[CFP] Ireland in Psychoanalysis [Deadline: April 1st, 2016]


Is there a place in Ireland for psychoanalysis, or in psychoanalysis for Ireland? What does psychoanalysis in Ireland look like? And how might we think of Ireland in psychoanalysis? We still occasionally hear that Freud felt the Irish were the one race to whom psychoanalysis could offer nothing, although it has been known, for some time now, that this spurious sentiment was attributed to him by Fr. Thomas Cahill. No such comment has ever been found in Freud’s writings or correspondence, yet the odd afterlife of Cahill’s observation, which continues to surface even today, clearly plays into myths of Irish exceptionalism. Certainly, the observation betrays a predisposition to view Irish history in exceptionalist terms. Rather like the creative artist, we might surmise, before whom Freud famously suggested that psychoanalysis must "lay down its arms," the Irish have been presented, or have presented themselves, as an anomaly in Western culture: a spiritual and/or artistic people out of step with broader European currents. What, then, has the place of Ireland been in psychoanalysis, and vice versa? Guest editors Seán Kennedy (Saint Mary's University), Macy Todd (University of Buffalo), and Joe Valente (University of Buffalo) invite papers addressing our topic in the broadest sense. We invite submissions from a range of disciplines, and shall conceive of psychoanalysis in therapeutic, cultural, as well as literary theoretical and epistemological terms. We are interested in examining how the different schools of psychoanalytic practice--classical, linguistic, object-relations, and so on--have figured in Irish history and society. We welcome psychoanalytic readings of Irish culture, as well as readings of the culture of psychoanalysis in Ireland. 

As well as the editors, this issue of Breac will include works by Anne Mulhall (University College, Dublin), Ed Madden (University of South Carolina),  Beryl Schlossman (UC Irvine)Andre Furlani (Concordia U), and Ariel Watson (Saint Mary's U).

Typical articles for submission vary in length from 3,000-8,000 words, but we are happy to consider pieces that are shorter or longer. We particularly welcome submissions that are suitable to a digital format. The deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2015. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Full submission instructions are available at Please send all submissions to Questions are welcome and should be sent to

Guidelines for Submissions


Breac seeks to publish groundbreaking and innovative work in the field of Irish Studies alongside work from relevant, adjoining fields such as Digital Humanities and Critical Theory. If accepted, your work will be seen by an international audience, who will be able to engage in a scholarly conversation regarding your work on the Breac website. Your work will also be securely stored in the Breac Archive, which is sustained by CurateND at the University of Notre Dame. 

We welcome submissions in any format, especially those which take advantage of the digital nature of the journal.

Peer-Review Process

Breac employs a rigorous two-part, blind, peer-review process of evaluation. Submissions are read by two scholars in the related field who are required to complete an extensive review form, which is then returned to you baseless of final decisions. The submission and feedback is also reviewed by the guest editors of the issue. 

Format of Submissions

•    Submissions can be made at:

•    Submissions should be formatted using Chicago Style, with footnotes as opposed to endnotes.

•    Submissions should be sent, preferably, as a Word document file or as a PDF. Should you choose to send us the file as a PDF, please make sure to remove all information that might reveal your identity, so as to protect the blind, peer-review process.

•    We accept submissions in any language. If your work is accepted, we will feature it, along with a translation of the text in English. Submissions in Irish are encouraged. 

•    We do not accept previously published work or work under consideration elsewhere. 

•    If you are submitting a video essay, or if your material somehow utilizes audio or visual technology, please send your work to our email address at If the file is too big, write to us at that address, and we will find a means of delivering the file.