[CFP] The Great Irish Famine: Global Contexts [Deadline: November 1st, 2016]


CFP: “The Great Irish Famine: Global Contexts” for special issue of Breac. Edited by Marguérite Corporaal and Jason King.

The Great Irish Famine (1845–52) was one of the most influential periods in the history of Ireland and its diaspora. While emigration had already been a common feature in Irish life before the 1840s, the Famine catalysed the process, causing far greater numbers to leave the island and changing the nature of Irish emigration and Irish communities overseas, while also greatly influencing Irish society at home.

This special issue of Breac will examine “The Great Irish Famine: Global Contexts”.  It will build on recent studies such as Marguérite Corporaal and Jason King’s Irish Global Migration and Memory: Transnational Perspectives of Ireland’s Famine Exodus (Routledge 2016; Atlantic Studies 2014), Ciaran Reilly’s The Famine Irish: Emigration and the Great Hunger (2016), and Marguérite Corporaal, Christopher Cusack, and Lindsay Janssen’s Global Legacies of the Great Irish Famine (2014). Confirmed contributors include Laura Izarra (University of Sao Paolo), Laura Kelley (Tulane University), Mark McGowan (University of Toronto), Perry McIntyre (University of New South Wales), Ciarán Reilly (Maynooth University), and the Booker-nominated author and ultra-runner Michael Collins, who has just completed the Irish Diaspora Run 2016 retracing the route of Famine Irish emigrants from Grosse Île in Quebec to Ireland Park in Toronto.  The theme of the special issue will be the Famine migration and diaspora, with emphasis not only on the Irish-North-American diaspora, but also Irish migration across the globe, to Latin America and across the Pacific for example. Moreover, it will investigate both the immediate and long-term effects of Famine migration, and will view these processes of migration, settlement and the establishment of transnational overseas communities through an interdisciplinary and comparative lens.

We welcome scholars doing research in the fields of Famine studies and/or Irish migration and diaspora studies to submit an article for peer review. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The history and historiography of Irish Famine migration;

  • Politics and (trans)nationalism in diaspora;

  • Geographical aspects of Famine migration and diaspora;

  • New methods and methodologies to research Irish migration and diaspora;

  • Cultural memories and identities in diaspora;

  • The process of emigration as seen ‘from back home’;

  • Issues of integration, belonging, exclusion in receiving societies;

  • Literary and artistic representations of the processes of migration and of being in diaspora.

Please send article submissions (Chicago Style) to  or  by November 1st, 2016.

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 MUST BE 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.