Shy Radicals, DIY Cultures & Aspergistan Utopias – Hamja Ahsan

Sunday 28th April, 5.45-6.45pm

Grimond Lecture Theatre 3

Hamja Ahsan talks about his debut book Shy Radicals, imagining a utopic homeland called Aspergistan, in the context of debates around intersectionality, radical mental health and neurodiversity. As co-curator of the DIY Cultures Zine festival, he which look at the genre of mental health and autistic spectrum zines in the USA, UK and Asia. How can citizenship, nationalism and the state be reimagined to be more homely to neurodivergent people? Can neurodiverse people be reimagined as dissenters, subversives and revolutionaries? How can art and performance reimagine identity and society to make life less alienating? Drawing from the worlds of teen movies, constitutions and human rights law, grunge and indie music and anti-psychiatry, Hamja explores these questions.

Hamja Ahsan is an artist, writer, activist and curator based in London. He is the author of the book Shy Radicals: Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert, and founder and co-curator of the DIY Cultures festival of creative activism, zines and independent publishing since 2013.