Counterspeculations 09: Political Risk with Paul Gilbert by UCL Urban Laboratory published on 2018-08-24T12:05:07Z Welcome to the Counterspeculations audiotour, a sonic guide to the nuances of financialization hidden in plain sight in the City of London, produced by the UCL Urban Laboratory and the ReImagining Value Action Lab. Paul Gilbert, "‘Political Risk’, Imperial Nostalgia & Technologies of the Imagination'": One of the oldest firms in the City of London, and a pillar of modern finance throughout its history, is Lloyd's insurance. In this presentation, Paul Gilbert explores how the firm's growth was based in part on the transatlatic slave trade, and the way that these colonial legacies continue to shape the way the financial realm measures and manages risk in the international field. It was originally recorded at the Cornhill Water Pump located right beside the historic London Stock Exchange and in the shadow of Lloyd's iconic skyscraper. Gilbert is a lecturer in international development at the Universoty of Sussex and also led tours of the City of London as part of the Occupy London Tours Collective. This and all the episodes of the Counterspeculations audio tour were originally recorded at a day-long workshop and walking tour in April of 2018 organized by Dr. Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou of University College London and Dr. Max Haiven of Lakehead University, Canada. More information can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab.