Nico Jenkins

Nico Jenkins (b. 1970) is a theorist and writer whose work focuses on finitude and uncertainty, using philosophical traditions from both classical Buddhism and contemporary continental thinking to explore the gaps and spaces in our knowable world(s). He received a PhD at European Graduate School (PACT, summa cum laude), and has a Master of Arts in Eastern Classics from St John’s College (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA),  and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, California, USA) in performance art.

Jenkins teaches an intensive summer seminar at EGS “On Labor and Craft,” part of the EGS Cello Project with Robert Young and Chris Fynsk, and is Assistant Professor of Ethics and Philosophy at Husson University in the United States. In addition, he lectures in the philosophy department at the University of Maine in Orono, where he is also a preceptor in the Honors College, leading a yearly seminar on reading—critically—the foundational texts of Western Civilization.

In 2011, Jenkins co-founded the online para-academic journal continent. with Paul Boshears and Jamie Allen, where he was co-editor until 2014. As a photographer, Jenkins documented the sometimes violent, sometimes mundane changes that occurred in the wake of the revolutions in Eastern Europe in the 1990s. His more recent work, entitled All The Lonely Places, chronicles the forgotten spaces of the contemporary urban and semi-urban landscape. His photographs explore and celebrate the ignored and neglected environments which exist just beyond the periphery of society’s gaze. He has exhibited photographs, paintings and performed widely in both the United States and Europe.