Cancelled: Circulating cinema: distributed mobilities in the Anglo-German archive

Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews

Please note that the BAFTSS 2020 Conference is now cancelled As part of this year's BAFTSS Conference, our panel contributes perspectives from Circulating Cinema (CIRCE), to debates on the retrieval and remediation of transnational media histories. CIRCE members have explored archival holdings whose transnational movements are arrested by their ‘stranding’ in national archives, but that may be reanimated by their reframing within historical cartographies mapping transnational epistolary, migratory, (co)-production and distribution ... Read more

Cancelled: Installation Spaces and Virtual Screen Cultures

Byre Studio, University of St Andrews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ([email protected]) or Dr. Paul Flaig ([email protected]) with any GSSN-related questions.  

“Documenting Socialism” Symposium

The 2-day symposium organized by Prof. Seán Allan (University of St Andrews) and Sebastian Heiduschke (Oregon State University) is part of the GSSN's research subproject "Documenting Socialism: New Perspectives on East German Documentary Film". It brings together the present and next generation of scholars working on East German documentary film and reflects on new theoretical and methodological approaches. A volume of essays coming out in mid-2023 hopes to close the gap in ... Read more

FINSTERWORLD: Film Screening

BYRE WORLD in association with the GSSN presents FINSTERWORLD by the director Frauke Finsterwalder. The film screening is followed by a Q&A with the director and co-author Christian Kracht, moderated by Dora Osborne (University of St Andrews).

Images at Work: Labour and the Moving Image 

King's College London

Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus King’s College London This in-person international research conference organized by Laura Lux (KCL) and Georgina L Breuilly (KCL) brings together film studies scholars to examine representations of labour on screen. You can find more information and the programme here.