International Finance and Corruption in modern Britain – A One Day Symposium
26 July 2021
Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford
9.30 - 11.00 - Papers 1 and 2
Paper 1: Professor Mark Knights (University of Warwick) - The East India Company and Corruption in Office in the later Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries.
Paper 2: Dr Damian Clavel (University of Oxford and Institute of Historical Research) - Revisiting the “Greatest Financial Fraud in History": Poyais, Atlantic trade, and British Informal Imperialism 1820-
11.00-11.15 - Break
11.15 - 12.45pm - Papers 3 and 4
Paper 3: Dr Simon Skinner (Balliol College, Oxford) - "Oh, Christian Country! Oh, Paradise of The Devil!": Victorian religious responses to business
Paper 4: Dr Michael Aldous (Queen's University, Belfast) - The Liverpool Cotton Brokers Association, 1811-1900: The role of private order institutions in the governance of global trade
12.45 - 1.15 - Lunch
1.15 - 2.45pm - Papers 5 and 6
Keynote/Paper 5: Professor Herman Lebovics (Stony Brook University NY) – Empire and the Corruption of Democracies
Paper 6: Dr James Taylor (University of Lancaster) - Henry Lowenfeld and the Shady Origins of International Portfolio Diversification in Edwardian Britain.
2.45-3.00 - Break
3.00 - 4.30 - Papers 7 and 8
Paper 7: Dr Tom Crook (Oxford Brookes University) – “The arts and crafts of tyranny": Empire, finance and corruption in British politics, 1880-1914
Paper 8: Dr Ian Cawood (University of Stirling) – “One of the most fœtid cess-pools of corruption in the world”- The City of London Corporation - 1869-1889.
4.30 - 5.30 - Plenary Session
Jon Benton – Former head of the International Corruption Unit at the National Crime Agency, CEO of Intelligent Sanctuary
Richard Brooks – Private Eye
Peter Geoghegan – Author of Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics
Professor Robert Barrington – Former director of Transparency International UK