MAA News – Voting is Open!

To the Members of the Medieval Academy:

Voting in the annual MAA governance election is now open!

Please check your emails for your ballots.

This is one of the most important means that members have to impact both the MAA and the future of medieval studies in North America. We have a very strong roster of candidates this year, including:


President: David J. Wallace (English and Comparative Literature, Univ. of Pennsylvania)

1st-VP: Ruth Mazo Karras (History, Univ. of Minnesota)

2nd-VP: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (French, Univ. of Pittsburgh)

Council (eight candidates for four seats):

Kathryne Beebe (History, Univ. of Texas-Arlington)
Jochen Burgtorf (History, California State Univ., Fullerton)
Raymond Clemens (Manuscript Studies, Beinecke Library, Yale Univ.)
Valerie L. Garver (History, Northern Illinois Univ.)
Stephen Jaeger (German Lit., Emeritus, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign)
Cynthia J. Neville (History, Dalhousie Univ.)
Lucy K. Pick (Religion, Univ. of Chicago)
Kathryn A. Smith (Art History, New York Univ.)

Nominating Committee (four candidates for two seats):

Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis (Religious Studies, Saint Martin’s Univ.)
Robin Fleming (History, Boston College)
Gabriel Radle (Liturgical Studies, Univ. of Notre Dame)
Catherine Saucier (Musicology, Arizona State Univ.)

The list of candidates with photos, vision statements, and brief biographies appears online here.

Additional information about MAA governance and elections can be found on our FAQ page.

Please note that voting is restricted to members of the Medieval Academy of America. You may only cast one ballot. Your ballot will be invalid if you vote for more than the allowable number of candidates indicated. The deadline for receipt of your vote is 2 January 2018.

If you would prefer a paper ballot and have not requested one in the past, please let me know.

Thank you for participating in the election.

– Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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MAA News – Time to Renew

Medieval Academy memberships run from January – December, and so it is nearly time to renew your membership. Watch your mailbox for a renewal form in the coming weeks. You can also renew online after signing into our website with your username and password (contact us if you’ve lost track of those credentials).

We hope you’ll spend some time exploring our new and improved website. In response to survey responses and pageview analytics, we have redesigned the homepage and restructured the website to make the most-frequently-used features easier to find. In addition to direct links to Speculum and news about the Annual Meeting, the homepage also includes a conference calendar and – via our Twitter feed – other news of interest to medievalists such as job postings, grant opportunities, and Calls for Papers (such announcements continue to be found on our blog as well).

Members-only features of the website remain unchanged. After signing into your personal account, you can renew online or make a donation. Other members-only features include online access to the entire Speculum archive, a searchable Member Directory, and discounted subscriptions to JSTOR, IMB, HEB, and other bibliographical resources.

After you sign in, please take a few minutes to update your profile page so that members with similar interests can find you, and you can find them. Your profile page now includes an option to indicate racial/ethnic identity. This information will not be visible to other members, but it will help the Academy immensely as we strive to increase our understanding of member demographics and work to improve diversity and inclusivity in Medieval Studies. Additional resources will be added to the website in the coming months, so visit often for the latest updates!

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MAA News – Latest Issue of Speculum Now Available

The latest issue of Speculum, together with a special digital supplement, The Digital Middle Ages, is now available on the University of Chicago Press Journals website.

To access your members-only journal subscription, log in to the MAA website using your username and password associated with your membership (contact us at if you have forgotten either), and choose “Speculum Online” from the “Speculum” menu.  Please refer to this video tutorial if you are having difficulty. As a reminder, your MAA membership provides exclusive online access to the full run of Speculum in full text, PDF, and e-Book editions – at no additional charge.

Speculum, Volume 92, Issue 4 (October 2017)


The Digital Middle Ages: A Speculum Supplement
David J. Birnbaum, Sheila Bonde, and Mike Kestemont

Thomas Aquinas’s Hopeful Transformation of Peter Lombard’s Four Fears
Robert Miner

Feeding the Medieval Italian City-State: Grain, War, and Political Legitimacy in Tuscany, c. 1150-c. 1350
George Dameron

Violence against the Dead: The Negative Translation and damnatio memoriae in the Middle Ages
Dyan Elliott

Constructing Identity in the Middle Ages: Relics, Religiosity, and the Military Orders
Tomasz Borowski and Christopher Gerrard

Saints’ Lives as Efficacious Texts: Cistercian Monks, Religious Women, and Curative Reading, c. 1250-1330
Sara Ritchey

The issue features more than seventy reviews, including:

Emily Selove, Ḥikāyat Abī al-Qāsim: A Literary Banquet
Reviewed by Monica Balda-Tillier

Craig Taylor, Chivalry and the Ideals of Knighthood in France during the Hundred Years War
Reviewed by Constance B. Bouchard

Joel Kaye, A History of Balance, 1250-1375: The Emergence of a New Model of Equilibrium and Its Impact on Thought
Reviewed by Marcia L. Colish

Dominique Barthélemy and Jean-Marie Martin, eds., Richesse et croissance au Moyen Âge: Orient et occident
Reviewed by Sharon Farmer

Maria Fabricius Hansen, The Spolia Churches of Rome: Recycling Antiquity in the Middle Ages, translated by Barbara J. Haveland
Reviewed by Dale Kinney

Frances Courtney Kneupper, The Empire at the End of Time: Identity and Reform in Late Medieval German Prophecy
Reviewed by Brett Edward Whalen

Bernd Roling, Physica sacra: Wunder, Naturwissenschaft, und historischer Schriftsinn zwischen Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit
Reviewed by Ueli Zahnd

MAA members also receive a 30% discount on all books and e-Books published by the University of Chicago Press, and a 20% discount on individual  Chicago Manual of Style Online subscriptions. To access your discount code, log in to your MAA account, and click here.  Please include this code while checking out from the University of Chicago Press website.

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MAA News – Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Birgit Baldwin Fellowship

The Birgit Baldwin Fellowship provides a grant of $20,000 to support a graduate student in a North American university who is researching and writing a dissertation for the Ph.D. on any subject in French medieval history that can be realized only by sustained research in the archives and libraries of France. It may be renewed for a second year upon demonstration of satisfactory progress. (Deadline 15 November 2017)

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MAA News – CARA Prizes: Call for Nominations

Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies

The Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who have provided leadership in developing, organizing, promoting, and sponsoring medieval studies through the extensive administrative work that is so crucial to the health of medieval studies but that often goes unrecognized by the profession at large. This award of $1000 is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy.

CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching

The CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who are outstanding teachers and who have contributed to the profession by inspiring students at the undergraduate or graduate levels or by creating innovative and influential textbooks or other materials for teaching medieval subjects.

Nominations and supporting materials must be received by Nov. 15. Please see the MAA website for other grants and prizes offered by the Academy.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of French

Medieval Studies | University of British Columbia

The Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-track position in French with specialization in Medieval Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2018. We seek a medievalist with bridging interests who will be able to participate in collaborative projects with other faculty members, who will enhance our course offerings, propose new perspectives on European French culture, and contribute to the Faculty of Arts commitment to foster international engagement and cultivate intercultural understanding among our students.

A completed PhD in French Studies or relevant field is required at the start date of the appointment. Candidates must have native or near-native fluency in French, as well as an excellent command of English, and must be able to demonstrate strong evidence of an ongoing commitment to academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active program of research leading to peer reviewed publications and the securing of external research funding, and to contribute to the education and training of undergraduate as well as graduate students.

Additional information about the UBC Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies may be found at

Applications are to be submitted by November 30, 2017 through the UBC Faculty careers website ( Applicants should be prepared to upload (in the following order, and not exceeding 12 megabytes per attachment): a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a description of current and future research and teaching interests, one writing sample (20-30 pages), and evidence of teaching effectiveness (sample course syllabi, student evaluations, peer assessments, etc.).

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference sent directly by their referees, by the above deadline, via email to with the subject line “Assistant Professor of French position.” Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of the Department of FHIS, Dr. Joël Castonguay-Bélanger, at Review of applications will begin soon after November 30 and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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ASCSA Study in Greece 2018-2019


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, one of America’s most distinguished centers devoted to advanced teaching and research, was founded in 1881 to provide American graduate students and scholars a base for their studies in the history and civilization of the Greek world. Today, over 135 years later, it is still a teaching institution, providing graduate students a unique opportunity to study firsthand the sites and monuments of Greece. The School is also a superb resource for senior scholars pursuing research in many fields ranging from prehistoric to modern Greece, thanks to its internationally renowned libraries, the Blegen, focusing on all aspects of Greece from its earliest prehistory to late antiquity, and the Gennadius, which concentrates on the Greek world after the end of antiquity. (Note: For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Blegen and Gennadius libraries may be closed for up to six months between January and June for reorganization; members of the School will continue to have access to other facilities of the School and other libraries in Athens).


REGULAR MEMBER FELLOWSHIPS: Up to twelve fellowships are available for the School’s Regular Members. Fellowships provide a stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall on the School grounds and waiver of School fees. Regular Member fellowships are awarded for the entire nine-month program. All awards are made on the recommendation of the Committee on Admissions and Fellowships and are based on the results of the qualifying examinations and materials submitted with the application.

Fellowships include the Heinrich Schliemann and the John Williams White Fellowships in archaeology, the Thomas Day Seymour Fellowship in history and literature, and nine Fellowships unrestricted as to field — the Virginia Grace, the Michael Jameson, the Philip Lockhart, the Lucy Shoe Meritt, the Fowler Merle-Smith, the Martin Ostwald, and the James Rignall Wheeler. The Bert Hodge Hill is unrestricted, but with a preference for a student in art history, and the Emily Townsend Vermeule is unrestricted, but with a preference for Bronze Age archaeology. $50 application fee. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018.

STUDENT ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: Advanced graduate students who plan to pursue independent research projects, who do not wish to commit to the full Regular Program. DEADLINE: ROLLING.

ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS: Several fellowships for the full academic year at the School with a stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees are available to students who have completed the Regular Program or one year as a Student Associate Member and plan to return to the School to pursue independent research, usually for their Ph.D. dissertation.

Advanced Fellowships awarded by the School: the Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in art and architecture of antiquity; the Gorham Phillips Stevens Fellowship in the history of architecture; the Ione Mylonas Shear Fellowship in Mycenaean archaeology or Athenian architecture and/or archaeology; the Homer A. and Dorothy B. Thompson Fellowship in the study of pottery; and three Fellowships unrestricted as to field: the Edward Capps, the Doreen Canaday Spitzer, and the Eugene Vanderpool Fellowships. DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15, 2018.

FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIPS: Contact the Institute of International Education, at 809 United Nations Plaza, NY 10017 or for application and stipend information. Candidates must submit ASCSA application for Student Associate Membership by due date for Fulbright application. Student Associate membership is the only category eligible for the Fulbright grants.  DEADLINE: OCTOBER 11, 2017.

SUMMER SESSION: Six-week session to explore the sites and museums in Greece for graduate and undergraduate students, and secondary school and college teachers. Fee of $4,900 includes tuition, travel within Greece, room, and partial board. Scholarships available. $25 application fee. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018.

SUMMER SEMINARS: Two 18-day sessions designed for those who wish to study specific topics in Greece and visit major monuments with exceptional scholars as study leaders, and to improve their understanding of the country’s landscape, archaeology, material culture, history, literature, and culture. Enrollment is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and to high school and college instructors of classics and related subjects. Each seminar is limited to twenty participants. Fee of $2,750 includes tuition, travel within Greece, room, partial board in Athens, and museum and site fees. Scholarships available. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018.


THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s for work in the Gennadius Library. A stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018.

THE JACOB HIRSCH FELLOWSHIP: For projects carried out in Greece, U.S. or Israeli citizens, Ph.D. candidate, writing a dissertation or recent Ph.D. revising a dissertation for publication. A stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (AIA) ANNA C. AND OLIVER C. COLBURN FELLOW:  Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s whose field is classical archaeology. Contact the AIA, Boston, MA for information. Simultaneous application to both the AIA and the ASCSA is required. Applications completed on website: and  Stipend of $5,500. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018.

THE HARRY BIKAKIS FELLOWSHIP: North American or Greek graduate students researching ancient Greek law or Greek graduate students working on a School excavation. The $1,875 fellowship is awarded periodically. School fees are waived. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018.

COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE:  Short-term travel-to-collections award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students for projects and research at the Gennadius Library. At least one month of residency required. School fees are waived. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018.

THE GEORGE PAPAIOANNOU FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates or recent Ph.D.s researching Greece in the 1940’s and the post-war period. Fellows are required to make use of and refer to the George Papaioannou Papers housed at the Archives of the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities. Stipend of €1,000. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018.

THE HENRY S. ROBINSON CORINTH RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidate or Ph.D. for research on a doctoral dissertation or primary publication specifically on Corinth, requiring the use of the resources, archaeological site, and collections at the ASCSA excavations at Ancient Corinth. Open to all nationalities. The Robinson Fellowship may not be held concurrently with another School fellowship. One or more grants for up to three months, maximum amount of stipend is $4,000. School fees are waived. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018.

WIENER LABORATORY RESEARCH ASSOCIATE APPOINTMENTS: Short-term funding for Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral scholars from colleges and universities worldwide pursuing archaeological research related to the ancient Greek world at the Wiener Laboratory. Variable amounts up to $7,000. Term variable, up to nine months. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018.


COULSON/CROSS AEGEAN EXCHANGE, Program of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC):  Short-term fellowships for Greek nationals and scholars to pursue research in Turkey under the auspices of the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT). Stipend of $250 per week plus up to $500 for travel expenses. Submit online application to ASCSA. DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2018.

MULTI-COUNTRY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS, Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC): Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral scholars with research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences requiring travel to several countries with an American overseas research center. Consult CAORC website for application and deadline:

THE PAUL REHAK MEMORIAL TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP: Regular members and Student Associate members already attending the School for the entire academic year. Grant of $1,000 or grants of lesser amounts. School fees are waived. The purpose is to allow individuals to travel in Greece and Magna Graeca to conduct a research project during the current academic year from September 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017.  DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2018.


KRESS PUBLICATIONS FELLOWSHIPS: Postdoctoral scholars working on assigned material from excavations at Ancient Corinth, Ancient Agora, Lerna, and affiliated projects of the ASCSA to support research for publication of the excavated material. Grants for at least three months (up to $10,000) to a maximum of nine months (up to $30,000). DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018.

NEH FELLOWSHIPS: Awards for postdoctoral scholars and professionals in the humanities. Terms: Two to four fellowships, five to ten months in duration. Maximum stipend for a five-month project, $21,000; for a ten-month project, $42,000. School fees are waived. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals being U.S. residents for three years before application deadline. Applicants must hold their Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree at the time of application. Submit online application to ASCSA. DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2018.

WIENER LABORATORY PROGRAMMATIC POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP (2018-2021): Project proposals are welcomed from any archaeological project affiliated with the ASCSA. Both current and former permit holders are eligible to apply. A specific candidate for the fellowship must be named in the application who has received their PhD and has a demonstrable record of research and publication directly relevant to the project. Stipend of $35,000 per year for three-year term. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018.

For more information about each program or fellowships, please visit 

ASCSA programs are generally open to qualified students and scholars at colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada; restrictions may apply for specific fellowships and programs. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership.

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Reminder – Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies – Deadline Nov 3rd

The 17th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies is currently seeking paper abstracts on any topic related to the Middle Ages. The conference will take place from March 22nd-24th, 2018 at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Vagantes is North America’s largest graduate-student conference for medieval studies. Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across all disciplines. The 17th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies will feature thirty graduate-student papers and three distinguished keynote speakers. Out of consideration for graduate students’ budgets, Vagantes never charges a registration fee. The organizers of Vagantes believe that a diverse and inclusive view of the medieval period is essential. As such, graduate students in all disciplines are invited to submit paper abstracts of no more than 300 words on any topic relating to the Middle Ages.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 3rd, 2017. More information about the conference can be found on the attached PDF. The online CFP is live and accessible here –

Questions? Contact the organizers at

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The Digital Middle Ages, a special digital supplement to Speculum, is now available on the University of Chicago Press Journals website

We are pleased to announce that The Digital Middle Ages is an open-access supplement. To read it now, please visit

To access other Speculum issues via your members-only journal subscription, log in to the MAA website using the username and password associated with your membership (contact us at if you have forgotten either), and choose “Speculum Online” from the “Speculum” menu. As a reminder, your MAA membership provides exclusive online access to all issues of Speculum in full text, PDF, and e-Book editions — at no additional charge.

Speculum, Volume 92, Issue S1 (October 2017 Supplement)

The Digital Middle Ages: An Introduction
David J. Birnbaum, Sheila Bonde, and Mike Kestemont

Manuscripts and Images

The History and Provenance of Manuscripts in the Collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps: New Approaches to Digital Representation
Toby Burrows

Scribal Attribution across Multiple Scripts: A Digitally Aided Approach
Peter A. Stokes

Artificial Paleography: Computational Approaches to Identifying Script Types in Medieval Manuscripts
Mike Kestemont, Vincent Christlein, and Dominique Stutzmann

New Light on the Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Manuscript: Multispectral Imaging and the Cotton Nero A.x. Illustrations
Murray McGillivray and Christina Duffy


Locating Medieval French, or Why We Collect and Visualize the Geographic Information of Texts
David Joseph Wrisley

Mapping Illuminated Manuscripts: Applying GIS concepts to Lancelot-Grail Manuscripts
M. Alison Stones

Texts and Editions

Bernard of Clairvaux and Nicholas of Montiéramey: Tracing the Secretarial Trail with Computational Stylistics
Jeroen De Gussem

Algorithmic Analysis of Medieval Arabic Biographical Collections
Maxim Romanov

A Quantitative Analysis of Toponyms in a Manuscript of Marco Polo’s Devisement du monde (London, British Library, MS Royal 19 D 1)
Mark Cruse

Digital Corpora and Scholarly Editions of Latin Texts: Features and Requirements of Textual Criticism
Franz Fischer

Multimediality: Space and Sound

Construction–Deconstruction–Reconstruction: The Digital Representation of Architectural Process at the Abbey of Notre-Dame d’Ourscamp
Sheila Bonde, Alexis Coir, and Clark Maines

Soundscapes of Byzantium
Spyridon Antonopoulos, Sharon E. J. Gerstel, Chris Kyriakakis, Konstantinos T. Raptis, and James Donahue

Icons of Sound: Auralizing the Lost Voice of Hagia Sophia
Bissera V. Pentcheva and Jonathan S. Abel

MAA members also receive a 30% discount on all books and e-Books published by the University of Chicago Press as well as a 20% discount on individual Chicago Manual of Style Online subscriptions. To access your discount code, log in to your MAA account and click here. Please include this code while checking out from the University of Chicago Press website.


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Newberry Library Fellowship Opportunities 2018-19

The Newberry Library is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2018-19 academic year!

The Newberry Library’s long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the Library’s collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

We invite interested individuals who wish to utilize the Newberry’s collection to apply for our many fellowship opportunities:

Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 9 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 15.

Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry’s collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.

Many of the Newberry’s fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to

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