In Conversation with... William Davies

Author of The Happiness Industry: How Government and Big Business Sold Us Well-Being

Thursday 4 February 2016, 4pm.

UCD Humanities Institute Seminar Room

In the past decade, governments and corporations have become increasingly interested in measuring the way people feel: ‘the Happiness index,’ ‘Gross National Happiness’, ‘well-being’ and positive psychology have come to dominate the way we live our lives. As a result, our emotions have become a new resource to be bought and sold. A fascinating investigation combining history, science and ideas, William Davies’ book The Happiness Industry shows how well-being influences all aspects of our lives: business, finance, marketing and smart technology. In a public interview with Professor Diane Negra, Davies will discuss the research he gathered for the book. William Davies is a sociologist and political economist whose writing has appeared in New Left Review, Prospect, The Financial Times, Political Quarterly and The Daily Beast. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London.

This event is jointly organised by the UCD Humanities Institute and the UCD School of English, Drama & Film

For more information please contact Stacy Grouden at stacy.grouden@ucd.ie (01 716 8133)

The poster can be downloaded here.