Welcome to the Obama Institute
for Transnational American Studies!
The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz offers a dynamic and wide-ranging program in both research and teaching for all students interested in topics related to the Americas in a global context.
With a special focus on interculturality, transnationalism, and interdisciplinarity, our expertise lies in the fields of Early American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Life Writing/Life Sciences, Political & Intellectual History, Film & Media Studies, Religion and American Culture, and Materiality.
Associate Professor Ian Afflerbach (University of North Georgia, USA) "Selling Out Your Art" December 6, 2022, 4:15pm, 02-611 (GFG) What does it mean to say that an artist has “sold out”? Where did this expression come from, and why has it gained such...read more
Join the American Studies Summer School 2023! The Civil Rights Movement, Southern Literature, and Southern Food & Music Experience a unique and intensive research and learning opportunity focusing on the American South. The Obama Institute offers this three-week...read more
Prof. Dr. Brigitte Johanna Glaser (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) November 22, 2022, 9:40am, N.106 (Stufenhörsaal) "Margaret Atwood's Venture into Graphic Novels: The Angel Catbird Trilogy and the War Bears Series" Professor Glaser’s research focus is in...read more
Nov. 24, 2022 – 11:00-13.00 – Obama Lecture – Dekanatssaal (ReWi, 03-150) Please join us for our annual Obama Lecture on Thanksgiving, where we will celebrate 70 years of American Studies at JGU Mainz, with contributions from three professors who helped shape what has...read more
On Nov 10 the Obama Institute will hold an info session on its Direct Exchange programs. Please join us in room P 11 (Philosophicum) for more information about the exciting exchange opportunities! Nov 10, 18:00-20:00 (s.t.) P 11 (Philosophicum) Please find all details...read more
Join us for our research colloquy in the upcoming winter term 2022/23 in both Mainz can Germersheim.read more