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.


Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies
University of Mainz
Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
55128 Mainz
+49 6131 39-22357
+49 6131 39-29097

Dec 6 – Guest Lecture “Selling Out Your Art” 🗓

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...

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