The Id of the Underworld vs the Superego of Heaven: Psychologically-Based Approaches

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Call for Papers
May 1, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Psychology, Literature, Linguistics, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities

Call for papers CDDC 11-12

The Id of the Underworld vs the Superego of Heaven: Psychologically-Based Approaches


Psychoanalysis must “ conquer the whole field of mythology….We must also take hold of biography […][and] smuggle psychoanalysis into ethnopsychology”

(Sigmund Freud, Letter to Ludwig Binswanger, 1913)


          Founded in 2009, CONCORDIA DISCORS vs DISCORDIA CONCORS: Researches into Comparative Literature, Contrastive Linguistics, Cross-Cultural and Translation Strategies (CDDC) ) will celebrate in 2019 a decade since its birth, in addition to embarking on a new exciting phase, that of pre-teenage.

          As an added incentive, in 2019 we will be commemorating 80 years since Sigmund Freud reluctantly succumbed in London to his „dear neoplasm”, leaving behind, besides a priceless legacy – psychoanalysis: hooted or derided by his opponents, and worshipped by his disciples – , his formidable spirit, which nowadays looms larger than ever as „one of the profoundest [...] investigators into the obscure depths of the human souls” (cf Haverlock Ellis, The World of Dreams, 1911).

          With this conjunction of events in mind, and since, moreover, 10 is usually the age when children set out on their lifelong inward-looking ‚self-centered’ voyage, CDDC’s editorial team have decided to devote 2019’s issues 11 and 12 to psychology-oriented approaches to/in/on literature, language, translation, cultural and artistic studies.

          Submissions in English, French, German, Italian, Romanian and Spanish are being therefore warmly invited from fellow academics and researchers all over the world on topics related to psychology, the guiding concept of our major focus: The Id of the Underworld vs the Superego of Heaven: Psychologically-Based Approaches. 

Interviews and reviews of books/plays/films/musical performances/art exhibitions are also accepted, which need not relate to the topic at issue.

          As regards subtopics invited, since again, the province of psychology is as a rule taken to subsume fields as diverse as ethnopsychology, neurolinguistics, psychoanalysis, psychobiography, psychodrama,  psychohistory, psycholinguistics, psychonomics, psychopathology, psychophysics, a.s.f., the editors chose to refrain from applying any ill-advised constraints by making suggestions in this respect, so contributors can safely consider that „sky is the limit”,...provided they keep within the bounds of literature, language and linguistics, translation, the arts, as well as culture at large, and as long as they keep in mind Freud’s guiding motto

Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo (Virgil, Aeneid VII, 312),

translated by Freud as „if I cannot move heaven, I will stir up the underworld”.



Submission of abstract  :  1 November 2018

(via e-mail, to the addresses indicated under Contacts)

Notification of acceptance:  15 November 2018

Submission of contribution in extenso 1 May 2019
(via e-mail, to the addresses indicated under Contacts)


  • should be submitted in English and not exceed 150 words
  • should include 5 keywords as well as a short Bionote, also in English (indicating author’s/s’ name, affiliation, academic/research areas of interest, etc), and e-mail address(es)
  • should indicate section preferred (Comparative Literature, Contrastive Linguistics, Cross-Cultural Strategies, Translation Strategies and Cross-Artistic Approaches) and language of submitted manuscript (English, French, German, Italian, Romanian or Spanish).


Both Abstracts and Contributions in extenso  should be sent no later than the dates specified above to:


Gina Maciuca

Lavinia Ienceanu

Contact Info: 



                                 Nam concordia parvae res crescunt, discordia maxumae dilabuntur.
                                                                                    (Sallustius, Bellum Iugurthinum, X, 6)

Comparatists are inveterate border-crossers and interlopers, who regard every boundary as a potential opening, and every terminus as a potential beginning.
(Dennis Redmond)

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          Concordia Discors vs Discordia Concors is a self-supporting peer-reviewed open access annual academic journal of international scope. It  provides an interdisciplinary forum for the publication of high-quality articles on comparative literature, contrastive linguistics, cross-cultural and translation strategies. The journal is based at the Inter Litteras Research Centre affiliated to Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania, and is currently published by Ștefan cel Mare University Press.
          Although,   admittedly,  promoted  in  recent  years  from a backup-strategy position  to  a   ‘must’ of  international research,  comparative  techniques  unfortunately  are  still   keeping  an  embarrassingly  low  profile both Europe- and worldwide. Since, in addition, final panel-debates held at the first edition of Inter Litteras et Terras (International Conference onComparative Literature, Contrastive Linguistics, Cross-Cultural and Translation Strategies organized in September 2007 by the Inter LitterasResearch Centre) made it abundantly clear that the academic event referred to exposed but “the tip of a huge iceberg” , i.e. that the residue of topics left undiscussed in research areas as encompassing as the ones at issue is bound to be infinitely larger than the number of topics dealt with, the imperious need arose for a forum where ventilation of new concepts, of recently advanced theories and strategies in the field, as well as fruitful exchanges of ideas with fellow comparatists from all over the world could be carried out on a much more regular basis.
           Acutely aware of the challenging task they are hereby taking on, in an effort to efface “one of the consummate ironies of history [,] that Comparatists, for so long the fringe radicals of academe, have become the ultimate insiders of 21st century cultural studies” (Redmond 2003:Comparative Literature in the 21st Century), the editors invite  articles offering interesting suggestions for employment of new research tools and techniques, and revealing ‘untrodden paths’, in short, contributing original comparative research conducted on the major topics put forward for investigation by issues to come.
         Though the journal’s target readership make up primarily researchers, academics and BA, MA or doctoral students with a, so to say, ‘comparative streak’, the series is intended to reach a wider audience including pre-university connoisseurs, particularly those pursuing advanced linguistic, literary or cultural studies.
         It is the firm belief of the editorial board that Concordia Discors vs Discordia Concors      CDDC ) will open up new vistas, promote thought-provoking approaches and, above all, provide nimble minds with the rare opportunity to apply and assert themselves in the fascinating – if, alas, still  underpopulated – province of comparative philology and humanities.