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We live in an age that prioritises happiness above all else. But whilst happiness is a great driver of societal wellbeing, happy people also take less risks, may be less creative… and those who say they are actively seeking happiness are statistically less likely to be happy. Whilst a state of boredom – the anathema of the age – actually opens the mind, makes you better at problem-solving and makes you more goal-oriented.

Join Afshin Shahi, as he makes the argument that happiness is the enemy of freedom, defends the virtue of boredom, and asks whether it is possible to be mentally free whilst continuing our pursuit of that illusive thing – happiness.



About The Speaker

Afshin Shahi

Dr Afshin Shahi is a senior lecturer in Middle East politics and International Relations at Bradford University. He is a multilingual scholar and his research interests encompass sectarianism and the politics and security of the Middle East, with a particular focus on political Islam. He is the author of Politics of Truth Management in Saudi Arabia (Routledge 2013), and co-author of the forthcoming book, Iran: the Shia State and the Sunni Minority.