Nervous Laughter with Hamja Ahsan, author of Shy Radicals - Part 1
Oriana interviews Hamja Ahsan, leader of the introvert revolution. They discuss their mutual affliction, shyness. Or is it in fact their superpower? Oriana admits to feeling very guilty for having tried to convert shy people ever since Hamja made her painfully aware of how much of a sell-out she's been to the extrovert supremacy. Will he convince her to wholly embrace her shyness or, better yet, to take pride in it? Listen and find out!
Dr Oriana Fox is an artist with a PhD in self-disclosure. She puts her expertise to work as the host of the talk show performance piece The O Show . Be sure to check out the "Killer Conversations" episode, which is discussed on this podcast.
Hamja Ahsan is an artist, activist and the author of Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert (2017) published by Bookworks. Among his many accolades, Ahsan won the Grand Prize at the 2019 Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts. The film Shy Radicals, produced by Black Dog Films, about Ahsan's life and work, was released in 2020. For information about Ahsan's past political campaigning for his brother Talha visit: freetalha.org.
This podcast contains short quotations from Susie Scott's book Shyness and Society: The Illusion of Competence (2007), Palgrave Macmilan.
- Hosted, edited and produced by Oriana Fox
- Recorded with the assistance of Chris Halliwell at City & Guilds of London Art School, Kennington
- Post-production mixing by Stacey Harvey
- Themesong written and performed by Paulette Humanbeing
- Special thanks to Katie Beeson, Janak Patel, Joshua Sofaer, Anna Colwill, Althea Greenan, Ceren Özpınar, Felicity Allen, Hilary Robinson, Helena Reckitt and others I'm forgetting and or not sure they need/want thanking, who patiently listened to and commented on my first edit!
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