CFP: Special Issue on Irish Studies and Digital Humanities

Originally appeared in: Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies,

Upcoming Call for Papers: Special Issue on Irish Studies and Digital Humanities [Deadline: January 15th, 2014]

In 2012, Stanley Fish posed the question: does the digital humanities offer new and better ways to realize traditional humanities goals? Or does the digital humanities completely change our understanding of what a humanities goal (and work in the humanities) might be? Practitioners within both the digital humanites and the humanities community more generally have offered many responses to Fish’s musings, but as Margaret Kelleher has observed, there is yet little investigation regarding the opportunities and implications afforded the study of Irish history, literature, and culture by electronic advances.

Addressing this seeming absence of engagement, issue 3 of Breac seeks to foreground the intersections between the digital humanities and work in the field of Irish Studies. What type of innovative resources, tools and methodologies have been produced by and for scholars working in the field? What challenges have those working on digital projects encountered? How does the design, development and use of digital tools relate to and/or advance traditional practices in Irish Studies? Positing the question in reverse, how can debates and practices in Irish Studies work in the digital humanities? What new challenges can Irish Studies bring to the digital humanities?

The guest editors of this issue of Breac Matthew Wilkens and Sonia Howell invite submissions addressing the results of digital humanities projects as well as commentaries on the intersections and possibilities for future collaborations between Irish Studies and the digital humanities. Capitalizing on Breac‘s digital form, we welcome submissions which can be best facilitated by an online journal.In keeping with Breac‘s commitment to linguistic diversity, we also welcome submissions in languages other than English. Other topics of interest include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Data mining
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Data visualization
  • Scholarly editing
  • New media
  • Digital literature or poetry
  • Digital humanities and the Irish language
  • Digital humanities and world literature

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. Deadline for submission of manuscripts is January 15, 2014. Full submission instructions are available at Questions are welcome and should be sent to

As part of this issue, we are also pleased to announce the launch of Anois–a feature dedicated to showcasing recent projects and works in progress as well as news and developments in the field. The page will operate on a rolling basis, with a different project featured every few weeks. The forum discussion will center around the most recent material. To that end, Anois provides a space where researchers and students can discuss current trends and new scholarship, as well as invite commentary and receive feedback from Breac subscribers. Submissions for the Anois page should be 300-500 words and may include screen shots, URLs, and other forms of media. In keeping with the theme of issue 3, we particularly welcome submissions on digital humanities projects.

About Breac

Breac is a peer-reviewed, open-access, paperless journal that publishes critical and creative work relating to Ireland and Irish Studies. Previous contributors include Roddy Doyle, Margaret Kelleher, David Lloyd, Paige Reynolds, Brian Singleton, and Colm Tóibín. Among the journal’s many features is a forum section that seeks to cultivate a global conversation around the published articles among its readers, students, and scholars. It also periodically streams live and recorded events through the website’s BreaCam. Subscribing to the journal is entirely free; we encourage you to visit the website at