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Green World

Green World

GREEN GROWTH: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES

Call for Papers

We invite PhD students and early career-researchers based in Britain and in the member countries of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (China, India, US, Australia, etc.) to submit papers for a symposium on ‘Green Growth,’ organized by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) Tokyo, on 25th and 26th July 2014. Funds are available to cover travel and accommodation expenses for accepted participants, from the Daiwa Foundation (for British-based participants) and from the APN-GCR.

Key Dates

Deadline for application, British-based participants: 14 June 2014

Deadline for application, APN-region participants: 31May 2014

Notification of acceptance, British-based participants: 16 June 2014

Notification of acceptance, APN-region participants: 10 June 2014

Draft papers due: 10 July 2014
The symposium will include plenary sessions as well as presentations by PhD students and early-career participants. Plenary speakers will include:

1.      Juan Martinez-Alier, Professor, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

2.      Ulrich Hoffmann, Senior Trade Policy Adviser to the Director of the International Trade Division UNCTAD

3.      Birgit Mahnkopf, Professor of Political Economy, Berlin School of Economics and Law

4.      Steffen Boehm, Professor and Director, Essex Sustainability Institute, University of Essex

5.      John Crowley, Team Leader for Global Environmental Change, Division of Ethics, Science and Society, UNESCO-Paris (tbc)

6.      John Byrne, Director and Distinguished Professor of Energy & Climate Policy, Centre for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware (tbc)

7.      Ricardo Abramovay, Professor, University of São Paulo

8.      Anne Posthuma, Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Labour Studies, ILO, Geneva

9.      Larry Lohmann, The Corner House (tbc)

10.    James Meadway, Senior Economist, New Economics Foundation

 

Application and Selection Criteria

Please include the following as part of your application:

a) Abstract of the paper to be presented (250 words);

b) Summary of research interests and/or engagement with relevant policy processes, policy advocacy and social movements (500 words)

c) Curriculum vitae (4-pages max.)

 

For British-based applicants, please email your applications by 14 June to: gareth.dale@brunel.ac.uk

For APN-area applicants, please email your applications by 31 May to: fueta@unu.edu

Alongside the quality of the abstract, selection criteria include:

·         Fit between the applicant’s research and/or policy engagement, broadly defined, and this project

·         Potential to benefit from and contribute to the symposium and follow-up activities

 

We look forward to receiving your applications,

Gareth Dale, Brunel University, London

Manu V. Mathai, UNU-IAS

Jose Puppim de Oliveira, UNU-IAS

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/green-growth-critical-perspectives-call-for-papers-funding-available

Harvesting

Harvesting

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Marx for Today

NEW VENUE FOR ‘MARXISM AND REVOLUTION TODAY’ ISJ WEEKEND SCHOOL

PLEASE NOTE: The University of Westminster has had to cancel the booking for due to construction work overrunning. We are therefore moving the event to the London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8UE (near Kings Cross St Pancras station) http://goo.gl/maps/VQY9h. The event is filling up, so email barcol@gmail.com to reserve your space ASAP.

 

Marxism and Revolution Today

A weekend school hosted by International Socialism journal

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2012

Now at: London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road  Holborn, London WC1X 8UE (near Kings Cross St Pancras station) Map: http://goo.gl/maps/VQY9h

In 1987, Bookmarks published Revolutionary Rehearsals, a collection of essays on France 1968, Chile 1972-3, Portugal 1974-5, Iran 1978-9 andPoland 1980-1. Were a “second edition” to appear a quarter century later, what new experiences would need to be taken into account? This weekend school will explore some aspects of the revolutionary experience of the past 25 years.

 

Outline programme

Saturday 22 September

Registration: 10.00-10.30am

Session 1: 10.30am-12.30pm

Introductory themes: Neil Davidson and Alex Callinicos

 

Session 2: 1.30-3.30pm

The Arab Spring 2011-12: Anne Alexander and Dalia Mostafa

 

Session 3: 4.00-6.00pm

Eastern Europe 1989 and the “colour revolutions”: Gareth Dale and Megan Trudell

 

Sunday 23 September

Session 4: 10.30am-12.30pm

The overthrow of Apartheid in South Africa: Claire Ceruti

 

Session 5: 1.30-3.30pm

Latin America, 2000-2012: Jeffery Webber and Mike Gonzales

 

Session 6: 4.00-6.00pm

Contemporary problems of revolutionary politics: John Rose, Jonny Jones and Colin Barker

 

Admission: Waged £20, Unwaged £10

 

To reserve your space, please contact Colin Barker barcolin@gmail.com

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-venue-for-isj-marxism-and-revolution-today-event  

 

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Marx for Today

MARXISM AND REVOLUTION TODAY

Marxism and Revolution Today
A weekend school hosted by International Socialism Journal

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2012

University of Westminster, Cavendish Campus, 140 New Cavendish Street,
Paddington, Greater London W1W 6UW (http://goo.gl/maps/tC4l)

In 1987, Bookmarks published Revolutionary Rehearsals, a collection of essays on France1968, Chile 1972-3, Portugal 1974-5, Iran 1978-9 and Poland 1980-1. Were a “second edition” to appear a quarter century later, what new experiences would need to be taken into account? This weekend school will explore some aspects of the revolutionary experience of the past 25 years.

Outline programme

Saturday 22 September

Registration: 10.00-10.30am

Session 1: 10.30am-12.30pm
Introductory themes: Neil Davidson and Alex Callinicos

Session 2: 1.30-3.30pm
The Arab Spring 2011-12: Anne Alexander and Dalia Mostafa

Session 3: 4.00-6.00pm
Eastern Europe 1989 and the “colour revolutions”: Gareth Dale and Megan Trudell

Sunday 23 September

Session 4: 10.30am-12.30pm
The overthrow of Apartheid in South Africa: Claire Ceruti

Session 5: 1.30-3.30pm
Latin America, 2000-2012: Jeffery Webber and Mike Gonzales
Session 6: 4.00-6.00pm
Contemporary problems of revolutionary politics: John Rose, Jonny Jones and Colin Barker

Admission: Waged £20, Unwaged £10
For further details of the weekend school, please contact Colin Barker
barcolin@gmail.com

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/marxism-and-revolution-today-weekend-school-hosted-by-isj-22-23-september-london  
UPDATE: 10th September 2012

NEW VENUE FOR ‘MARXISM AND REVOLUTION TODAY’ ISJ WEEKEND SCHOOL

PLEASE NOTE: The University of Westminster has had to cancel the booking for due to construction work overrunning. We are therefore moving the event to the London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8UE (near Kings Cross St Pancras station) http://goo.gl/maps/VQY9h. The event is filling up, so email barcol@gmail.com to reserve your space ASAP.

 

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Marketisation of Higher EDucation

Marketisation of Higher Education

DEMOCRACY AND THE MARKET: SHIFTING BALANCES, SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES

October 4-6, 2012, Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven, Belgium

 

Confirmed speakers include:

Gareth Dale (Brunel University, UK)

Andrew Levine (University of Maryland, USA)

Katharina Pistor (Columbia University, USA)

Frank Vandenbroucke (University of Leuven, Belgium)

What has happened to the wealth of nations – and to their sovereignty? In Europe and theUS, the symbiosis of democratic political systems and a mixed capitalist economy has long been regarded as the best way to increase stability and prosperity. However, the nature of this symbiosis seems to be undergoing a radical change. What seems to be truly new is the extent to which processes of decision-making are dominated by markets, technocrats and non-democratic financial institutions.

This development raises a number of questions. If democratic policies are increasingly geared toward the demands of the markets, is this accidental or due to inherent features of democracy and/or markets? Will states and groups of states that deliberately released the force of the market be able to preserve their democratic nature and the values bound up with the very idea of democracy, or are we entering the era of so-called post-democracy? Has the market, in its turn, become a locus of political power in its own right or does it put pressure on the political sphere without modifying its nature? What kind of thing is a market at any rate? Does it make sense to attribute political power to something that operates completely anonymously and cannot be held accountable?

We now invite abstracts for papers that address one or more of these questions from a contemporary perspective and/or by reconsidering the legacy of thinkers such as Smith, Hegel and Marx.

Papers should be suitable for 30 minutes presentations (+ 15 minutes discussion). Please send an abstract of about 500 words to: democracymarket2012@gmail.com no later than May 15. Those who submit abstracts will be notified by June 15. Unfortunately, we cannot provide for travel and lodging costs. For any questions, please contact  democracymarket2012@gmail.com

The conference is hosted by the ‘Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies’ and ‘Research in Political Philosophy Leuven’ (RIPPLE) of theUniversityofLeuven.

For information about the host institutions see http://hiw.kuleuven.be/eng/ and http://www3.kuleuven.be/ripple/ and http://ghum.kuleuven.be/ggs/

 

Organizing Committee

Prof. dr. Karin de Boer (UniversityofLeuven)

Prof. dr. Antoon Braeckman (UniversityofLeuven)

Dr. Lisa Herzog (University St. Gallen)

Dr. Matthias Lievens (UniversityofLeuven)

Dr. Nicholas Vrousalis (UniversityofLeuven)

 

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Socialism and Hope

Socialism and Hope

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM JOURNAL – NUMBER 134 

Now Out!

See: http://www.isj.org.uk/

 

Analysis

Rumours of crisis, revolution and war
Alex Callinicos

Interview – Greece: the struggle radicalises

France: anti-capitalist politics in crisis

The politics of the Scottish independence referendum
Neil Davidson

The shock of the new: anti-capitalism and the crisis
Jonny Jones

‘Most humble day’: the Murdoch empire on the defensive
John Newsinger

The growth paradigm: a critique
Gareth Dale

Housing: as it is, and as it might be
David Renton

Pitfalls and radical mutations: Frantz Fanon’s revolutionary life
Leo Zeilig

The late Christopher Hitchens
Richard Seymour

Feedback

Explaining the crisis or heresy hunting? A response to Joseph Choonara
David McNally

The Morales government: neoliberalism in disguise?
Federico Fuentes

Letter to the editor: Libya
Gilbert Achcar

Book Reviews

Race and class in the US
Nicola Ginsburgh

After the fall
Gabriele Piazza

Materialism vs creationism
Amy Gilligan

Thought for food
Dave Sewell

Another social work is possible
Francesca Byron

How green was my valley?
Tim Evans

Nude, shrewd but sometimes crude
Joseph Choonara

Remembering E P Thompson
Christian Hogsbjerg

Pick of the quarter

This quarter’s selection

 

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Radical Thinkers

PhD SCHOLARSHIPS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AT BRUNEL UNIVERSITY

The School of Social Sciences of Brunel University has recently announced nine PhD scholarships. Scholarships include fees, a living allowance, and teaching experience. More information is available here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/research/phd-scholarships

The Brunel Social and Political Thought Research Group is keen to encourage applications for these scholarships. 

The BSPT Group’s research explores different traditions and currents in critical social and political thought. Our individual and collective work covers the full range of modern social and political thought, from the Renaissance through to the twentieth century. We have a focus on the European context and tradition. 

Particular research strengths include early modern political thought, the critique of political economy, the history of Marxism and theories of war and conflict. We are also engaged in debates in contemporary political theory and European philosophy, including state theory, the critique of security, critical IPE, concepts of the political and notions of monstrosity. As a group we have specialist knowledge of a diverse range of political theorists, including Machiavelli, Spinoza, Hobbes, Burke, Hegel, Marx, Gramsci, Schmitt, Althusser, Polanyi, Foucault and Negri. The Group is particularly keen to welcome research students working in these and related fields.

Key members of the research group in the School of Social Sciences include:

Dr Gareth Dale, author of Karl Polanyi: The Limits of the Market (Polity Press, 2010)

Dr Filippo Del Lucchese, author of Conflict, Power and Multitude in Machiavelli and Spinoza (Continuum Press, 2009)

Prof Mark Neocleous, author of Critique of Security (Edinburgh University Press, 2008); The Monstrous and the Dead: Burke, Marx, Fascism (University of Wales Press, 2005)

Dr John Roberts, author of The Competent Public Sphere: Global Political Economy, Dialogue and the Contemporary Workplace (Palgrave, 2009)

Dr Peter D. Thomas author of The Gramscian Moment. Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism (Brill Academic Press, 2009)

For more information, visit our web pages:

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/politics/research-and-research-centres/social-and-political-thought

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/modern-political-thought-violence-and-revolution-ma

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brunel-University-Modern-Political-Thought/20539302615 0272?sk=wall    

For enquires regarding the scholarships, please contact:

Filippo Dellucchese: Fillippo.Dellucchese@brunel.ac.uk

Mark Neocleous Mark.Neocleous@brunel.ac.uk

Peter Thomas PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk

Peter D. Thomas
Politics and History
Brunel University
Uxbridge
Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom

Office: MJ 229

Office hours: Tuesday 14.30-15.30; Thursday 11.30-12.30 

Phone: +44 (0)18952 67573
Work Email: PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk
Personal Email: thomas_p_au@yahoo.com.au

Staff Page: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/politics/staff-profiles/peter-thomas

Brunel Social and Political Thought Research Group: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/politics/research-groups-and-centres/social-and-political-thought

MA in Modern Political Thought: Violence and Revolution: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/modern-political-thought-violence-and-revolution-ma

Historical Materialism: http://historicalmaterialism.org/

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Age of Austerity

CRITICAL THEORY IN AN AGE OF AUSTERITY

Critical Theory in an Age of Austerity
Brunel University, London

Tuesday June 21st
Brunel Lecture Centre
Room 207
12.00-4.30

Critical Theory is closely associated with the work of a generation of postwar social theorists. Figures such as Theodor Adorno drew on earlier critical traditions, most notably Marxism, to provide an original and sophisticated critique of society that included groundbreaking work on popular culture, politics and philosophy. Since then, new and exciting strands of critical theory have emerged to take account of the changing nature of (global) societies.

The aim of this workshop is to explore various strands of critical theory in order to help us make sense of our current age of austerity. We will also discuss the possibilities of establishing a critical theory research network at Brunel.

The workshop brings together academics from across the social sciences and humanities at Brunel and will cover both empirical and theoretical issues such as neoliberalism and culture, the Big Society, refugees, queer theory, deconstruction, politics of in/difference, law and critique, structures of feeling, and critical media studies.

All are welcome!

For further information, contact:

John Roberts (Sociology and Communications): John.Roberts@brunel.ac.uk
Gareth Dale (Politics and History): Gareth.Dale@brunel.ac.uk
Peter D. Thomas (Politics and History): PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk

Travel directions: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/campus/directions/directions

Critical Theory in an Age of Austerity
Programme Sessions:

Tea/coffee – available from 12.00

Introduction – 12.15
Gareth Dale (Politics & History)
John Roberts (Sociology & Communications)
Peter Thomas (Politics & History)

Session 1 – 12.30-1.30
Big, Little, Local, or Global Society? (Chair: John Roberts)
Nadine El-Enany (Law)
Fiona Cullen (Social Work)
Milly Williamson (Screen Media)

Break: 1.30-1.45

Session 2 – 1.45-2.45
Theory in the Humanities: Palintropes, Indifference, Queer (Chair: Gareth Dale)
William Watkin (English)
William Spurlin (English)
Sean Gaston (English)

Break: 2.45-3.00

Session 3 – 3.00-4.00
Critical Media Studies, Social Structures, and Law (Chair: Peter Thomas)
Julian Petley (Journalism)
Mike Wayne (Screen Media)
Craig Reeves (Law)

Conclusion:
Critical Theory at Brunel: Prospects for a Research Network/Centre (general discussion)

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Marketisation of Higher Education

MARKETS AND THE LIMITS OF DEMOCRACY: TWO TALKS BY COLIN LEYS

Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

Markets and the Limits of Democracy: two talks by Colin Leys

At a time of rapid and controversial reform of Britain’s public sector, Goldsmiths’ Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy organizes two public talks with Colin Leys (Goldsmiths and Queens University, Ontario). Professor Leys is the author of Market-Driven Politics (Verso 2000) and the co-author with Stewart Player of The Plot Against the NHS (Merlin 2011) and Confuse and Conceal: The NHS and Independent Treatment Centres (Merlin 2008).

www.gold.ac.uk/global-media-democracy/events/

Thursday 3 March 2011 – The Plot against the NHS
Without putting choice to the electorate or the parliament the coalition government is reforming the NHS to achieve an ‘improved productivity and efficiency’. Is the UK heading towards a privatised US-style healthcare market?

Karen Jennings of UNISON will be responding to Professor Leys’ talk.
6.30-8pm Richard Hoggart Building (Main Building) Room 309

Thursday 10 March 2011 – Why was Karl Polanyi wrong? Have we seen the last of social democracy?
Taking the debate to a broader historical and theoretical level, this talk discusses Karl Polanyi’s view in 1944 that capital would never again be allowed to be ‘self-regulating’: is the truth the opposite, that capital will never again be regulated by collective political action?

Gareth Dale of Brunel University and Fran Tonkiss from LSE will be responding to Professor Leys’ talk.
5.30-7pm Richard Hoggart Building (Main Building) Room 309

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Socialism and Hope

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM JOURNAL ISSUE 129

http://www.isj.org.uk/

CONTENTS:

Analysis
The student revolt and the crisis

Mad as hatters? The Tea Party movement in the US
Megan Trudell

Police killings and the law
Simon Behrman

Labourism and socialism: Ralph Miliband’s Marxism
Paul Blackledge

True crime stories: some New Labour memoirs
John Newsinger

Marxism and disability
Roddy Slorach

Decoding capitalism
Joseph Choonara

What’s wrong with school history?
Andrew Stone

Why we should be sceptical of climate sceptics
Suzanne Jeffery

Tony Cliff’s Lenin and the Russian Revolution
John Rose

Feedback

Sex work: a rejoinder
Gareth Dale and Xanthe Whittaker

Discussing the alternatives
Grace Lally

Book reviews

A tangled tale
Yuri Prasad

Revolution rewritten
Jack Farmer

Analysing honour
Mark Harvey

Globalising Gramsci
Adrian Budd

Intellectual weapons
Alex Callinicos

Pick of the quarter

This quarter’s selection

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Education on Trial

EDUCATION ON TRIAL

Education on Trial will be happening in the heart of London at ULU on Thursday 4th November from 6-11pm.

The event is held in the wake of the cuts announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review and ahead of the NUS/UCU national demonstration against education cuts.

Comedians, artists, musicians, poets, academics and activists will discuss schools, testing, funding education, what education is for and much more around a central ‘pub table’ where audience members are encouraged to join in the debate.

Tickets are £5/3 are available online at PayPal at http://lovemutinytickets.blogspot.com/2010/10/education-on-trial-tickets.html

Organisers are asking supporters and regulars to book up now to avoid disappointment.

The fantastic line up includes: Vicki Baars from NUS LGBT, academic and activist Gareth Dale, A-Level lecturer Matthew Beggs, a 3-minute primary school lesson, performance poet Alison Brumfitt, Ally Moss from the Middlesex occupation, Bertie and Victoria from the Really Open University, comedian Grainne Maguire, exclusive video interviews on the radical potential for education, and academic and free schools activist Debra Benita Shaw, banner making with resident artist Sky Yarlett….and you!

Tickets at www.jointhemutiny.org

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Socialism and Hope

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM 128

International Socialism 128 is now online. 

http://www.isj.org.uk

With analysis of alternatives to the crisis and the BP oil spill, Tom Hickey & Phil Marfleet on the BDS campaign against Israel, Jamie Allinson on Hamas, Christakis Georgiou on the crisis in the Eurozone, Jane Hardy on Central and Eastern Europe, Jairus Banaji on Indian Maoism, John Molyneux on Michelangelo, Neil Davidson on uneven and combined development, Simon Pirani on the Russian Revolution, Jess Edwards on the sex work debate and reviews from Esme Choonara, Estelle Cooch, Beccy Reese and Gareth Dale. Plus Pick of the Quarter. 

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Recession 2

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM 127

Out now!

http://www.isj.org.uk

This issue leads with an article on “Marxism and feminism today”. Neoliberal capitalism promised women genuine equality and personal fulfilment. But the realities of women’s oppression persist, reinforced by a debased culture of lap-dancing and cosmetic surgery that has taken the transformation of women into objects to new extremes. This has provoked a new wave of feminism in reaction.

Judith Orr gives the new feminism a critical welcome, arguing for a materialist analysis of the relationship between women’s oppression and class exploitation. Genuine liberation, she concludes, is inseparable from the struggle against capitalism.

The issue also includes interviews with Shlomo Sand (author of The Invention of the Jewish People) and Richard Wilkinson (co-author of The Spirit Level). John Newsinger looks at the great wave of sit-down strikes in the mid-1930s that broke bosses’ resistance to the unionisation of basic industry in the United States. Gonzalo Pozo looks at the theory of the permanent arms economy developed by Tony Cliff, Mike Kidron, and Chris Harman. The late French Marxist philosopher Daniel Bensaïd is remembered in an article by Sebastian Budgen. Plus analysis, feedback, reviews and pick of the quarter

Issue 127

Analysis
The mould cracks

Marxism and feminism today
Judith Orr

Interview: Zionism, socialism and nationalism
Shlomo Sand & John Rose

Interview: Reviving the spirit of equality
Richard G Wilkinson & Iain Ferguson

1937: the year of the sitdown
John Newsinger

Reassessing the permanent arms economy
Gonzalo Pozo

The Red Hussar: Daniel Bensaïd, 1946-2010
Sebastian Budgen

Empire and literature
Gareth Jenkins

Feedback

Another side of anarchism
Ian Birchall

A response to the sex work debate
Gareth Dale and Xanthe Whittaker

Book reviews

Economic development
Joseph Choonara

Sharing history
Penny McCall Howard

Gramsci rendered whole
Chris Bambery

Driving American decline
G Francis Hodge

Philosophy on the barricades
Stacey Whittle

Drama in three acts
Louis Bayman

Dispelling “the Malthus myth”
Martin Empson

Poles apart?
Adam Fabry

Irrational records
Paul Blackledge

Contesting the revolutionary tradition
Leo Zeilig

Pick of the quarter

This quarter’s selection

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