Emily Gilbert , Professor


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Bristol (1998)

Contact Information:

Phone:    (416) 978-0751
Location: Room B301, University College
Email:     emily.gilbert@utoronto.ca

Personal Website: http://individual.utoronto.ca/emilygilbert/

Research Interests:

  • Citizenship, borders and security
  • Nationalism, postcolonialism, globalization
  • The culture and politics of money
  • Social and political theory
  • North America

My current research revolves around issues related to citizenship, borders, security, economy, nation-states and globalization. I am particularly interested in the ways that North American geopolitical relations are being reshaped, and how the idea of risk—both economic and social—has been used to discipline behaviour and promote new forms of citizenship. This work also considers the securitization of the region, with a focus on changing border practices and policies. Another aspect of my research addresses the social, cultural and political dimensions of money, from the cultural values inscribed on national currencies, to the proposals for a North American Monetary Union, to general theories of money and exchange. While much of the above work interrogates the concept of the nation-state, I also continue to be fascinated by visual and literary representations, and have examined urban and wilderness narratives with a special emphasis on Canadian national identity and belonging.

Teaching This Academic Year:

GGR1714 – Cultural and Critical Geographies
UNI101 – Citizenship in the Canadian City
UNI320 – Canadian Questions: Issues and Debates

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Gilbert, E. and Ponder, C. 2014. “Between tragedy and farce: 9/11 compensation and the value of life and death” Antipode 46 (2): 404-425.
  • Gilbert, E.  2013. Book forum on Marieke de Goede`s Speculative Security in Political Geography 32: 52-60.
  • Gilbert, E.  2012. “The Militarization of Climate Change” ACME 11(1).
  • Gilbert, E.  2010. “Race, Money and Risk: Future Directions in Critical Geopolitics” GeoJournal 75(4): 319-320.
  • Gilbert, E.  2008. “Banal Neoimperialism and the Territorial Reconfiguration of Money” in “Interventions in Banal Neoimperialism” Political Geography 27: 617-629.
  • Gilbert, E.  2008. “Beyond Survival: Wilderness and Canadian National Identity into the 21st Century” British Journal of Canadian Studies 21(1): 63–88.
  • Gilbert, E.  2007. “Money, Citizenship, Territoriality and the Proposals for North American Monetary Union” Political Geography 26(2): 141–158.
  • Gilbert, E.  2007. “Leaky Borders and Solid Citizens: Governing Security, Prosperity and Quality of Life in a North American Partnership” Antipode 39(1): 77–98.
  • Gilbert, E.  2005. “Common Cents: Situating Money in Time and Space” Economy and Society 34(3): 356–387.
  • Gilbert, E.  2005. “The Inevitability of Integration? Neoliberal Discourse and the Proposals for a New North American Economic Space after September 11” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 95(1): 202–222.
  • Gilbert, E.  2005. “What is at Stake in the NAMU Debates? A Review of the Arguments for and Against North American Monetary Union” International Journal of Canadian Studies: 161–184.
  • Gilbert, E.  1998. “‘Ornamenting the Facade of Hell’: Iconographies of Nineteenth-Century Canadian Paper Money” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 16: 57–80.
  • Gilbert, E.  and  Simpson-Housley, P. 1997. “Places and Spaces of Dislocation: Lady Oracle’s Toronto” The Canadian Geographer 41(3): 235–248. Primary author.
  • Gilbert, E.  1996. “Situating the City: Representations of Toronto in Three Women’s Novels” London Journal of Canadian Studies 12: 95–122.
  • Gilbert, E., Park, D.C., Simpson-Housley, P. and Scott, J.S.  1996. “Battles from Below: Geography and Oppression in Janet Frame’s Faces in the Water” GeoJournal, 1996, 38 (1): 19–28.
  • Gilbert, E.  1994. “Naturalist Metaphors in the Literatures of Chicago, 1893–1925” The Journal of Historical Geography 20 (3): 283–304.

Book Chapters

  • Gilbert, E. (forthcoming) “Currency” in Mark Salter, ed. Making Things International; University of Minnesota Press.
  • Gilbert, E. (forthcoming) “The Permanence of Temporary Labour Mobility” in Valerie Preston, Leah Vosko, and Robert Latham, ed. Liberating Temporariness; McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Gilbert, E.  2013. “Globalization” in William Norton, ed. Human Geography, 8th edition; Oxford University Press.
  • Gilbert, E.  2012. “Borders and Security: The Thickening of North American Relations” in Jeffrey Ayers and Laura Macdonald, ed. North America in Question; Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Solicited.
  • Gilbert, E.  2011. “Globalization” in John Agnew and Jim Duncan, ed. Companion to Human Geography; Blackwell. Solicited.
  • Gilbert, E.  2010. “Eye to Eye: Biometrics, Biopower and the Body Politic” in Fraser McDonald, Klaus Dodds, and Rachel Hughes, ed. Observant States: Geopolitics and Visual Culture; IB Tauris. Solicited.
  • Gilbert, E.  2009. “Geographic insights into political identity” in Colin Flint, ed. Geographic Contributions to International Studies, a volume of the International Compendiuum Project, general editor Bob Denemark; Wiley-Blackwell. Solicited.
  • Gilbert, E.  2009. “Liberalism” in Nigel Thrift and Rob Kitchin, ed. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography; Oxford: Elsevier. (10,000 words).
  • Cowen, D., Gilbert, E.  2008. “Fear and the Familial in the U.S. War on Terror” in Rachel Pain, Susan J. Smith, Stephen Graham, ed. Fear: Critical Geopolitics and Everyday Life; Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Cowen, D., Gilbert, E.  2008. “Introduction: The Politics of War, Citizenship, Territory” in Deborah Cowen and Emily Gilbert, ed. War, Citizenship, Territory. New York: Routledge: 1–32.
  • Cowen, D., Gilbert, E.  2008. “Citizenship in the ‘Homeland’: Families at War?” in Deborah Cowen and Emily Gilbert, ed. War, Citizenship, Territory. New York: Routledge: 261–280.
  • Gilbert, E.  2006. entry on “Money” (2,500 words) in Austin Harrington, Barbara Marshall, Hans-Peter Muller, ed. Routledge Encyclopedia of Social Theory; London: Routledge. Solicited.
  • Gilbert, E.  2004. entries on “Currency” (900 words), “Royal Canadian Mint” (250 words), “Metric Conversion” (250 words), “Canada Savings Bonds” (175 words) in Gerald Hallowell, ed. The Oxford Companion to Canadian History. Toronto: Oxford University Press. Solicited.
  • Gilbert, E., Helleiner, E. 1999. “Introduction: Nation-States and Money: Historical Contexts, Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” in Emily Gilbert and Eric Helleiner, ed. Nation-States and Money: The Past, Present and Future of National Currencies. London: Routledge: 1–21.
  • Gilbert, E. 1999. “Forging a National Currency: Money, State-Making and Nation-Building in Canada,” in Emily Gilbert and Eric Helleiner, ed. Nation-States and Money: The Past, Present and Future of National Currencies. London: Routledge: 25–46.
  • Gilbert, E. 1996. “Women and the Urban Asylum: Toronto as Text,” in A.L. McLeod, ed. Commonwealth and American Women’s Discourse: Essays in Criticism. New Delhi: Sterling: 144–156.
  • Gilbert, E. 1994. “Transgressing Boundaries: Isabel Allende’s Santiago de Chile,” in Peter Preston and Paul Simpson-Housley, ed. Writing the City: Eden, Babylon and the New Jerusalem. London: Routledge: 306–330.

Books Edited

  • Cowen, D., Gilbert, E. eds. 2007. War, Citizenship, Territory. New York: Routledge.
  • Gilbert, E. and  Helleiner, E. eds. 1999. Nation-States and Money: The Past, Present and Future of National Currencies. London: Routledge.