[CFP] Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality in Irish Studies [Deadline: February 1st]


Idealized constructions of heteronormative masculinity and femininity have long shaped Irish culture, while subcultures of marginalized masculinities, subversive femininities, and LGBTQ identities have challenged this normative narrative. The fifth issue of Breac will explore gender and sexuality issues in Irish Studies and Irish culture. Guest editors Moynagh Sullivan and Abigail Palko invite contributions that consider issues of gender and/or sexuality, broadly defined, with a particular interest in papers that engage with intersectionality or interrogate the impact of biopolitics on everyday life.

Topics might include:  

  • Ethics of sex reassignment, etc
  • Trans* issues
  • LGBTQ concerns
  • Sex workers
  • Reproductive rights
  • Savita Halappanavar’s death and other interrogations of abortion politics
  • Responses to abuse revelations
  • Secret adoptions

This issue of Breac will include work by Ed MaddenMary McAuliffeEllen McWilliamsMaureen O’Connor, as well as a roundtable discussion with Sinead Kennedy and Anne Mulhall and an interview with Emma Donoghue.

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 February 1st. 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 revelent, 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. In the case of conflicting or divergent opinion regarding the submission, your work will be sent out to be read by at least one additional reader. 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.