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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.


Historian Ada Palmer traces censorship of radical ideas across centuries

Ada Palmer hosts a series of dialogues designed to tackle how censorship and technology have influenced the dissemination of information through time and across disciplines.

‘You,’ ‘Us,’ and ‘Them’: Glass and Procedural Knowledge in Cuneiform Cultures

Read the newest blog from SIFK Postdoctoral Researcger Eduardo Escobar on glass and procedural knowledge in Cuneiform Cultures.

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.

Q&A: Scholar from Puerto Rico discusses research project with UChicago faculty

University of Puerto Rico Professor Evaluz Cotto-Quijano discusses her research, its impact on Puerto Rico, and what's next.

Feedback on our new look?

We recently updated our homepage and will continue to make website improvements throughout the year. Leave us your thoughts on our new look, and how we can improve the site.


SIFK's 2018-19 Headline Lecture

Join scholar and writer Reza Aslan, philosopher Daniel Dennett, and ethicist William Schweiker for a conversation that will take the long view on religion as a human enterprise: its history, its power, and its prospects.

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!

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.

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New Capstone

Seats still available in Winter 2019 XCAP course! Apply now.

Apply Now: Dissertation Research Fellowships

The Stevanovich Institute is now accepting applications for 6th- and 7th-year dissertation research fellowships for graduate students.

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.

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.


2018-20 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.

Meet Our Scholars

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

KNOW Journal

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

Our Courses

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

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.