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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. Click on an image to learn more about our research projects.

About SIFK

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.

Explore Our Research Theme of “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 biennial conference.

Meet Our Scholars

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

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.

For the Public

Upcoming Culture & Knowledge Workshop--Working on a Deadline: Climate Emergency

SIFK External Faculty Jo Guldi on creative and scholarly collaboration to engage climate inaction in the direction of data and discourse analysis

Economics East and West

Join Austan D. Goolsbee and Dali Yang for the next virtual event in our Meeting of the Minds series in February 2021.

Get in the KNOW

Follow SIFK on social media to keep up with the latest happenings at the Institute

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.

For University Members

Applications Portal Open for Faculty Research Grants

Apply now for faculty research grants and faculty seed grants before the March 1st deadline.

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 2020-21 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.

In the News

Read the new Formations post, "Who Unearths the Past? On the Work of The Dig"

Joe Stadolnik watches The Dig, and sheds light on an obscure excavator of the past unlikely to inspire a Netflix movie

On Plato, Vergil, Confucius, and Modernity

Director Shadi Bartsch discusses what we still have to learn from classical philosophy, drama, and poetry, as well as her upcoming book, Plato Goes to China.

Rational Policymaking During a Pandemic

Read Professor Lars Peter Hansen's article in the latest issue of PNAS on using ideas and constructs from modern decision theory to make policymaking a more responsible and transparent process.

Future of the Human: A Conference on Genetics and Genetic Engineering

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 biennial conference.

Anastasia Klimchynskaya on Jules Verne

Postdoc Anastasia Klimchynskaya joins Prof S. Hollis Clayson of Art History & Humanities at Northwestern to discuss Jules Verne’s Ontology of the Phonograph: Gothic Convention and Le Chateau des Carpathes as Media Theory