Presentations in the Cultures and Knowledge Workshop Series range across historical and disciplinary boundaries, and provide a major component of SIFK's inquiry into the process of knowledge formation and transmittal from antiquity to the present day. SIFK faculty, postdocs, fellows and guests present research-in-progress for real-time feedback from a broadly cross-disciplinary community of scholars. Presentations take the form of a 45-minute presentation followed by a lively 25 minute discussion, and are open to all members of the University of Chicago community.

Noon-1:20 PM via Zoom

Please see the events calendar to register. 

Monday, November 1

Of Types and Trees: Evolutionary Thought, Ancient DNA and Research on the Human Past

Hannah Moots 

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Monday, November 15

The Dog Years: A History of Beagle Science

Brad Bolman

Recording Coming Soon


Monday, November 29

Fact Culture: Polling and the Politics of Objectivity

Tal Arbel

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Ada Palmer Releases New Book with Seminary Coop

November 04, 2021

The event will include a reading, a Q&A and a book signing.

Eve Ewing selected to give the faculty welcome at the inauguration of President Paul Alivisatos

October 27, 2021

Ewing is an award-winning author and sociologist of education whose work focuses on the impact of racism and social inequality in K-12 public school systems

The Crisis of American Democracy

October 15, 2021

How can we safeguard American democracy now and for the future? Join the online event on Nov 11, jointly sponsored by Stanford and University of Chicago.

SIFK Cultures and Knowledge Workshop Series

October 08, 2021


Haun Saussy in Conversation with Grammy Award Winning Third Coast Director David Skidmore at Chicago Humanities Festival

October 05, 2021

Haun Saussy on Archetypes, a film which captures Third Coast performing the entire album in-studio

Rochona Majumdar Art Cinema and India’s Forgotten Futures Book Salon

October 04, 2021

Join a 3CT salon Nov 1 to celebrate the publication of SIFK Faculty Rochona Majumdar’s new book, Art Cinema and India’s Forgotten Futures: Film and History in the Postcolony

2022-24 Research Theme: Knowledge in Diaspora

October 01, 2021


The power and politics of fetal imagery

October 01, 2021

SIFK Faculty Brian Callendar and Former Postdoc Margaret Carlyle explore the history of the image of the fetus and current implications on politics, policy and culture in The Lancet

Institute Faculty Arnold Davidson featured in France Chicago Collection

September 28, 2021

France Chicago Collection

17 Major sci-fi and fantasy books arriving in fall 2021

September 27, 2021

Open a book and brand new world. Institute Faculty Ada Palmer's Perhaps the Stars makes the top list of new sci-fi books.

Dogs for Life: Beagles, Drugs, and Capital in the Twentieth Century

September 27, 2021

Brad Bolman tracks the transformation of beagle dogs from a common breed in mid-twentieth century American laboratories to the de jure standard in global toxicological research by the turn of the 21st