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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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

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

Our Summer Reading List

July 27, 2021

We asked the SIFK family for some of their favorite books ranging from nonfiction to fantasy, and we compiled a list of intellectually stimulating books to spice up your summer!

A 1990s Mural At The 18th Street Station Will Be Restored By A Pilsen Artist

May 12, 2021

SIFK Faculty and Professor of Art History, Dr. Claudia Brittenham, shares her knowledge of Mesoamerican murals in a WBEZ article.

Helping Hands: Uncovering an Eighteenth-century Midwifery Manual

May 28, 2020

Margaret Carlyle writes on an 18th Century midwifery manual for McGill University's Osler Library of the History of Medicine

Famine Is a Choice

May 11, 2020

SIFK Postdoctoral Fellow Yan Slobodkin writes for Slate: "One billion people are now food-insecure. But starvation is not an inevitability."

SIFK Fellow Wins Modernist Studies Association Prize for an Edition, Anthology, or Essay Collection

October 22, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellow Isaiah Lorado Wilner won the Modernist Studies Association Prize with his book "Indigenous Visions" earlier this month.

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

December 14, 2018

Eduardo Escobar's latest piece on glass and procedural knowledge in Cuneiform Cultures

What can we learn about the history of alchemy from a Twitter feed?

April 27, 2018

SIFK postdoctoral fellow Eduardo A. Escobar shares his experience teaching the history of alchemy for his spring course titled “Secrecy and Science” (KNOW 27005).

Wu Hung honored for helping create field of contemporary Chinese art history

November 09, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Wu Hung for being named the College Art Association's 2018 Distinguished Scholar.

In Stevanovich Institute lecture, Jared Diamond examines evolution of religion

June 05, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses research, ‘curious beliefs’ of humans