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. Click on an image to learn more about our research projects.
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
Island Time: Speed, Music, and Modernity in St. Kitts and Nevis
Led by Prof. Jessica Baker, this Culture & Knowledge Workshop will focus on the changing national relationship to folk music in the mid-20th century and how islanded temporalities are both lucrative and stigmatizing.
Read Our Newsletter
Catch up on the latest happenings at SIFK with our fall newsletter! Meet our new faculty, watch recordings of recent talks, and keep up to date with announcements for the upcoming quarter.
Get in the KNOW
Keep up with SIFK faculty, research insights, and other happenings across our social media platforms!
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
Faculty Grants Now Open
Now accepting applications for our Faculty Research Grant and Faculty Seed Grant! Learn more about the fellowships and submission guidelines.
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.
Join ExoTerra Imagination Lab
SIFK Fellow Ada Palmer launches ExoTerra Imagination Lab, an exciting online collaborative research role-playing game (RPG) community bringing together students from all disciplines to design a new world.
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
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
Joel Isaac on the Political Foundations of Economics
Faculty Joel Isaac sits down with Jonathan Levy to discuss the political foundations of economics as part of Every-Wednesday Conversations, hosted by The Franke Institute for the Humanities
Anastasia Klimchynskaya on What is Rebecca without the Gothic?
Postdoc Anastasia Klimchynskaya discusses the new Netflix "Rebecca" adaptation and what key part of du Maurier's original novel is conspicuously absent from the film. Read her guest post on the Sheffield Gothic blog!
Shadi Bartsch on Great Women of the Classics
Director Shadi Bartsch discusses her take on Virgil’s The Aeneid plus the role of women in Greek myths and Biblical tales with BBC Radio 4's Kirsty Wark
Jordan Bimm on the True Origin of Thinking Microbial Life Exists on Venus
Dr. Bimm discovers documents proving German physicist Heinz Haber postulated "a biological aerosol" on Venus over a decade before Carl Sagan's 1967 Nature article