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What We're Researching

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 IFK

2022-24 Research Theme: Knowledge in Diaspora

Every two years IFK identifies a new research theme designed to shape some of the work undertaken at the 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.

Learn About the Institute

Our mission is to educate a new generation to approach contemporary problems with historical worldviews, interdisciplinary methodologies, and cross-cultural understanding.

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 IFK.

Cross-unit, cross-university participation; creating an ecosystem of interdisciplinary and team-based thinking

IFK's interdisciplinary orientation modeling Richard Utz's perfect union of Humanities-STEM integration

For the Public

Register now for summer Novel Knowledge Series courses at Graham!

Embrace new knowledge and ways of learning. Taught by IFK Postdocs. Open to the public.

Academic Spotlight: Katherine Buse

Learn more about IFK Postdoc Katherine Buse's work including her book project, "Dune", and new courses.

Exhibition: [Re]Framing Graphic Medicine: Comics and the History of Medicine featuring IFK Faculty Brian Callendar

Monday, May 9, 2022 - 9:00 AM to Friday, July 15, 2022 - 4:45 PM at the Regenstein Library, The Special Collections Research Center

Explore Formations | The IFK Blog

In our blog series, Formations, IFK's researchers explore the limits of empathy, how we visualize disease, what constitutes a person, and more.

For University Members

Register now for Cultures & Knowledge Workshops

“Visualizing planetary urbanization: critical spatial media and the critique of urban ideologies" presented by Alexander Arroyo, Grga Basic & Neil Brenner on 5/23

2021-22 BA and MA thesis awards portal now open!

Open to students across campus whose theses explore the formation of knowledge.

IFK course Diasporic Narratives visited the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Check out our interdisciplinary courses with multiple cross-listings! Spring KNOW courses include Diasporic Narratives, Normal People, Gaming History, and more.

Watch previous Cultures & Knowledge workshops on our Youtube!

IFK Postdoc Katherine Buse presenting "Immerseless Media: Climate Models, Science Fiction, and the Experience of Planetary Change"

Spring at IFK!

Take a study break or work outside in the IFK garden

In the News

James Evans' Research Featured in "The Cost of Zoom"

All those Zoom meetings could be stunting innovation at work.

IFK Postdoc Jordan Bimm on the history of the Russian space program and space politics

“Space is not this utopian, transformative place... [it's] is a place where all of our problems on Earth are reproduced or amplified.”

Ada Palmer's Wired Magazine Feature

"The past we think we know is wrong and so is the future." IFK Faculty Ada Palmer talks about dystopias, her science-fiction series Terra Ignota, and more with Wired Magazine.

IFK Faculty Eve Ewing and Michael Rossi receive the 2020 and 2021 Laing Awards

"Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side" by Eve Ewing and "The Republic of Color: Science, Perception, and the Making of Modern America" by Michael Rossi are the recipients!

There is no Planet B

Science fiction scholars and IFK postdocs, Katherine Buse and Anastasia Klimchynskaya, offer insight on sci fi history and planet speculation in Popular Science.