27 May 2022

After Work / Après le travail

Friday 27 May 2022, 9.15am - 5.30pm

King’s College, London

Registration is now open to attend the 2022 Society for French Studies Postgraduate Conference, After Work!

After Work takes up the insight that experiences of ‘after work’ may provide a vantage point from which to re-evaluate varied forms of workaday life. Panels will consider the theme of ‘after work’ in relation to narrative fiction, the moving image, the reception of artworks and the worklessness of art in French and Francophone cultures, with papers treating themes including labour, sex/work, desire, (re)production, worklessness, utopia, globalism, and migration.

Inspired by the idea that, as researchers, we can have generative conversations about ongoing work when we are no longer at our desks (a notion that has been all the more apparent since the onset of the pandemic), the conference will take the form of a work-in-progress seminar. For a copy of the provisional programme, please see here.

We are delighted to announce that Dr Elliot Evans (University of Birmingham) will be giving the keynote lecture.

To reserve a place for attendance, please send the following information to :

Full Name

Email address

Institutional affiliation and level of study (if applicable)

Any dietary* and accessibility requirements

If you plan to attend for only part of the day, please indicate when you expect to be in attendance, and whether or not you will require lunch

*Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided

Please note that the deadline for signing up is 11 May 2022 and that places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The conference will take place in-person and the room will be accessible by wheelchair. We will be taking frequent breaks, and a toilet will be located nearby. We will ventilate the room as much as possible, and will ask all delegates to wear a mask where possible (unless exempt). Do please let us know if you have any other accessibility requirements or concerns by writing to David Ewing and Elly Walters at

27 - 29 June 2022

2022 annual conference

27 - 29 June 2022 | Queen's University Belfast

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the 63rd annual conference of the Society for French Studies, which will take place at Queen’s University Belfast, 27th–29th June. A provisional programme, as well as the link to register, can be found below. For all enquiries related to the conference, please email the Society’s Conference Officer, Dr Richard Mason, at

The deadlines for registration are as follows:

Early bird registration deadline: Friday 15thApril 2022

Final deadline for registration: Friday 6th May

The society offers postgraduate and unwaged delegates subsidised rates. We also encourage postgraduate students who are giving papers or presenting posters at the conference to apply for support with their travel costs from our dedicated conference PG Travel Grant fund. Applications for support not exceeding £150 should be sent to Dr Richard Mason at before 15th April. Applicants to the fund should supply a detailed breakdown of transport costs.

PG poster competition

We also encourage postgraduates to enter our poster competition, which will take place at the conference. The winning submission will be awarded a prize of £150, and the runner up £50. Please send a c.100-word summary of your research topic/question to by 15 April, including institutional affiliation and level of study (subject line: ‘SFS poster’). We will then contact entrants with further details.

The Society is happy to welcome expressions of interest in a virtual poster, should presenters not be able to travel to Belfast. Remote participants will have a digital version of their poster displayed in a virtual showcase on our website, as well as the opportunity to have a printed poster displayed at the conference.