The Return of the Real

King's College London

The first GSSN Symposium, ‘The Return of the Real — Realism and Everyday Life in Contemporary German-language Film,’ was held at King’s College London from 3 to 5 July 2013. The event established a model for future symposia, with a mix of screenings, keynote speeches and informal panels, as well as a postgraduate workshop and a filmmaker workshop. The founding organising committee comprised Martin Brady, Erica Carter, Florian Lippert, Andre ... Read more

Translating Stars: German Cinema in a transnational context.

University of Leeds

The second GSSN symposium was held at the University of Leeds from 9 to 11 September 2014. Organised by Dr Chris Homewood, and PhD coordinators Rachel Greene and Luke Postlethwaite, this event looked at ways of understanding transnational cinemas through the careers of German-speaking stars past and present, including Emil Jannings, Pola Negri, Daniel Brühl and Sibel Kikelli. Full programme here.

Screening work

University of Cambridge

SCREENING WORK UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE FRIDAY 10 – SATURDAY 11 JULY 2015 At Screening Work, students, academics and interested members of the public were invited to explore, through subtitled film screenings and talks, the changing depiction of work in German-language moving image culture.  Filmmaker Carmen Losmann attended the symposium and presented her award-winning film Work Hard Play Hard (2011). Distinguished speakers included the film theorist and critic Professor Gertrud Koch (Freie ... Read more

Living Pasts, Moving Present – 4th Annual Symposium

King's College London

 Three days of screenings, workshops and panel discussions exploring cinema as a resource for reshaping a crisis-ridden global present. The event begins at Queen Mary University of London on Thursday 8th September with an open research forum, followed by a workshop on Berlin Arsenal’s Living Archive project featuring special guests Senta Siewert (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt) and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Arsenal). The workshop sets the tone for an evening screening exploring experiments in film rhythm ... Read more

The Bitter Tears of Fassbinder’s Women

NFT 3, BFI Southbank, London

Fassbinder’s creative and personal relationships with women are discussed in this symposium which is presented by the BFI's Margaret Deriaz, together with Martin Brady from King's. Tickets and details available via the BFI website.

Baftss 2018: Revolution: Politics, Technology, Aesthetics


The German Screen Studies Special Interest Group (SIG) aims to run one or two panels annually at the BAFTSS yearly conference and the next one takes place 12-13 April 2018 at the University of Kent. This is the call for papers with a deadline of 15 November 2017: "The German Screen Studies Network would like to present a panel of papers on German language or related screen media at the BAFTTS ... Read more

May ’68 and its Legacies

King's College London

The GSSN is pleased to announce its participation in the forthcoming programme of events on May ’68 and its Legacies at King’s College London. Highlights include a weekend symposium (Friday June 15th – Sunday June 17th), including screenings and discussions with filmmakers Jochen Gerz (Saturday 16th, 13.30 – 14.25) and Helke Sander (Sunday 17th, 13.20 – 14.50). Helke Sander’s Sunday afternoon session includes screenings of two early films, Subjektitüde (1966) and Brecht die ... Read more

Lotte Eisner: writer, archivist, curator

Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, Birkbeck Cinema/Nash Lecture Theatre, King's College London 43 Gordon Square, London, United Kingdom

This two-day symposium explores and celebrates the work and legacy of Lotte Eisner, author of the seminal text on Weimar silent film The Haunted Screen (orig.1952). A film critic, journalist and, for over thirty years, archivist at the Cinémathèque Française, Eisner, was born in Berlin in 1896  as the daughter of a wealthy assimilated Jewish family. She died in Paris in 1983, having fled there in 1933 and where she remained for ... Read more

BAFTSS 7th Annual Conference: 25-27 April 2019

University of Birmingham

The theme of the BAFTSS 7th Annual Conference University of Birmingham, 25-27 April 2019,  is ‘Intersecting Identities: Race, Sex, Nation.’  Deadline for proposals is: Friday 14 December 2018 with completed proposal forms sent to If you are interested in organising a panel or presenting a paper with the GSSN group at the conference, please contact Helen Hughes and Elizabeth Ward by 1 December 2018. Individual abstracts and additional panels ... Read more