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
+49 6131 39-22357
+49 6131 39-29097
Mar 21 – “Materialism and Consumption: Circulating Christian Love with American Things” Presentation and Chapter Discussion 🗓
Prof. Hillary Kaell (Anthropology/ Religious Studies, McGill University) "Materialism and Consumption: Circulating Christian Love with American Things" March 21, 2023, 3.00-4.30pm, 02.102 (Philo II, Jakob-Welder-Weg 20) Please join us for a short...read more
Feb 14 & 15 – Film Screening and Workshop with Filmmaker Yehuda Sharim (UC Merced) 🗓
February 14, 2023: Screening of Yehuda Sharim’s film Letters2Maybe (2021) February 15, 2023: Workshop with Yehuda Sharim ("A Map of Light: Creativity & Inspiration during Dark Times") On behalf of The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Prof. Dr....read more
Jan 26 – Exhibition “Intersecting Lives: Life Writing and the U.S. Military in Germany and Beyond” 🗓
January 26, 2023 Thu, 14:00-17:00 Landesmuseum Mainz (Forum) Große Bleiche 49-51, 55116 Mainz Exhibition "Intersecting Lives: Life Writing and the U.S. Military in Germany and Beyond" Die in Deutschland stationierten U.S.-amerikanischen Truppen sind fester Bestandteil...read more
Apply now! Fulbright Scholarships for Bachelor Diversity Summer Program (San Antonio, Texas) 🗓
Für Bachelor-Vollzeitstudierende mit Migrationshintergrund aller Studiengänge an deutschen Universitäten und Fachhochschulen Fulbright Sommerstudienprogramm in den USA: „Diversity Initiative” an der Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas vom 17. August bis 16....read more
Jan 13-Feb 3 – Student Lecture Series: American Slavery in Film 🗓
January/February 2023 Fridays, 10:15-11:45 P1 (Philosophicum) Screening the Past – American Slavery in Film Students and faculty are invited to a student lecture series on cinematic representations of slavery in recent American feature films, Fridays, 10:15-11:45 in...read more
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...read more