It is our belief that when scholars share their fields of knowledge with each other, unusual and unanticipated forms of innovation and knowledge creation take place. The modern university, however, offers few environments in which this belief can be institutionalized. 

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.