free Speech on Campus
In the nationwide debate over campus free speech, a lot of apparent disagreement derives from failing to separate the objects of study, and the habitat where study takes place.
Podcast: Dr. Adam Cifu on why we should re-evaluate physician education
In "Outspoken Oncology," UChicago Medicine physician and SIFK faculty member Adam Cifu discusses the problem with how we currently educate physicians.