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​C21 Global Victorians: When East meets West

American Conference for Irish Studies, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, March 20-23, 2019;

Declarations of Independence: Treaties, Transitions, and Tearing Away

In “Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen,” W. B. Yeats asked, “But is there any comfort to be found? / Man is in love and loves what vanishes, / What more is there to say?” The old world had ended, and a new one was beginning. The year 1919 witnessed the first meeting of Dáil Éireann, the start of the Irish War of Independence, the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the publication of several episodes of Ulysses in The Egoist, the release of the expanded version of Yeats’s The Wild Swans at Coole, and Éamon de Valera’s dramatic visit to America, among many other notable events. It was, in short, a year of treaties, transitions, and tearing away, a time when Irish writers, artists, historians, intellectuals, political parties, and social movements faced the realities of a continent beginning to recover from the Great War and a nation still fighting for independence. 

In the centenary year of these events, we invite Irish Studies scholars to gather in Boston, birthplace of the American Revolution and self-styled capital city of Irish America, to reflect on the 1919 era, its legacies throughout the twentieth century, and its resonances within the twenty-first. We welcome papers and panel proposals in all areas of Irish Studies, with particular interest in topics related to independence, transitional moments, and negotiated treaties or agreements.

Possible topics might include but are not limited to:
  • Formulations of political and/or artistic independence
  • Negotiated spaces
  • Contested territories
  • Peace agreements or broken treaties
  • Women’s rights
  • Domestic revolutions
  • Sexual orientation and transgender identities
  • Religious differences and interdenominational collaborations
  • Poetic statements of community or individualism 
  • Literary portrayals of individual and collective independence
  • Dramatic representations of rebellion on stage or screen
  • Ireland, America, and Paris

Conference events will include a poetry reading by Michael Longley at the Boston Public Library, as well as keynote addresses by Aileen Dillane, Catherine McKenna, John Regan, and a reading by poet Leontia Flynn. The Boston Park Plaza hotel is centrally located, and conference participants are encouraged to make the most of the many archives and university libraries in the Boston area during their stay. The Burns Library of Boston College will host an onsite exhibit of artifacts from their Irish collections.

Submission Guidelines: Individual papers and panel submissions (3-4 participants) are welcomed, as are proposals for presentations in non-traditional formats such as roundtables, discussion groups, or seminars. Abstracts should be 250 words in length and should include a brief (100-word) bio of the presenter. Proposals should be submitted via Please note that participation in ACIS 2019 is available only to American Conference for Irish Studies members in good standing. Details on joining ACIS or renewing your membership can be found at

Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis, but the final deadline for submission is Friday, November 16, 2018.

Conference co-hosted by Boston College, Bridgewater State University, Framingham State University, and UMass Boston.  

Questions? Email

ACLA 2019: Aestheticism and Decadence in Comparative Contexts: Criticism, Philosophy, PoliticsACLA 2019: Aestheticism and Decadence in Comparative Contexts: Criticism, Philosophy, Politics

My co-organizers and I seek proposals for a seminar on Aestheticism and Decadence in Comparative Contexts at the ACLA Annual Meeting, March 7-10, 2019, at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  

The seminar solicits papers on Aestheticism, Decadence, and L'Art pour L'Art in a variety of comparative contexts. We are especially interested in papers with strong criticial, philosophical, and theoretical dimensions. Although we anticipate that most papers in the seminar will discuss nineteenth-century versions of Aestheticism and Decadence, submitted topics need not limit themselves to the nineteenth century. We will also consider papers on Aestheticism's and Decadence's incarnations in the twentieth century and beyond. Nor will we limit our focus to British and Continental European contexts. We encourage submissions on Aestheticism and Decadence in a variety of transnational, cosmopolitan, transatlantic, and global contexts.

For a fuller description of the seminar, and to submit a proposal go here.

Proposals are due September 20, 2018 by 9am.

Contact Info: 
Matthew Potolsky
Professor of English
University of Utah

British Women Satirists in the Long Eighteenth Century
We seek proposals for scholarly essays on eighteenth-century British women satirists, their texts, and their contributions to the theory and practice of satire in the long eighteenth century. Accepted essays will be included in a book collection of articles to be published by a leading academic press. This timely essay collection will challenge current assumptions about eighteenth-century women writers and the gendered practice of satire during the long eighteenth century. We invite abstracts of up to 750 words for essays that uncover, examine, or reconceptualize the varied means by which British women writers in the long eighteenth century self-consciously and intentionally employed satire to critique, reform, and interrogate social, cultural, religious, or political practices and assumptions. We also invite essays that theorize works of female-authored satire and/or explore iconoclastic or everyday female satiric occasions through a variety of methodologies (historicist, feminist, material, archival, rhetorical, editorial, ecological, etc.). Chapters will address how eighteenth-century British women satirists appropriate, challenge, and disrupt traditionally masculine genres, modes, and styles of dramatic, verse, prose fiction, and ephemeral satire.  

Potential Areas of Inquiry:

  • Female satirists in (or in contrast to) the Horatian, Juvenalian, and Menippean traditions
  • Satiric fiction and the woman novelist; satiric subgenres, embedded modes; romans à clef
  • Women’s verse satire; satyrs; anti-pastoral poetry
  • Women writers and editors of satiric periodical essays
  • Women playwrights and dramatic satire
  • Satiric retorts to male-authored satires; interrogation or acceptance of the concept of “masculine satire”
  • Women’s contributions to the literary theory of satire
  • Women’s participation in satiric political commentary or censure
  • Female-authored translations or adaptations of classical satires
  • Feminist satiric critiques of class, gender, courtship, and marriage
  • Women satirists and legal or political philosophy
  • Women’s satires of didactic literature
  • Women’s satires of cultural consumption


  • Amanda L. Hiner, Associate Professor of English and Coordinator, Critical Thinking Program, Winthrop University
  • Elizabeth Tasker Davis, Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Stephen F. Austin State University

Timeline and Important Dates for Contributors:  
  • Essay Proposal/Abstract Deadline:  November 1, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance: January 1, 2019
  • Completed Essay Deadline (6500 – 7500 words): August 15, 2019

Article Abstract/Proposal Details:
  • Word Limit: 750 words
  • Language: English
  • Detailed description of proposed research subject with brief outline of article topics
  • Also, attach an abbreviated CV including a list of research interests

Submission Process: 

Essay proposals should be submitted in Microsoft Word format through email to Dr. Amanda L. Hiner and Dr. Elizabeth Tasker Davis 

Margaret Cavendish Society Conference 6-9 June 2019 TRONDHEIM, NORWAY
The society welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers on topics related directly or indirectly to the theme, or on any aspects of Cavendish, her work, her family (including William Cavendish, Jane Cavendish, and Elizabeth Cavendish) and her contemporaries, influences, and responses to her work. In particular, we invite panel proposals on the work of Anne Conway and other early modern women scientists and philosophers. Papers may explore, but are not limited to, the following disciplines: 

- art history
- social history
- book history
- digital humanities
- the history of science
- political theory
- literature
- ecocriticism
- gender studies 
- philosophy
- translation studies
- pedagogical approaches

The 2019 conference will feature invited speaker Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World (2014):

Siri Hustvedt is the author of a book of poems, four collections of essays, six novels, and a work of nonfiction. In 2012 she was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities. Her most recent novel The Blazing World was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Los Angeles Book Prize for Fiction 2014. Hustvedt has a PhD in English from Columbia University and is a lecturer in psychiatry at the Dewitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Department of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages. 

Abstracts of 150 to 200 words should be emailed to Lara Dodds and Lisa Walters together with a brief CV by December 1st, 2018.

For more information, or to register for the conference, please visit the website of the Margaret Cavendish Society.

'Europe' in Contemporary Literature and in Literary Studies (ACLA Conference, Washington, D.C., March 7-9, 2019)

Recent scholarship and creative writing have addressed the European project and cultural imaginaries of Europe in innovative ways. Examples include special issues on the future of Europe [New Literary History 43.4 (2012)] and European memory [European Review of History 24.4 (2017)], as well as essays such as Robert Menasse’s Enraged Citizens, European Peace and Democratic Deficits (2012, transl. 2016) that challenge readers to imagine what a supra-national Europe might look like. Fiction also engages with many of the issues that have dominated current debates in Europe – racism, the civil rights of refugees, and religious belonging, to name just three. The novel is still the most popular genre with which authors such as Jenny Erpenbeck in Germany (Go, Went, Gone, 2015), Shumona Sinha in France (Assomons les pauvres! 2011) or Mohsin Hamid in England (Exit West, 2017) have tackled these issues.  

Projects in the public realm address similar questions, for example, the House of European History that opened last year in Brussels “is dedicated to the understanding of the shared past and diverse experiences of European people” and provides access to its exhibition in 24 European languages. But what does it mean to “discover […] common ground in European history” at a time when incompatible concepts of – and realities in -- Europe and in particular in the European Union threaten to tear the continent apart - politically, economically, and socially? In light of these challenges, is it tenable to promote notions of European identity via the assertion of a common European memory? A more productive approach might be to think of “European” cultural memory as a way to engage with contravening memories. Arguably, literary fiction is well equipped to address these multi-layered perspectives. At the same time, the arts, in particular literature and film, can contribute to the “thickening” of imaginative relations with other group and help create alternative shared points of reference for the future (Rigney 2012, 622).

Against this backdrop, we propose a seminar that explores the treatment of Europe in contemporary literature written across the European continent as well as outside of Europe. We welcome papers that address questions such as the following: What might a field of Critical European Culture Studies look like and what is the role of contemporary literature in this context? How is Europe conceptualized not only in the discipline of Comparative Literature but also across the various “national” literatures? What are European topics in contemporary literature (roughly, the literature published since the end of the Cold War)? How is Europe narrated? And what is a European narrative, anyway? Possible thematic foci include European cultural memory, transnational legacies of colonialism and war, flight and migration, and mobility and belonging, among others.

Please send 300-word abstracts and a 1-page C.V. to Anke Biendarra and Friederike Eigler  by September 20, 2018.

Histories, Theories, and Uses of Waste Paper in Early Modern England
Deadline: 1 October 2018
Balliol College, University of Oxford, 15 June 2019
This one-day multidisciplinary conference will explore the manifold afterlives of waste paper in early modern England. Manuscript and printed sheets were frequently reused to wrap later volumes, to stiffen spines and cover the inside of bindings, to line boxes, to serve as notepaper, or (in the words of the poet Henry Fitzgeffrey) ‘to wrap Drugg's’, ‘dry Tobacco in’, and package ‘Pippin-pyes.’ While this cycle of use has long been understood as destructive, it also speaks to a distinctly pre-modern sense of how texts might endure beyond their initial form and function. We seek 15-minute papers that consider the origins, functions, and legacies of waste paper, as well as related practices of textual use, destruction, and care. Please send an abstract (with title) of approximately 200 words and a brief CV to by 1 October 2018.

The Irish Republican Army on Film: Critical Essays and Interviews
from editor: Matthew Edwards

This is a call for papers for a new anthology on the I.R.A and its depiction in film and documentary, with particular emphasis on The Troubles.

Through films such as The Crying Game, Bloody Sunday, '71, The Hunger the collection will look to analyse the conflict through both a historical and cinematic perspective. How have these films/documentaries dealt with such an emotive and sensitive subject and dealt with the controversial political discourse on The Troubles and other key historical events? How do these films portray the sectarian violence and do these films approach the subject matter with their own political agenda/viewpoint? How do these films portray the British forces, paramilitary groups and police/security forces during the conflict? How has the I.R.A been depicted on genre films?

The collection is looking for scholarly essays on any aspect of the I.R.A in relation to its cinematic portrayal. Both minor and major works will be considered along with documentarires and interviews with filmmakers who have been brave enough to turn their cinematic lens on this traumatic event.

To date, I have sourced an interview with the director of The Outsider.

Please send a full abstract and full biography to All abstracts should be in Times Roman, pt 12. If invited to submit a full essay for the collection, a style guide will be sent to adhere to (all essays should use the MHRA referencing system). I am hoping to get all the content finished by end of January 2019, though I can be flexible.

Matthew Edwards is the editor of a number of scholarly books relating to cinema. He is the editor of The Atomic Bomb in Japanese Cinema, was was published by McFarland to co-inside with the 70th Anniversary of the bombings (2015); Film Out of Bounds (2007, McFarland and Co) and the acclaimed collection Klaus Kinski, Beast of Cinema (McFarland and Co, 2016). He is also the author of Twisted Visions: Interviews with Horror Filmmakers, which was published in 2017 by McFarland and Co. My latest collection, The Rwandan Genocide on Film was published in summer 2018 by McFarland. McFarland and Co are interested in the collection as well are a number of other publishers.

(Un)Like. Intermedia Portraying Practices, c. 1700 to the Present

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NACBS 2018 Panel: Intelligence and Clandestine Activities against the Early Modern English State
I have organised a panel at this autumn’s NACBS (25-28 October) entitled 'Intelligence and Clandestine Activities against the Early Modern English State' which has been accepted to the conference. Unfortunately one of the panelists has had to withdraw due to unforeseen circumstances and consequently I am looking for a new speaker. 

The panel explores the themes of espionage, anti-state activities, and news in the early modern period. The first paper traces the movement of illegal Catholic texts in England, using new digital techniques to show how these were smuggled from one location to the next whilst evading the authorities. My paper looks at how a Catholic spy ring established itself in the Elizabethan court in the early 1590s, and how the information it gathered was used by English Catholic exiles at the courts in Spain, the Netherlands, and in Rome. If you would have a paper you think might be a good fit, please email me at

I look forward to hearing from you,



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Seeing the (Im)Material: Visual Detail, Abstraction, and Artifice in Medieval Texts, a panel at the 50th Anniversary Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, to be held in Washington, D.C., from March 21st through the 24th, 2019.
The literature produced by the communities of early Northern Europe, where the elements of craft and material culture informed the descriptive matter of both poetry and prose, has left a legacy which demands critical analysis of the ways in which the trappings of the real and the imaginary were represented. What were the relationships between figurative language, mimetic representation, the production of craft, and perceptions shaped by the visual arts? Did the allegories, symbols, emblems, fancies, and verisimilitude of literature in Old and Middle English, Old Norse/Icelandic, Early Welsh, or Early Irish provide opportunities to discuss the interface of descriptive writing with other modes of representation? Potential papers are asked to consider these questions, and to dig deeply into possible theoretical explanations to be found in native, Classical, or medieval vernacular rhetoric, cultural and social ideologies of artistic production, early notions of “product” and “marketplace,” the potential existence of schools or cults of “style,” the blurring of secular, sacred, profane, and visionary modes of perception, and the degree to which the process of representation in the visual and plastic arts functioned as a metaphor for the dynamics of literary creation. Abstracts of 300 words considering these and related questions are invited for participation in the panel Seeing the (Im)Material: Visual Detail, Abstraction, and Artifice in Medieval Texts, as part of the 50th Anniversary Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, to be held in Washington, D.C., from March 21st through the 24th, 2019. The deadline for submission of abstracts for this Northeast Modern Languages Association panel is September 30th, 2018. The panel is hosted by Professor David Pecan, of the department of English at SUNY Nassau Community College. All abstracts for this panel, identified as session number 17548, should be submitted through the official NeMLA website.

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Abstracts of 300 words considering these and related questions are invited for participation in the panel Seeing the (Im)Material: Visual Detail, Abstraction, and Artifice in Medieval Texts, as part of the 50th Anniversary Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, to be held in Washington, D.C., from March 21st through the 24th, 2019. The deadline for submission of abstracts for this Northeast Modern Languages Association panel is September 30th, 2018.  The panel is hosted by Professor David Pecan, of the department of English at SUNY Nassau Community College. All abstracts for this panel, identified as session number 17548, should be submitted through the official NeMLA website.

C21 Global Victorians: When East meets West
A One-day Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Warwick, England
Saturday 15th February 2019
Keynote speaker:
Professor Regenia Gagnier, University of Exeter
Profesor Stefano Evangelista, University of Oxford

Each society imagines the other based on its own social, political, religious and ethical tradition, spiritual paradigms, and perspectives on humanity and the world. The description of foreigners touches on the things that are most intrinsic and most fundamental to any society or culture. “A society’s view of foreigners may at times be one of disinterest, or curiosity, or rapturous approval, or unjust condescension or hatred. But the reasons for this infatuation or repulsion are in themselves always enlightening.” (J. Gernet,1994). The problematic term “Oriental” abounds fascinating arguments, and have already developed into an established school in post-colonial studies since the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978). It seems that the Western images in Eastern context, however, comparatively received less scholarly attention. Therefore, while exploring the Asian images in the long 19th-century art and literature, this conference also wishes to address a reversed gaze at the “exotic” Occidental Other to present that such intercultural exchanges between the two are in fact mutual. The Victorian style is also a major commercial inspiration in the creative industry in the 21st century. The increasingly popular Neo-Victorian trend in films and fashion arena is encouraging an examination of such “exotic” images in a modern interpretation.

This event aims to create a multi-disciplinary forum where Victorianists and scholars interested in material culture of the Victorian era, in general, to discuss different approaches to study the cultural interchanges between the two sides of the globe – with a focus on East and South East Asia – within the framework of the long 19th century and its legacy in the 21st, highlighting the interconnections between the “Oriental” and the “Occidental”.

We welcome expressions of interest for papers of 15-20 minutes long.

Please send your abstracts (of up to 250 words) to by 10th Nov 2018.

Possible themes, approaches, and topics might include:
• Otherness and diaspora
• Neo-Victorian Aestheticism in the Orient
• Victorian Material Cultures
• Chinoiseri
• Japonism
• Wilde
• Beardsleyana
• Sexuality and gender
• Consuming the Victorians
• Dandyism and Fashion
• Neo-Victorian in manga/anime

Publishing opportunities:
This conference is funded by the Humanities Research Centre and the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. The outcome of this project will be considered for the Warwick Series in the Humanities (with Routledge) publication.

Ukraine–Ireland: A Comparative Perspective
Guest editors: Volodymyr Kravchenko (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta) and [TBA]

As a means to overcome the conceptual isolation that area or ethnic studies sometimes have to contend with, this special issue of East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies (EWJUS) aims to look at some exceptional yet not unique issues in both Irish and Ukrainian socio-political history. This issue is a logical follow-up to another special issue of Схід–Захід (East–West), predecessor of EWJUS, volume 4, Rossia et Britannia: Empires and Nations on the Outskirts of Europe (2001). With a focus on Ukraine and Scotland, it examines the relationship between national identities and institutions in the eastern and western peripheries of Europe, reminding the reader that the modern state can both sustain and erode the very distinctiveness of peripheries while dealing with historical legacies and the unprecedented challenges of globalization.

Having experienced centuries of imperial domination, both Ireland and Ukraine have developed ways to co-opt and conceptualize the aftermath of their cultural, economic, and political colonization. The complex histories of both states include shared experiences of famine, political resistance, polyphonic language struggles, post-colonial culture, nation building, and collective identity construction, as well as large global diasporas and ongoing relations with them.

Some of the many questions to be unpacked in this special issue are:
  • What can be learned from the similarities in the Irish and Ukrainian experience while placing them within the context of European and global events? What experiences are shared by these states as they endeavour to overcome the geopolitical rifts in their collective past? How unique are the singular events in their history and what do they have in common? How have cultural interactions and ethnic migrations shaped the history and politics of these states and their diasporas?
  • Through comparative and transnational perspectives, we encourage scholars to apply creative approaches to this revisionist exercise, not only to better understand and potentially produce revised Irish and Ukrainian histories but also to address the problems of dealing with post-colonization in a globalizing world.

Ukraine–Ireland: A Comparative Perspective will be divided into four conceptual parts, to include the following respective themes:
  • Nation: Between region and empire (multilingualism, identity, policy, culture, literature, etc.)
  • Famine: Studies and memories (Holodomor and Gorta Mór)
  • Resistance: UPA (Ukraine) and IRA (Ireland)
  • Diaspora: The Canadian framework of the Irish and Ukrainian diasporas.

To express your interest, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to by 2 April 2018 (passed).

The deadline for submission of complete manuscripts (up to 7,500 words, including references) is 10 October 2018. Only authors whose abstract is approved by the editors for publication will be invited to submit a complete manuscript.

For more information on East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, click here.
For submission guidelines, please refer to this.

Contact Info: 
Vita Yakovlyeva, PhD
Research Associate, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

(Un)Like. Intermedia Portraying Practices, c. 1700 to the Present
The Centre for Life-Writing Research & The Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s
King’s College London
3 May 2019

Portraiture and life-writing have long been understood as genres that, for all their differences, share key concepts. As both genres are concerned with the individual figure, they rely on particularities and specificities, on telling events and characteristic anecdotes and, most importantly, on a representative depiction of the subject in question which was similar or like. Resemblance, similarity, likeness – these were the terms by which works were judged. A letter to the Daily Gazetteer remarked in 1742: ‘I think it is agreed on all Hands that in Biography, as it is in Portrait Painting, a Likeness is to be preserved, if we would give satisfaction in either Science.’ Importantly (and to complicate the study of likeness), the media concerned with likeness were likewise considered to be alike. The art theorist Jonathan Richardson famously wrote in 1715: ‘to sit for one’s Portrait is like to have an Abstract of one’s Life written and published, and to have one consigned over to Honour or Infamy’. Richardson referred to the long tradition of inter- or multi-media portraying and life-writing practices, the linking of literary with visual portraits for mutual benefit and the reciprocal bolstering of genres by providing additional information or another perspective. Next to resemblance and medial proximity, Richardson introduces a third aspect: appreciation or emotional response to portraits and biographies. Samuel Johnson would later write in the Idler no. 45 (1759) that ‘Every man is always present to himself, and has, therefore, little need of his own resemblance; nor can he desire it, but for the sake of those whom he loves, and by whom he hopes to be remembered’. Likeness, it appears, therefore intersects with the representation’s potential to make a person not only like, but also likeable, to have third parties appreciate both the individuals and their representations. This notion of recognition – understood as identification – being closely linked with respect and social approval still shows in such phenomena as Facebook and Instagram, where ‘to like’ equals acceptance, affirmation, or recommendation, signalling approval of the online persona.

This one-day workshop on 3 May 2019 seeks to address the different layers of likeness – resemblance, multimediality, appreciation – in portraits and life-writing in Europe since the beginning of the eighteenth century. We welcome studies on established genres but we are particularly interested in papers that explore hybrid, informal or unusual portraying practices while considering their socio-historic implications.

Topics may include:

  • ‘portraying’ as a multimedia concept
  • portraiture negotiations and portraits as negotiations
  • the notion of ‘character’ and ‘the self’ in different media
  • the role of character sketches, descriptions of persons, and drawings in social interaction and the public sphere
  • the ‘good likeness’ and adjacent terms and concepts
  • recognition, appreciation, sympathy, affection, or antipathy in discourses on likeness
  • reversing concepts: unlikeness, dissimilarity, difference, dislike
  • economies of production
  • portraiture in paratexts
  • publicity, celebrity and portraying.

Proposals that draw on materials from the King’s College London/Royal Archives collaboration Georgian Papers Programme are especially welcome.

We look forward to receiving abstracts (c. 300 words) for papers not exceeding 20 minutes or proposals for preformed panels and a brief academic bio by 30 November 2018. Contributors will be notified by December 15, 2018. Please direct your proposals and any enquiries here.


Professor Clare Brant
Co-Director, Centre for Life-Writing Research
King’s College London
Department of English
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

Kerstin Maria Pahl
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Lentzeallee 94
14195 Berlin


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