The GSSN has several in-house research projects, and also showcases members’ current research in German screen studies. Individual members are encouraged to include their profile in our register of experts. To post details of your current research, contact info@germanscreenstudies.eu. This service is for members only. Sign up for membership here.


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 info@germanscreenstudies.eu.


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Our Projects

2017-2020 Expanded Film Heritage

In 2016, the GSSN won funding from the King’s College London Faculty of Arts of Humanities to develop a large-scale collaborative project on expanded film heritage. The project uses methods from film history and media archaeology to explore how the ‘flow of [cinematic] images’ can be perceived as ‘constituting a ‘world' (Elsaesser). The ‘worlds’ explored are ‘German’ to the extent that the project’s focus is on Germanic cultural artefacts and/or social subjects; but they are also extraterritorial, since these artefacts and human subjects are located within relations of transcultural exchange in dispersed or mobile global locales. The project’s three objects of study are

  • films as travelling artefacts (the emphasis of the project is on distribution, exhibition and reception)
  • migrant bodies (audiences as well as film practitioners)
  • institutions as loci of transcultural exchange as well as of new geopolitical relations (the focus is on archives, exhibition sites, festivals, overseas cultural institutes etc). 

A scoping working with partners partners including Senta Siewert (Goethe-Institut Frankfurt), Leila Mukhida (King’s College London) and Erica Carter (King’s College London) takes place in autumn 2016, with the aim of developing funding bids during 2016 and 2017.

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.


Members’ research

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