We are delighted to announce that the GSSN has been successful in securing funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a two-year research project, Circulating Cinema: The Moving Image Archive as Anglo-German Contact Zone. 


The project develops out of the 2016 GSSN symposium, Living Pasts, Moving Present, also co-funded by the DAAD, which explored with guests including Prof Vinzenz Hediger and Dr Senta Siewert (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt), Stefanie Schulte-Strathaus (Arsenal Berlin), filmmakers Manu Luksch, Didi Cheeka, Arne Hector, and Filmkollektiv Recherche, the potential of creative uses of the archive to reanimate lost elements of Anglo-German and global film heritage.


During the lifetime of Circulating Cinema, UK and German researchers from disciplines including film and media studies, German Studies, and history, will work with British and German archives and cultural institutions on subprojects whose common focus is on images and artefacts, as well as creative practitioners and media ephemera moving through twentieth and twenty-first century circuits of bi- and transnational cultural contact and exchange.


The project will explore how media artefacts highlight both historical commonalities across national borders, and tensions within exclusively national narratives of collective belonging. Generous funding from the DAAD will also support a programme of public events—film screenings and talks, workshops, symposia—that serve the GSSN’s mission of bringing German-language film to new audiences.


The events programme begins on October 26-27 with a symposium on the work of the archivist, curator and film historian Lotte Eisner, including her pathbreaking curatorial and archive activities at the Cinémathèque Francaise. Staged at King’s College London (KCL) and Birkbeck University of London, with support from the DAAD, the Goethe-Institut and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI), the symposium is organised by Julia Eisner (KCL), Michael Temple (BIMI) and Erica Carter (KCL), and includes screenings of key films as well as presentations from specilalists in the field.


Further details of this and later events follow soon on the GSSN Events page and social media. 


The accompanying image shows Didi Cheeka of the Lagos Film Society speaking on a joint project with the Arsenal Berlin at the 2016 GSSN symposium.