“And we would like to thank": The role of funding in Archaeology

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To declare that funding matters for research — archaeological or otherwise — would be to state the obvious. Less obvious, and sometimes not even recognized, are the ways in which the source, form, and practices connected to financial support affect and perhaps even more, interact with research. In this essay, I argue that if we do not engage with the role of funding practices beyond its function as mere fiscal recourse and enabler, we lose sight of one important aspect of how academia interacts with society and a vital factor in knowledge production. In a wider perspective it is also a question of maintaining and expanding the range of critique in the humanities, whose authority above all lies in critical thinking. Taking the discipline of archaeology and the field of archaeological heritage as my point of departure, I will address this topic in the context of EU funding, using the European Commission funding programme Raphael as a basis for discussion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking Cultural History
Subtitle of host publicationNew perspectives on Western heritage
Editors Anna Källén
Place of PublicationLund
PublisherNordic Academic Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9789187351198
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013


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