William Franke: Keynote, Named, and Invited Lectures

William Franke: Keynote, Named, and Invited Lectures (2009-2019)

2019

* “The Birth of Modernity and its Crisis in the Dante’s Phenomenology of the Self-Reflective Subject,” PLENARY LECTURE WITH RESPONDENT for “Psychology and the Other 2019 Conference,” section on “Dante and Phenomenology,” Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, October 4-6, 2019

* “Speculative Philology: From Ancient Theological Hermeneutics to Modern Linguistic Epistemologies,” Presenter at Yale-NUS and Princeton “Comparative Antiquity” workshop on “Global Classicism, National University of Singapore, August 1-5, 2019

* “Technological Transformation and Postmodern Re-enchantment of the Everyday,” Round Table on “Sacredness and the Everyday,” ICLA (International Comparative Literature Association) Annual Convention, University of St. Joseph, Macao, China, July 29-31, 2019

“Dante’s New Life and the New Testament: Hermeneutics of Revelation in the Vita Nuova,” Congresso Dantesco Internazionale: “Alma Dante 2019,” Ravenna, June 1, 2019

* “The Fate of Philology in a Logo-decentered Culture: The Challenge of Media Studies,” Gastvortrag [Guest Lecture], Lehrstuhl für Medienwissenschaften [Institute for Media Studies] in Fakultät für Sprach-, Literatur-, und Kulturwissenschaften [Faculty of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies], University of Regensburg, May 9, 2019

* “De Dante à Mallarmé à travers l’Hamlet de Shakespeare: Négativité de la révélation prophétique-poétique dans la modernité” (“From Dante to Mallarmé via Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Negativities of Prophetic Revelation in Modernity”), International Conference: « Dante et Shakespeare: Cosmologie, Politique et Poetique », University of Poitiers / Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale, FRANCE, 4-6 April 2019

* “Apophatic Thinking and its Applications: Between Explosion and Exhaustion,” INVITED LECTURE for “Negation und Wissen. Zur Kategorie der Negativität in Theologie, Anthropologie und Ästhetik der Vormoderne” [Negativity and Knowledge: On the category of negativity in theology, anthropology and aesthetics in the pre-modern period], Interdisciplinary Conference under auspices of SFB: Sonderforschungsbereich: Episteme in Bewegung, Freie Universität, Berlin, April, 4-5, 2019

2018

* “From Blake’s ‘Eternal Great Humanity Divine’ to Confucian Jūnzǐ 君子 as Consummate Humanity: Apophatic Paths between Post-Modern Secularity and Pre-Modern Divinity,” KEYNOTE SPEECH for Conference “Between Humanity and Divinity: In Literature, Art, Religion and Culture” of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (TACMRS), National Chi Nan University, Taiwan, October 19-20, 2018

“Dante between Philosophy and Philology (After the Theological Turn),” Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students, Co-led with Prof. Justin Steinberg, University of Chicago, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, The Newberry Library, Chicago, September 8, 2018

“Outline of an Apophatic Approach to an Intercultural Philosophy of Universalism,” 24th World Congress of Philosophy, Section 19: Intercultural Philosophy, Beijing, August 13-20, 2018

* “At the Creative Source of the Arts: Poetry as Prophecy in a Negative Theological Key,” KEYNOTE SPEECH for “Tell it Slant: A Symposium on Theology and the Arts,” Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, St. Francis Theological College of Charles Sturt University, Brisbane, Australia, June 15-17, 2018

* “Paths Beyond Words: The Ways of Unsaying in Early Modernity,” KEYNOTE SPEECH for Conference “Beyond Words: The Unknowable and Unutterable in Early Modernity,” Centre for Research on Early Modern Studies (CREMS) and Humanities Research Centre (HRC), University of York, UK, June 1, 2018

* “Negative Theology, Poetic Prophecy, and the Religious Bonding of Society,” Lecture Series: “Lecturas sobre Religión y sociedad civil,” Institute for Culture and Society, Department of Philosophy, University of Navarra,Pamplona, Spain, May 15, 2018

“Dante and the Crisis of Representation in the Modern Age,” MLA Panel on Crisis in Dante, Modern Language Association National Convention, New York City, January 7, 2018

2017

* “How to Read the Bible: Can Fundamentalists and Secularists be Brought into Dialogue?” Presentation of A Theology of Literature: The Bible as Revelation in the Tradition of the Humanities, Ecumenical Chaplaincy, Lake Forest Place, Lake Forest, Illinois, December 21, 2017

* “Contemporary Apophatic Thinking and its Fields of Application,” Guest Lecture for Critical Religion Research Group + Stirling Students Critical Religion Association, University of Sterling, Scotland, November 8, 2017 (via webcam)

* “The Other Italian Renaissance between Religion and Humanism: Dante to Vico,” Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Workshop co-led with Prof. Rocco Rubini, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, The Newberry Library, Chicago, October 13, 2017

* “Poetry as Prophecy: From Anthropological Origins to Postmodern Apocalypses,” KEYNOTE SPEECH for The Prophetic Word: Poetry, Philosophy and Theology in Conversation, The Power of the Word International Conference V, Heythrop Institute for Religion and Society (Heythrop College, University of London) and the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture (Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford), Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, England, September 13-16, 2017

* “Traum-Epistemologie und religiöse Offenbarung in Dantes Vita nuova [“Dream Epistemology and Religious Revelation in Dante’s Vita nuova”], Lecture for Graduiertenkolleg „Europäische Traumkulturen,“ Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany, June 13, 2017

“Writing as Theophany: Dante’s Scriptural Epiphany and the Medium as Metaphor for Immediacy,” “Schrift und Graphisches im Vergleich,” XVII. Tagung der DGAVL (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Vergleichende und Allgemeine Literaturwissenschaft), University of Bochum, Germany, June 6, 2017

2016 

 * “Apophatic Paths from Europe to China: Method and Mysticism in Intercultural Philosophy,” KEYNOTE SPEECH for Comparative Mysticism: Renewing a Neglected Project, Annual Conference of the Mystical Theology Network, University of Glasgow, Scotland, December 15, 2016

* “Religious Tradition and Interdisciplinary Humanities Studies in a (Post)Secular World,” Beijing Capitol University of Business and Economics (CUEB), Beijing, October 17, 2016

* “Liberal Arts Education as Learned Ignorance: From an East-Asian Vantage Point,” 60th ANNIVERSARY LECTURE, Beijing Capitol University of Business and Economics (CUEB), Beijing, October 14, 2016

* “Apophatische Theologie und ihre Wirkung auf die neuzeitliche Philosophie,”[Apophatic Theology and its Effects in Modern Philosophy] Summer Semester Block-Seminar, co-taught with Prof. Wilhelm Essler, Philosophy Department, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, August 2-6, 2016

“Die vielen Sprachen der Literaturwissenschaft,” ICLA 2016 – Association Internationale de Littérature Comparée/International Comparative Literature Association – XXI. Kongress, 21. Juli – 27. Juli 2016 – University of Vienna, Austria

* “Universality of Knowledge and Specialization at the University: A Path from France to China,” KEYNOTE SPEECH for International Academic Conference to Inaugurate the School of Foreign Studies, Beijing Capitol University of Business and Economics (CUEB), Beijing, May 26, 2016

“Imagining Otherness as an Aporia for Comparative Philosophy: In Debate with François Jullien,” 21st Symposium: Imagination East and West, Académie du Midi, Alet-les-bains, France, May 15-21

* “Books, Bread, and Bubbles: or How to Read Dante Backwards and Forwards in Time on the Way to China,” William Franke places his recent books in the context of an integrated philosophy of the humanities, Followed by a Critical Response to The Revelation of Imagination by Lenn Goodman, Andrew W. Mellon Prof. of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, April 6, 2016

* “The Apotheosis of Self-Reflection: Dante and the Inauguration of the Modern Era,” ANNUAL DANTE LECTURE at the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, co-sponsored by the Devers Program in Dante Studies, University of Notre Dame, and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies, Chicago, February 27, 2016

* “Poetry as Theology: New Theoretical Approaches to Dante,” Interdisciplinary Graduate Workshop co-led with Prof. Vittorio Montemaggi, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, The Newberry Library, Chicago, February 26, 2016

 2015 

* “Negative Theology,” Philippine Academy of Philosophical Research University of Santo Tomas (“The Catholic University of the Philippines”), Manila, Philippines, December 6, 2015

* “Theological Revelation and Secular Reason: Critical Proposals for a Meeting of Minds and Cultures,” Invited Lecture in Department of Philosophy, Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, December 5, 2015

* “The Tradition of the Chinese Classics and the Idea of World Literature Today,” KEYNOTE SPEECH (with simultaneous translation into Chinese) at International Symposium on “The Orient vs. The Occident: Cultural Exchanges and Influences,” sponsored by Foreign Language Department of Capital University of Economics and Business, jointly organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Capital International Culture Research Center of Beijing Language and Culture University, and the Comparative Literature Studies Center of Soochow University, Beijing, November 27-29, 2015

* “Negative Theologies and Apophaticism,” Invited Speaker and Panelist for Session on American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, November 22, 2015

“Universality and Cultural Difference between East and West,” Host and Moderator (with Xavier Garnier, Director of L’Alliance Française, Macao), Philosophy Café (public lecture/discussion): Rui Cunha Foundation, Macao, February 11, 2015

* “Liberal Arts Education in the East-Asian University: The Unspeakable Basis of Comparative Humanities,” Invited Speaker and Panelist on Symposium on “Liberal Arts in the Age of Globalization,” 10th Anniversary Celebration of Underwood International College, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, October 28, 2015

* “Apophatic Paths from Europe to Asia: A Personal Philosophical Journey,” Invited Lecture for Center for Zhouyi and Ancient Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy Department, Shandong University, China, October 20, 2015

* “Nothingness and the Aspiration to Universality in the Poetic ‘Making’ of Sense:   An Essay in Comparative East-West Poetics,” What Is World Literature? Tension between the Local and the Universal, An International Summit Dialogue and Forum, School of Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing Normal University, October 16-17, 2015

* “From the Globalism of Nature to the Universality of Thought: Bringing Universalist Ethics and Politics back into Ecological Harmony by the Apophatic Way,” 27th International Conference of Philosophy (IAGP): Global Ethics and Politics (Invited Speaker), Vouliagmeni (Athens metropolitan coast), July 10-16, 2015

* “Die Apophase als Paradigma der belehrte Unwissenheit”                                     [“Apophasis as Paradigm of Learned Ignorance”], Cusanus-Tagung zur Thematik des Idiota bei Cusanus, University of Tübingen, Germany, June 5-6, 2015

“Cognitive Universality between Science and the Humanities,” PhilHist’15: History of Philosophy Conference on “Interactions,” DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Research Centre), Istanbul, Turkey, May 14-16, 2015

“Classical Chinese Thought and the Sense of Transcendence,” International Colloquium: Transcendence and Immanence in Intercultural Philosophy, Program of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Macao, March 20- 21, 2015

“What is Apophatic Thinking and Why is it Relevant Today? Discussions around William Franke’s A Philosophy of the Unsayable, Introduction and Roundtable, International Philosophy Colloquium, Program of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Macao, March 7, 2015

* “Philosophical Universalism and the Role of China in the World Today,” Philosophy Café (public lecture/discussion): Rui Cunha Foundation, Macao, February 11, 2015

* “Natural Cognition, Universals, and the Nothing of Religion,” Keynote Address for “Cognition, Religion, and Science”: A Conference of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), co-sponsored by the Toronto Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion Philosophy and Religious Studies Program, University of Macao, January 13-14, 2015

2014

* “Immanence versus Transcendence–A Key Controversy in Comparative Philosophy,” Invited Lecture in Philosophy Colloquium series, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, October 13, 2014

* “Dante’s Apophatic Vision and Classical Daoist and Confucian Wisdom: Methodological Reflections on Comparative Philosophy, Religion, and Literature,” Dante and East Asia, Devers Program in Dante Studies, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, August 27-28, 2014

* “Self-Reflection and the Theological Apotheosis of Lyric in the Paradiso,Lecture at NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Institute: “Dante’s Divine Comedy, poetry, philosophy, and the city of Florence,” Florence, July 21, 2014

 

Seminar on Paradiso VI-X and XI-XVIII, NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Institute: “Dante’s Divine Comedy, poetry, philosophy, and the city of Florence” (Institute Leader, with Brenda Schildgen, et al.), Florence, July 18-22, 2014

“Identity and the Undefinable: What Escapes all Social Categorizations?” 14th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Vienna, July 9-11, 2014

“The Philosopher or the Sage? Apophaticism in Europe and China,” Symposium: Wisdom East and West, Académie du Midi, Alet-les-bains, France, June 8-14

* “Paul Among the Theorists: A Genealogy of the New Universalism,” 2014 Symposium of contributors to Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion, University of Toronto, June 4-6, 2014

Invited participant in Jungcusaner Symposium (“Wissensformen bei Nicolaus Cusanus”), Kueser Akademie für Europäische Geistesgeschichte, Berncastle-Kues, Germany, May 26-28, 2014

“Universalism and Transcendentality East and West: The Theological Anomaly” Critical Theory and the Way: Kantian Paradigms and Prospects in East Asia, International Philosophy Symposium, University of Macao, May 8-10, 2014

* “Knowledge and the Humanities,” (With Dean Martin Montgommery, Chair Professor of English), Faculty Seminar for Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Macao, April 30, 2014

* “Religion and Literature: Method and Meaning or Porphyry’s Hermeneutics of Revelation and the Philosophical Criticism of Literature,” Humanities Research Seminar in Religion and Literature, Chinese University of Hong Kong, April 11, 2014

“Rethinking Cultural Universality Today,” The International Institute of Knowledge Management, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2014), April 3, 2014

“Rethinking Cultural Universality Today and the Question of Theological Transcendence,” International Conference on “Cultural Spaces, Cultures of Difference,” Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andrha Pradesh, India, 27-29 January, 2014

 2013

“From Epic Wholeness to Anamorphic Imagination: A Poetic Epistemology of the Humanities,” International Colloquium on “The Force of Imagination,” University of Macao, December 14, 2013

“Natural Cognition and its Cultural A Prioris: Macau as the Double Swinging Door between Cultures,” Introductory Address for International Conference on “Natural Cognition: Logic, Evolution, Organisms,” Program in Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Macau, December 14, 2013

“Amphibolies of the Postmodern: Hyper-Secularity or the Return of Religion,” Annual International Conference on Advances in Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCS), Singapore, December 9-10, 2013

“The New Apophatic Universalism: Deconstructive Critical Theories and Open Togetherness in the European Tradition,” ASCP (Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy) Annual Conference, Response Session to my paper, with respondent (Prof. Chris Hackett), University of Western Sydney, Paramatta, Australia, December 3-5, 2013

* “Des pistes apophatiques menant de l’Europe en Chine: En cheminant avec François Jullien,” Bilingual (French-Chinese) Conference-Workshop with François Jullien, (with simultaneous translation into Chinese), Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, November 7-8, 2013

* INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON DANTE AND THE SENSE OF TRANSGRESSION, “Transgression and Transcendence: What Makes Religion Radical? A two-day symposium to discuss Prof. William Franke’s book Dante and the Sense of Transgression: ‘The Trespass of the Sign’,” Institute for Christianity and Culture, International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, Japan, October 11-12, 2013

* “The Humanities and the Ideal of Wholeness—Epic Pasts, Partisan Presents, Plural Futures,” International Speakers Series on “The Future of the Humanities,” International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, October 12, 2013

* “L’éloge de la fadeur et la litote du neutre: Entre François Jullien, Maurice Blanchot et Roland Barthes” [The Eulogy of Blandness and the Litotes of the Neutral: Between François Jullien, Maurice Blanchot, and Roland Barthes], Colloquium: “Des possibles de la pensée : Autour des travaux de François Jullien,” CERISY-la-Salle (France), September 14-21, 2013

“Thinking in the Gap between the Cultures of Greece and China: Apophatic Universalism,” 23rd World Congress of Philosophy: Philosophy as Inquiry and as Way of Life, School of Philosophy, University of Athens, Greece, August 2-11, 2013

“Agamben’s Logic of Exception and its Apophatic Roots and Offshoots,” International Conference “Except Asia: Agamben’s Work in Transcultural Perspective,” Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, June 25-27, 2013

* “Dante’s Theology and Contemporary Thought,” featured lecture-workshop at: International Seminar “Dante’s Theology” sponsored by Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Leeds Center for Dante Studies, and Devers Program for Dante Studies, University of Notre Dame, Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, June 21, 2013

* “All or Nothing? The Question of Nature as Bond between the Chinese Classic Past and the Global Future,” Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung sponsored Philosophy Colloquium:  “Nature-Time-Responsibility,” University of Macao (China), April 14, 2013

“Postmodern Identity Politics and the Social Tyranny of the Definable,” Third Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion, and Philosophy, IAFOR “Connectedness and Alienation: The 21st Century Enigma,” Osaka, Japan, March 30, 2013

“François Jullien and the Notion of Immanence:  Chinese compared with Western Thought and Culture,” Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong (ASAHK), 8th Annual Conference: “Transformations, Development and Culture in Asia: Multidisciplinary Perspectives,” University of Hong Kong, March 9, 2013

 2012

“Religious Literature’s Secular Vocation:  Dante and Postmodern Thought,” Conference on Italian Literature and Religion, Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto, October 11, 2012

* “Trauma and Silence in the Post-Holocaust Poetry of Paul Celan,” International Forum for Advanced Research in English: “Suffering in Literature and Trauma Studies,” English Department, University of Macao, August 23-26, 2012

* “Der Übergang zum ‚anderen Zustand‘ als literarisches Motiv,“ Invited Research Conference: “Ende oder Umbau einer Erlösungsreligion? Verschiebungen in der Vorstellung eines nicht nur endlichen, sondern ‘ewigen’ Lebens,” Evangelisch-Theologisch Fakultät, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany, July 12-15, 2012

“The New Apophatic Universalism: Deconstruction, Negative Theology, and Open Togetherness in the European Tradition,” International Conference on Interrogating Cosmopolitan Conviviality: New Dimensions of the European in Literature, University of Bamberg, May 24, 2012

* “The Art of Memory or the Forgetting of Art? The Visionary Moment in Dante and Blanchot,” KEYNOTE SPEECH for International Conference: “Memory: Impressions, Expressions, Reflections: An Interdisciplinary Conference,” The Department of English Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria, March 28, 2012

“The Apophatic Experiential Grounds of Philosophy of Religion,” Wesleyan Philosophical Society, annual meeting on Philosophy and Religious Experience, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, March 1, 2012

* “Christian Figuralism and Kenosis: From Otherworldliness to the Becoming Worldly of Otherness,” MLA National Convention, Religion and Literature Section, Panel on “Secularism,” Seattle, Washington, January 6, 2012

 2011

 “The Holistic Ideal of the Humanities and Religious Revelation:Linguistic-Cultural Diaspora or a New Universality?” Lecture for the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Hong Kong, November 7, 2011

* “Epic Imagination and the Unlimited Vision of Literature,” Distinguished Lecture Series, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Macao, October 27, 2011

* “Reading Emily Dickinson: Three Approaches to One of her Poems,” with linguist Martin Montgomery and translator Zhang Meifang, Department of English Seminar Series, University of Macao, October 21, 2011

* “L’itinéraire du corps dans la Divine comédie de Dante” (“The Itinerary of the Body in Dante’s Divine Comedy”), Lecture and seminar for the Faculty of Philosophy, Catholic Institute of Paris, September 23, 2011

* “Le commencement et la fin de la philosophie dans le mysticisme apophatique: de Platon au postmodernisme,” (“The Beginning and the End of Philosophy in Apophatic Mysticism: From Plato to Postmodernism”), Lecture at colloquium on “Philosophie et Mystique: Autour de Stanislas Breton,” CERISY-la-Salle (France), August 27, 2011

* “Dante e la teologia negativa” [Dante and Negative Theology], ISSR (Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose), University of Urbino Carlo Bo, August 18, 2011

“Canonicity, Creativity, and the Total Revelation of Literature,” The Hospitable Text Conference: New Approaches to Religion and Literature, London, July 14-17, 2011

“The Paramount Importance of What Cannot Be Said in Public Theological Discourse,” International Conference on Contextuality and Intercontextuality in Public Theology, GNPT (Global Network for Public Theology), Dietrich Bonhoeffer Research Center for Public Theology, University of Bamberg, June 24, 2011

* “A Philosophy of the Humanities: Their Classical Roots and Contemporary Relevance,” Lecture sponsored by Department of English, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Macao, May 5, 2011

Letargo and the Argo: Total Forgetting as the Moment of Truth at the Climax of Dante’s Divine Comedy and the Christian Epic Tradition,” KEYNOTE ADDRESS: 4.Internationale Nachwuchstagung des DFG-Graduiertenkollegs: Generationenbewußtsein und Generationenkonflikte in Antike und Mittelalter: “Erfahren, Erzählen, Errinern: Narrative Konstruktionen von Gedächtnis und Generation in Antike und Mittelalter” [4th International Postgraduate Colloquium,  DFG [German Research Foundation]: “Record, Relate, Remember: Narrative Constructions of Memory and Generation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages”], Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg, March 2- 4, 2011

2010

“Don’t Mention It: Emily Dickinson’s Poetics of ‘Still Appreciation’” (read by Gary Stonum), Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) International Conference, Oxford University, August 8, 2010

* “The Scientific Paradigm and the Poetic Epistemology of the Humanities,” PLENARY ADDRESS for 12th International Conference of ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas): “Thought in Science and Fiction,” Cankaya University, Ankara, Turkey, August 4, 2010

“Porphyry and the Philosophical Interpretation of Literature,” Session on Literary Philosophy and Philosophical Literature, ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas), Cankaya University, Ankara, Turkey, August 3, 2010

“Poetic Revelation:  Between Language and Apocalypse,” Tools of the Sacred, Techniques of the Secular: Awakening, Epiphany, Apocalypse and Doubt in Contemporary English-Language Verse, Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, May 7, 2010

2009

* “’Il Trapassar del Segno’: Language and Transcendence in Dante’s Paradiso,” KEYNOTE SPEECH for The Fourth Interdisciplinary Conference of the Nordic Dante Network: “Dante and Transgression,” University of Tampere, Finland, August 20, 2009

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