CFP — Breac Issue 6 — Ireland in Psychoanalysis

We’re pleased to announce a call for papers for our sixth issue, titled “Ireland in Psychoanalysis,” with special guest editors Seán Kennedy (Saint Mary’s University), Macy Todd (University of Buffalo), and Joe Valente (University of Buffalo). Please see the full CFP below. The deadline for papers is April 1st. We look forward to receiving your submissions for what is already shaping up to be a terrific issue of Breac!
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).

CFP: Ireland in Psychoanalysis

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.