Mission Statement

The mission of Anamesa is to provide a forum in which NYU graduate students may share their interdisciplinary work and examine that of fellow students. Our intention is to generate and transmit knowledge among disciplines by engaging the broad themes that ground our work, establishing a record of how NYU graduate students have thought about these issues over time.


In the summer of 2002, three graduate students from New York University's John W. Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies entertained the idea of creating a publication by and for the graduate community at NYU. Reflecting on their experiences as interdisciplinary students at NYU, they envisioned an intelligent, literary space in which to converge upon, examine, and debate the broad themes that ground the work of the graduate community. The result of these early efforts was Anamesa, NYU’s provocative biannual interdisciplinary journal. 

Anamesa emerged with a simple ideology: that each issue be tied together by a specific theme, such as democracy, culture, or violence, with the option to periodically publish on other themes relevant to current times. Embracing as many forms of expression as we can print, Anamesa publishes essays, photography, artwork, fiction, criticism, and poetry. We release a call for papers at the start of each semester that details the upcoming theme and invites submissions from all graduate NYU students and recent alumni. The new issues of Anamesa are available to the graduate community in print and online versions by the end of each semester.  

In the spring of 2003, the staff of Anamesa released its debut, "The Democracy Issue," setting the first stone of a new fixture within NYU’s graduate community. We invite you to explore and utilize all that Anamesa has to offer. 

Welcome to NYU interdisciplinarity in print. 

Brian DiFeo & Amy Shaw
Editors, December 2003


Sponsors & Fundraising

Anamesa is a biannual publication funded by the following entities of New York University's Graduate School of Arts and Science: the Dean's Office, the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought, and the Graduate Student Council.



Currently maintained by:
    Jonathan Reeve
Past updates by:
    Christine Olson, Philip Arnone, Spring 2011-Spring 2012     Adrian Versteegh, Julie Baumgardner, and Myong Yee Chin, Spring 2010–Spring 2011.
    Anna W. Bardaus, Summer 2009–January 2010,
    Kevin Sheldon, Fall 2007–Fall 2008,
    Yael Korat, Spring 2007–Fall 2007.
This site was redesigned in 2006 by William J. Levay.


As of 2010, the Anamesa masthead is set in Hoefler, a recent font developed by Apple and Joseph Hoefler, inspired by the seventeenth-century baroque types of Jean Jannon and Nicholas Kis. It features automatic ligatures, the round and long s, and old-style figures and swashes.

From 2003 to 2009, the masthead was set in Marigold, a font originally designed by calligrapher Arthur Baker, and released by Agfa Compugraphic in 1989.

Current Staff

Christine Olson
Editor in Chief

Philip Arnone
Editorial Director

Kari Dietrich
Art Editor

Vanassa Hamra
Poetry Editor

David Sessions
Fiction Editor

La espera
Buenos Aires, Argentina
January 2002

by Silvina Sterin Pensel


New York University
John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought
Office of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences