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, 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 semiannual interdisciplinary journal. Soon after its inception, we began to imagine the possibility of engaging in conversation with graduate students beyond NYU, and since then, Anamesa accepted submissions from students at universities and colleges across America. Each issue was tied together by a specific theme, such as democracy, culture, violence, and subversion. Embracing as many forms of expression as we can print, Anamesa published essays, photography, artwork, fiction, criticism, and poetry. We released a call for submissions at the start of each semester that details the upcoming theme and invites submissions from current and recent graduate students. The new issues of Anamesa were available to the graduate community in print and online versions by the end of each semester.
We underwent a revamping in January, 2017 and was relaunched as Caustic Frolic as an endeavor to come closer to the public. While maintaining some of the ideological goals and formats of Anamesa, Caustic Frolic attempts to broaden its exchange and impact to beyond the graduate community and reach the general public. We are still a student-run, non-profit organization funded and supported by New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Experimental Humanities, formerly known as the John W. Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought. We publish on a semiannual basis, collecting submissions from both academics and non-academics around the globe.