Accepted Paper:

Diverse anthropologies dealing with fickle funders: cleaving 'health' from the funding priorities of the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council in Canada  
Janice Graham (Dalhousie University)

Paper long abstract:

Under the title of "Acceptance, Challenge & Dollars", in 2009 the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) invited anthropologists studying health to apply to their funding agency. This invitation came as the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the traditional source of anthropological funding, cut back grants for health-related research. Many anthropologists are concerned; while some researchers have had success with CIHR, there remains apprehension that government targeted funding priorities, prevailing positivist paradigms, and little evidence of a social science interdisciplinary lens within the peer review process of CIHR have resulted in a cool reception for anthropologists' applications. This paper reports on the roundtable forum, held in June 2010 at the annual meetings of the Canadian Anthropology Society/Société canadienne anthropologie, which engaged directly with senior representatives of the CIHR and the SSHRC to address these concerns regarding the new funding of health related anthropological research in Canada.

Panel W004
Diverse anthropologies with multiple publics: Crisis or imaginative responses? [WCAA workshop]