Thu, Nov 28, 2013: Compensation, the Value of Life and the War on Terror

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Join us for a free public lecture at 7-9pm on Thursday November 28th, 2013 in Room 179 (west end of the building on the ground floor) at University College, 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON by:

Emily Gilbert, Associate Professor and Director, Canadian Studies program and Department of Geography, University of Toronto


Compensation, the Value of Life and the War on Terror


Emily Gilbert is the Director of the Canadian Studies Program at University College, and a member of the Graduate Program of the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Her current research deals with questions relating to citizenship, security, migration, borders, nation-states, globalization, monetary organization, and governance. She is engaged in two primary research projects. The first is an examination of battlefield compensation that is being made in cases of inadvertent death, injury and property damage. While she feels that these practices are interesting in and of themselves, she also has a broader concern for how war restructures the ways that lives are valued (or not), from claims made in response to acts of terrorism, to compensation for military veterans. A second line of inquiry she is pursuing is on the changing politics of the Canada-US border. She examines the ways that border risks—economic and social—are being used to discipline behaviour and promote new forms of citizenship practice. The impact on migration and mobility is of particular concern. Another area of focus is on transnational currency arrangements, from proposals for monetary union between Canada and the US, to global initiatives on monetary regionalism. In this work she draws upon a range of cultural and political theories and methodologies to critically interrogate the nature of money—and especially its spatial organization. This research builds upon some of her earlier work on the historical formation of national currencies, especially in Canada. Other, ongoing side research examines visual and literary narratives, with a particular focus on urban and wilderness representations of Canadian national identity.

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Co-Sponsored by University College Health Studies Programme, Canadian Pugwash Group, Science for Peace and Voice of Women for Peace.

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