Emily Gilbert

Sidney Smith Hall, Room 5017 | 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3G3 (map)

War, Money, & Finance

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War and capitalism go hand in hand, but in this presentation I argue that the relationship between war, money and finance has undergone a significant shift in the 21st century. Drawing upon a book project in progress I will focus on two main dynamics of this change. First, I address the ways that militaries are folding money and finance into their combat operations. With the ‘war on terror,’ militaries—and the US military in particular—have been deploying money “as a weapons system,” which has included disbursing money on projects ranging from infrastructure development, to promoting entrepreneurialism through micro-loans, to civilian compensation. Second, militaries are also getting involved in “counter threat finance,” by targeting financial activities deemed to be aiding and abetting terrorism. Rather than simply imposing economic sanctions, those who are involved in suspicious transactions are subject to lethal violence. In this presentation, I reflect on these changes and ask: as money and finance are more deeply folded into and refracted through war and the military, how is the relationship between war, money and finance being redrawn, and with what political and geopolitical implications?

Emily Gilbert is Director of the Canadian Studies program at University College, and cross-appointed in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. She has two main research projects which each address issues relating to security, the economy, borders, and territorialty. The first is an examination of how militaries, and the US military in particular, are taking up money and finance as part of their combat operations. A second line of inquiry is on the changing politics of the Canada-US border as it is becoming increasingly securitized and even militarized.

Toronto is in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’. The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.

Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street, Toronto, M5S3G3) is an accessible building, with a ramp located at the Huron Street entrance. Closest TTC locations: St. George and Spadina stations, the 510 Spadina streetcar at Harbord Street, and the 94 Wellesley/Ossington bus at St. George Street.

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