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Interview with Hamja Ahsan

16 September 2019

On 28 May 2019 we had an intimate gathering and reading by artist and activist Hamja Ahsan of his book 'Shy Radicals: Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert'.

The book, which has made waves across the fields of pedagogy, activism and art, tells of the laws, customs and values of Aspergistan, a utopian state for introverted people. Aspergistan is governed according to Shyria Law and underpinned by Pan-Shyist ideology that protects the rights of the oppressed, quiet and shy people. Through communiqués, interviews, oral histories and the underground history of introvert struggles (referred to as the Introfada), what emerges, with much humor, is as much the fictional state of Aspergistan, as the hegemonic values, norms, and behaviors of the here and now. For this evening, we have invited Hamja Ahsan for a table read, a semi performative reading of his book, and an interview.

The evening was organized by WALTER books in close collaboration with the School of Missing Men and is part of the Studium Generale ArtEZ Empowerment series.