Anamesa, Spring 2014
Anamesa is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of graduate student writing and art based at New York University. Tracing its conceptual origin to Platonic philosophy, Anamesa stands for the “in between,” and sets as its purpose to blur boundaries, re-imagine links, and explore the interstices of academia. Anamesa considers material from a variety of subject matters and selects creative, timely, and intelligent works that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the global graduate community.
Current and recent graduate students across all disciplines are encouraged to send in their work by Sunday, March 2. Submissions may include but are not limited to visual art, academic essays, creative nonfiction, reportage, interviews, reviews, short stories, and poetry. In particular, and in keeping with our theme for Spring 2014, we encourage submissions that provoke thought or discussion about the following topic (off-topic submissions are also very welcome):
A man moves through time. It means nothing except that, like a harpoon, once thrown he will arrive.
—Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red
From the Latin traiectus “thrown over or across,” a trajectory is a path we draw across mapped spaces, categories of time, and unconscious symbols of being. Trajectories help us make sense of chaos and the arbitrary, connecting two seemingly independent wholes, revealing a unique relation, and bridging a gap between what is hidden and what we know. Existentially, a trajectory is us, our personal identity, the narrative constant that weaves together our experiences. Trajectories manipulate the spatial and temporal, the past and the present, creating concepts of historical eras, human migration, biographical lifespans, momentum, and progression. If, in principle, a trajectory implies a beginning and an end, how do we (as individuals, societies, nations, humans) situate ourselves along multiple trajectories, both from within (during the journey) and without (in anticipation or retrospect)? Are trajectories necessarily continuous? Do they intercept? Are our attempts to map our lives necessarily traces or palimpsests of trajectories that have come before or that will come after?
Potential fields/topics for submission include: personal identity, memory, self-consciousness, economic and political power structures, borders and boundaries, diaspora, subalterns, trauma, temporality, spatiality, symbolism, literary/artistic influence, authorship, anthropology, gender, sexuality, identity politics, familial relations, class/racial/religious divisions and hierarchies, immigration, visual arts, film, painting, photography, technology, architecture, geography, sociology of space, phenomenology, neuroscience, psychoanalysis, history, post-modernism, post-structural theory, deconstruction, ecology, urban studies, language, translations, and communication.
Written submissions should be 6,000 words or fewer. For nonfiction works, please include a 100-200 word abstract. Academic papers must adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. All submissions are blind-reviewed, so no author-identifying information should be present in the text of the written work. Author’s contact information should be included in the cover sheet as detailed below.
Visual art submissions must be in digital format, with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI and minimum size of 5 x 7 inches.
The submission deadline is Sunday, March 2.
Send submissions and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your cover page should include your:
• School and departmental affiliation
• Degree and (exp) date
• Telephone number
• Email address
We accept simultaneous and multiple submissions, but we ask that each submission be submitted individually (with an exception for multiple poems, which can be submitted together). For art and poetry, please submit no more than 5 individual pieces per author. All submissions should be emailed with the subject line listing the relevant genre (e.g., “nonfiction,” “fiction,” “poetry,” or “art”).
For further information about Anamesa, detailed submission guidelines, and to view previous issues, visit anamesajournal.wordpress.com. Printed copies of Anamesa are available at the office for the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought at 14 University Place in New York City.