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
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Philipp Schweighauser (University of Basel) May 2, 2018, 10-12 a.m., P 10 This talk starts with a brief overview of the three main subgenres of the early American novel—the picaresque, the gothic, and the sentimental—before zooming in on deception. The stories these...read more
Mark Noonan (New York City College of Technology) April 24, 2018, 6-8 p.m., P 103 In her recent book Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep Time, Wai Chee Dimock writes: “For too long, American literature has been seen as a world apart, sufficient...read more
Closing Conference of the DFG-funded research network “Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies” (DFG # BA 3567/4-1)
June 21-23, 2018, Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz.
Conference organizers: Dr. Pia Wiegmink (Obama Institute) and Dr. Birgit M. Bauridl (U Regensburg)
“The Post-Obama Ethos: The Transnational U.S. in the Aftermath of Hope” International Interdisciplinary Symposium Symposium Sponsors: Obama Institute & Georgia State University Host Institution: Georgia State University March 22 – 23, 2018 CfP Post...read more
Workshop in cooperation with Columbia University
Jan 12-14, Alte Mensa
The Obama Institute wishes you all Happy Holidays!read more