Call for Papers: Special Issue on Roger Casement [Deadline: May 15th, 2014]


Roger Casement (1864-1916) was, and remains, one of the most striking and cosmopolitan of Irish nationalists. Issue 4 of Breac will be a Special Issue dedicated to Casement, and the guest editors, John Gibney, Michael J. Griffin, and Brian Ó Conchubair, invite submissions that interrogate Casement’s multifaceted life and legacy in local and global terms. Inspired by the recent and very successful Roger Casement conference in Tralee, organized by the University of Notre Dame and the University of Limerick, this Special Issue will include essays by Nollaig Mac Congáil (NUIGalway), John Gibney (History Ireland), Robert Schmuhl (Notre Dame) and other noted Casement scholars. We invite submissions in English, Irish or any other language on any aspect of the life and times of Roger Casement, including, but not restricted to:

•   Casement and the Irish revival

•   Casement and memorialization

•   Casement and the planning of the 1916 Rising

•   Casement, colonialism, humanitarianism, and imperialism

•   Gender, homophobia, and identity politics

•   Forgeries, diaries, forensics

•   Foundation of the Irish Volunteers, 1913

•  Representations of Casement in the arts

•   The 1916 Rising in Kerry & Munster

•   Ireland, Casement and the First World War

Typical articles for submission vary in length from 3,000-8,000 words, but the editors are happy to consider pieces that are shorter or longer. We particularly welcome submissions that are suitable to an online format. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2014. All submissions will be subject to peer-review. Full submission instructions are available at Please send all submissions to Questions are welcome and should be sent to

**Stay tuned for the next CFP for Issue 5 "Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality in Irish Studies" which will be edited by Abby Palko & Moynagh Sullivan**


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. 

•    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.