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’.

GSSN is Moving

The German Screen Studies Network (GSSN) will be moving its base to Scotland, where colleagues from the Universities of St Andrews and Aberdeen will continue to coordinate and promote both online and in-person events, including screenings, interviews, workshops and much else. Watch this space for further announcements about our autumn programme and write to Dr. Dora Osborne ( or Dr. Paul Flaig ( with any GSSN-related questions.  

Tangled Pasts: Negotiating Politics of the Past and Present in Postwar German Film

Speakers Elizabeth Ward (Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London) Bill Niven (Professor Emeritus in Contemporary German History, Nottingham Trent University) Chair: David Clarke (Professor of Modern German Studies, Cardiff University) Institute: Institute of Modern Languages Research Focusing on the West and East respectively, Bill Niven and Elizabeth Ward discuss two different attempts to contain socially or politically contentious subjects within political frameworks in the Federal Republic and German Democratic Republic. Throughout its existence, … Read more

Panel Recordings: Hussein Shariffe (1934 – 2005): Exile and homecoming between London, Cairo and Khartoum

Posted by Ecarter on Dec. 19, 2020 | 0 Comments On December 18–19 2020, three online panel discussions staged at the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) explored the global connections linking Sudanese filmmaker and artist Hussein Shariffe’s film oeuvre to transnational modernisms, and to more proximate British histories of migration, exile, colonial violence, and exilic homecoming. These are the recordings of the events that included Shariffe’s daughter Eiman Hussein, Erica Carter, Liz … Read more

Mini-Season – Hussein Shariffe (1934 – 2005): Exile and homecoming between London, Cairo and Khartoum

Panels: December 18–19, 2020 Online screenings throughout December 2020 Register here Find the recordings of the online panels here In 1959, the Slade School of Fine Art staged its annual group photograph of the class of ’59. Amidst the group sits a young Sudanese student, Hussein Mamoun Shariffe.  Shariffe was by the late 1950s attracting acclaim for his art, winning the John Moores Prize for Young Artists, and staging his first solo … Read more

Panel: National Cinema in the Netflix Era

Find a recording of the event here: RSVP and View on Facebook Live Staged as part of the San Francisco BERLIN AND BEYOND free virtual film festival, this special panel marks the release of The German Cinema Book (2nd Edition), published by the British Film Institute in April 2020. The panel will feature brief statements by three of the book’s editors, highlighting transnational connections, acts of diversity, counter-cinema and feminist interventions, … Read more

Reading Group: Anna Seghers – Transit

The GSSN is launching a new online autumn season with an event staged in association with the Goethe-Institut London and Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image (BIMI). This reading group discussion of the novel Transit by Anna Seghers was originally scheduled as a prelude to a screening of Escape to Marseille by Ingemo Engström and Gerhard Theuring during the Essay Film Festival in April 2020. Following the spring 2020 COVID-19 lockdown the screening was … Read more

Coffee with Kafka: Film Discussion of Haneke’s The Castle

Coffee with Kafka: Film Discussion of Haneke’s The Castle As part of the ‘Sense of German‘ Culture Week run by the Department of German at the University of Aberdeen, you are warmly invited to take part in a ‘Kaffee mit Kafka’ (Coffee with Kafka) discussion event on Michael Haneke’s film adaptation of Kafka’s Das Schloss (The Castle). Watch Haneke’s film adaptation of Franz Kafka’s enigmatic novel Das Schloss (The Castle) here (German audio only). If you’re a beginner of … Read more

Cancelled: Installation Spaces and Virtual Screen Cultures

Please note that the BAFTSS 2020 Conference is now cancelled. The encounter between machine intelligence and human desire in Brenda Lien’s Call of… mixed-footage video installations (2016-18) Dr Annie Ring presents this paper as part of the panel entitled Installation Spaces and Virtual Screen Cultures. The development of artificial intelligence has enabled unprecedented growth in surveillance in the past 30 years. Data are gathered in vast quantities by smart technologies that reside … Read more