The German Screen Studies Network was founded in June 2012 as a platform for informed comment and German-language film promotion amongst researchers, educators, film professionals, and the interested public. The GSSN has four principal aims:
- to provide fora – most prominently the annual GSSN symposium, but also film talks, workshops and schools events – for public discussion and debate on German-language screen media;
- to act as a research hub for national and international scholarship on German-language screen media;
- to promote German-language films and other screen media to a broad-based anglophone public;
- to provide a resource base for professional researchers and others with research interests in German-language screen media.
The network was launched in 2012 by a founding steering group at King’s College London. Run in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, the GSSN received generous funding in 2014-16 from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and has been further supported with monies from King’s College London and six founding university partners.
From 2018, the GSSN carried out the project “Circulating Cinema” which explored the uses of the transnational archive as a resource for the retrieval, curation and dissemination of Anglo-German film heritage. You can read more about this project here.
In 2021, the GSSN moved its operational base to the University of St Andrews with the aim to expand and increase its regional presence throughout England, Wales and Scotland. You can find out about the GSSN’s recent activities here.
For information on membership: Details here.