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GSSN members involved in larger collaborative projects may use the GSSN website as a platform to present ongoing research. For details of terms and conditions, contact


Our Projects

2017        Radioactive Documentary

Helen Hughes at the University of Surrey is carrying out a research project into non-fiction film representations of nuclear power in the UK and Germany. The project draws on archive holdings at the British Film Institute (London), at the Bundesfilmarchiv (Berlin), and at the German National Library of Science and Technology (Leibniz Universität Hannover). The International Uranium Film Festival, the visitor centre for Hinckley Point B and the Uranium Mining Museum in Schlema (in German), provide contemporary exhibition contexts for the study. 

The project is funded by a BA/Leverhulme Small Grant.   

2017        Reanimating the Anglo-German Archive

Partners at King’s College London (Erica Carter) and Queen Mary University of London (Alasdair King) plan a joint research project on UK-based archival holdings in German-language film, staged in collaboration with the QMUL Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations. Taking its cue from the Berlin Arsenal’s Living Archive and Visionary Archive – two projects presented at the GSSN’s September 2016 symposium Living Pasts, Moving Present  – the project aims to breathe new life into lost or neglected archival holdings with a series of public events staged during 2017 and 2018 in collaboration with academics, filmmakers and other creative practitioners.

2015-16    Promoting German Studies in the UK (DAAD London)

In 2015, the GSSN won generous funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to support the development of its activities as a research network and public engagement platform. The GSSN has since organised two symposia, Screening Work  (University of Cambridge 2015) and Living Pasts, Moving Present (King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, UCL). The network has also collaborated on film talks at the British Museum, the BFI, the Barbican, and the Cinema Museum London; worked on a series of schools events for autumn 2016; and laid the groundwork for further collaborative research on the Anglo-German archive and expanded film heritage.

2014    Building German-language cinema’s Third Machine: Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 Impact Case Study

In 1982, the film theorist Christian Metz conceptualized film commentary as a `third machine' of meaning production that functions alongside industry and film text to structure cinema audience response. The GSSN’s activities are designed, in the spirit of Metz, to help shape Anglophone discourse on, and reception contexts for, German-language film. In 2014, the GSSN formed part of a REF impact case study presenting the project’s first results.