“Translating German Film History”

“Queering the quotidian: Queer phenomenological approaches to ‘lowbrow’ entertainment“ The latest issue of the Frames Cinema Journal features the dossier “Translating German Film History” in collaboration with the GSSN. As it states in the Editor’s intro: “GSSN co-director Paul Flaig offers his very own translation of a short text by the Dadaist artist Raoul Hausmann, titled Filmdämmerung/Twilight of Film (1929), alongside an introduction serving to situate Hausmann’s work alongside those of his fellow avant-gardists, … Read more


Film Screening + Q&A Wednesday 16 November 2022, 5.15 pm (Free tickets) Join Dora Osborne (Department of German) for a screening of FINSTERWORLD (2013) (Cert: 12) followed by a Q&A with director Frauke Finsterwalder, and author Christian Kracht, who co-wrote the screenplay with Finsterwalder. The event is run in association with the German Screen Studies Network. The tragicomic fairytale film FINSTERWORLD (2013) dives into questions of German identity. It explores … Read more

New German Cinema Series, The Garden Cinema (London, 14/9 – 15/11/22)

Don’t miss the New German Cinema series presented by The Garden Cinema (London) from 14 September to 15 November 2022 in partnership with the German Screen Studies Network. The series explores West German cinema of the 1960s and 1970s along the example of eight key films realised between 1972 and 1979. The programme features films by Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Margarethe von Trotta and Volker Schlöndorff, all … Read more

Documenting Socialism Workshop: East German Documentary Cinema (St Andrews 30/5-1/6)

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming GSSN workshop, generously supported by the the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of the Promoting German Studies Project, “German Screen Studies Network (GSSN): Media, Cultures, Histories” (Dora Osborne / Paul Flaig). Please note that all papers will be live-streamed via MS Teams. All timings are UK (GMT time). The workshop is open to all who wish to attend in person or … Read more

BFI/GSSN event: “The ABCs of Asta” @ BFI Southbank 3/2/22

Find out more about Asta Nielsen in this evening devoted to the indelible Danish star of silent cinema, which will take place on 3rd February 2022 at the BFI Southbank in London. First, season curator Pamela Hutchinson will present an illustrated lecture on Nielsen’s life and incredible career. She will then be joined by a panel of experts, Erica Carter, Professor of German and Film at King’s College London, So … Read more

Fokus – Films from Germany

Goethe Institut Glasgow presents the 7th edition of its annual Fokus Film Festival. Between 11th and 31st January cinemas around Scotland will be showing a selection of recent films from Germany. GSSN is delighted to present Michael Venus’s Schlaf (Sleep, 2020) on 18th January at 18.30 at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews. The screening is free and you can book tickets here.

Screening and Q and A: Black Women Confronting the Transnational Far-Right – Mo Asumang’s DIE ARIER / THE ARYANS (2015)

Film screening and Q&A with celebrated Afro-German film-maker and journalist Mo Asumang, in conversation with Prof. Erica Carter, Professor of German and Film at King’s College London. With an introduction by Dr Lizzie Stewart, Lecturer in Modern Languages, Culture and Society at Kings College London. Q&A: live online 3rd December 2020 @ 7:15pm. The film will be available to view for 24 hours online from 2nd December 7pm – 3rd … Read more

Film Screening Ingemo Engström and Gerhard Theuring: Escape Route to Marseille

  We are delighted to announce the screening of Escape Route to Marseille (Ingemo Engström and Gerhard Theuring, 1977) in association with GSSN. The adaptation of Anna Segher’s exile novel Transit will be shown at 14.00 on 4th December at Goethe-Institut London and accompanied by discussion with Professor Laura Mulvey, Dr Michael Temple and Dr Helen Hughes. A screening of the film has been planned for some time, but had to be postponed due … Read more

New GSSN Funding

We are delighted to announce that the German Screen Studies Network has secured a third round of funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of its Promoting German Studies competition. The funding allows us to grow the network in exciting new ways following our move to St Andrews and includes a programme of activities running over the next three years under the heading ‘Media, Cultures, Histories’.

An Evening with Katja Riemann

                    In May 2016, the GSSN hosted a film screening, Q&A and wine reception with Katja Riemann, one of the most celebrated film actresses in contemporary German cinema. Riemann’s film breakthrough came in 1993 with the romantic comedy Abgeschminkt! (Making Up!). She has since garnered numerous awards including the 1997 Ernst Lubitsch Prize for achievements in German film acting, the 2007 German … Read more