LUXCORE conference: Compliance/Defiance Through Luxury, Art, and Antiquities

Join us in discussing crimes through and against art, antiquities, cultural heritage, and luxury – and in shedding light on the ideologies that underpin the regulation of these crimes and moral infractions. Speakers will explore the dynamics of compliance and defiance, and the modes of transgression and forms of corruption that pertain both to rulemaking and rulebreaking, the making and unmaking of social order, the making and destruction of value, and the role of material culture in it.

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Conference Program

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Day 1 – December 5

08:30-09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00-09:10 Words of Welcome
by Tereza Østbø Kuldova, Project leader of the research project LUXCORE, Oslo Metropolitan University

Session 1

09:10-09:30 Pandemic Profiteering and Broker Capitalism
How Private Consultancy Firms Leverage Public Money, Defy Regulation and Help the Rich

by Cris Shorem, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and Goldsmiths University of London

09:30-09:50 Traversing the Fantasy of Compliance and Defiance
Investigating the Ideological Reproduction of Neoliberal Governance Through the Fight Against Crime in the Art and Antiquities Markets

by Tereza Østbø Kuldova, Oslo Metropolitan University 

09:50-10:10 The Luxury of Privacy
A Surveillance Studies Perspective on the Privacy Implications of Anti-money Laundering and Counter-terrorism Financing Measures in the Art Market

by Maja Dehouck, University of Amsterdam 

10:10-10:30 Anti-Money Laundering Regulatory Compliance by Private Sector Art Market Actors Learning, Experience, and Interaction
by Katharina Stoll, University of Glasgow 

10:30-10:50 Q&A

10:50-11:00 Break 

Session 2

11:00-11:20 Dirty Luxury and Weaponized Corruption
Russia as the Immoral Other Reinvigorating Capitalism and the ‘Rules-Based Order’

by Jardar Østbø, Institute for Defence Studies, Norwegian Defence University College

11:20-11:40 The Strange Career of Cultures of Compliance and Defiance in Post-Socialist Czechia
by Petr Kupka, University of West Bohemia

11:40-12:00 UK freeports 2.0: Understanding New Patterns of Encasement and (Dis)order
by Alexandra Hall, Northumbria University

12:00-12:20 Claustropolitan Luxury and Corruption
The Encasement Fantasies of Elites and Rethinking Ethics

by Thomas Raymen, Northumbria University

12:20-12:40 Q&A

12:40-13:20 Lunch break 

Session 3 

13:20-13:40 Money, Power, and Politics in the Rebuilding of Cultural Heritage
Lessons from Syria

by Fiona Greenland, University of Virginia

13:40-14:00 The Weaponization of Hague 1954: Heritage Held Hostage
by Kate Harrell, Virginia Museum of Natural History

14:00-14:20 Illicit Heritage Objects and the Construction of Value
Objects, Regulations, and Cultural Diplomacy

by Håkon Roland, The museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo 

14:20-14:40 Raiders of the Lost Art
Roman Intra-Elite Competition and Arts Looting in the Hellenistic Mediterranean in the Late Republic
by Carina Chitta and Ilja Steffelbauer, University for Continuing Education (Danube University), Krems

14:40-15:00 Q&A

15:00-15:20 Break

Session 4

15:20-15:40 The Pursuit of Luxury as an Act of Transgression
Bataille, Sovereignty, Desire

by John Armitage, University of Southampton, UK

15:40-16:00 ‘The World is Yours’
On Luxury, Grandeur, and the Criminogenic Construction of (Extra)ordinary Moral Realms in Lagos, Nigeria

by Davide Casciano, University of Bologna

16:00-16:20 The “Yellow Peril” or the “Reputation Screen” of Luxury
Networks and Manufacturing Processes in Prato
by Audrey Millet, University of Oslo

16:20-16:40 Q&A 

16:40-17:00 Closing discussion 

19:00 Dinner (for Speakers only)

Day 2 – December 6

09:30-10:00 Coffee & Informal Welcome to Day 2 

Session 5 

10:00-10:20 Free ports and the Financialization of Luxury
From Fine Art to Financial Asset
by Joanne Roberts, University of Southampton

10:20-10:40 The Luxury Freeport as Libertecture
by Liam O'Farrell, University of Sheffield

10:40-11:00 This was Not a Legal Problem Until it was a Political Problem
How Politicised Compliance has Facilitated Defiance of Cultural Property Ethics and Law

by Samuel Andrew Hardy, Heritage Management Organization, Norwegian Institute in Rome at the University of Oslo

11:10-11:20 Priceless Assets of Subversion
Financial Crime and the Valuation of Unique Goods
by Christoph Rausch, Maastricht University

11:20-11:40 The Nexus of Luxury Wristwatches and Financial Crime 
by Brian Nussbaum, University at Albany  

11:40-12:00 Q&A 

12:00-13:00 Lunch 

Session 6

13:00-13:20 Capital Accumulation and Conversion Dynamics on the Heteronomous Field of Art
by Julia Bethwaite, Tampere University in Finland

13:20-13:40 Desire, Lure and Transgression
Affective Atmosphere of the Art Fair 
by Diāna Bērziņa, Maastricht University

13:40-14:00 Archaeological Heritage at Risk 
Poland’s Problem with Treasure Hunters
by Diana Mroczek, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

14:00-14:20 Nothing Owed to Thieves
The Diligence and Defiance of Restitution
by Gabriella Corey, Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture

14:20-14:40 Q&A

14:40-15:00 Publication, Way Ahead and Concluding Remarks 

About the conference

This conference is part of the project Luxury, Corruption and Global Ethics: Towards a Critical Theory of the Moral Economy of Fraud (LUXCORE), funded by The Research Council of Norway (313004). The event is organized jointly by the Oslo Metropolitan University and the University of Oslo, with the support of the Algorithmic Governance Research Network. 


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