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.
|Title of host publication||Making Cultural History|
|Subtitle of host publication||New perspectives on Western heritage|
|Place of Publication||Lund|
|Publisher||Nordic Academic Press|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2013|
Niklasson, E. (2013). “And we would like to thank": The role of funding in Archaeology. In A. Källén (Ed.), Making Cultural History : New perspectives on Western heritage (pp. 151-161). Nordic Academic Press.