Postgraduate Conference 2022: After Work

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

Past Conferences

2019 Postgraduate Conference

27 April 2019 | Durham University

2018 Postgraduate Conference

16 March 2018 | University College London

2017 Postgraduate Conference

29 April 2017 | Institute of Modern Languages Research

2016 Postgraduate Conference

23 April 2016 | Institute of Modern Languages Research