About the event

In her last book, the distinguished cultural theorist Sara Ahmed (Race and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London) raised critical questions about the moral order imposed by the injunction to be happy by drawing on the intellectual history of happiness. Exploring classical accounts of ethics as the good life, seventeenth-century writings on affect and the passions, eighteenth-century debates on virtue and education, and nineteenth-century utilitarianism she engaged with feminist, antiracist, and queer critics who have shown how happiness is used to justify social oppression, and how challenging oppression causes unhappiness. Join us as she discusses her new work on the will and willfulness. This a public program connected to “Affect Theory.” For further information on this and other Seminars in the Humanities, see http://centerforthehumanities.org/seminars.