Perse student’s essay published in leading philosophy journal
10 Feb 2020
Nicholas Romanos (Lower Sixth) has had the honour of seeing his work accepted in an international peer-reviewed philosophy journal.
His short essay, Revolution and Aesthetics, has been published in the 2020 edition of Contemporary Aesthetics, a US-based online journal that receives submissions from all over the world, largely from senior academics in philosophy.
Nicholas’ piece considers the link between revolutionary movements and the aesthetic ideology of heroism and protest, as well as the use of imagery and art. He reflects on the Russian Revolution, the artistic and political manifestos of the 20th century, and the contemporary example of the Extinction Rebellion environmental protest group.
He said: “I came across the journal by chance when I read an article on the aesthetics of melancholy. I noticed this particular form of short essay they had and was attracted to it.
“My ideas were brewing after studying the Russian Revolution. I had various thoughts about the philosophy of revolution and then decided to come at it from an aesthetic angle, but I came up with the actual content while I was trying to get to sleep!
Contemporary Aesthetics editor Professor Yuriko Saito told Nicholas he had been by far the youngest contributor to the journal.
In her editorial, she remarks: “Volume 18 (2020) opens with an article and a Short Note that address an urgent issue that poses a real threat to humanity: climate change. Both pieces explore aesthetics’ role in responding to this threat. What is particularly fascinating about this pair of works is that they remind us that this issue affects all of us.
“The author of the article is a world-renowned senior scholar, while the Short Note is authored by a 16-year-old pupil, just like Greta Thunberg! The way in which the young generation is grappling with the climate crisis is most impressive and we should support their exploration and activism. The publication of this Short Note also demonstrates that CA takes its blind review policy quite seriously”
Nicholas, who hopes to study classics and philosophy at university, said: “I’m very pleased to have had my work included in the journal. I’m planning for an academic career, so this is hopefully the beginning.”
Click here to read Nicholas’ Contemporary Aesthetics article.
Listen to Nicholas explain his interest in philosophy and aesthetics below.