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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

Check out IFK Faculty Eric Oliver's new podcast!

A podcast on how to know your self

Academic Spotlight: Katherine Buse

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

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

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"

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.

2021-22 MAPSS thesis award portal now open!

Open to students form MAPSS whose theses explore the formation of knowledge.

Spring at IFK!

Take a study break or work outside in the IFK garden

In the News

Jordan Bimm comments on diversity and access in space travel

“If we want the population of people getting to go to space to actually reflect human diversity on Earth, we need to rethink why we are going and who holds the keys.”

Genevieve Lakier on the current First Amendment landscape

"First Amendment politics are more complicated, uncertain, and, well, just plain weird than they have been in a long time”

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

All those Zoom meetings could be stunting innovation at work.

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.

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.