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.
Dec 18 – Slavery Reconsidered: Colson Whitehead’s _The Underground Railroad_ and Other Recent Representations 🗓
Jutta Zimmermann (Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel) Dec 18, 2018, 9.40-11.10 a.m., Room 328 (Campus Germersheim, FB 06) In recent years, slavery has been the topic of a whole number of popular literary texts and films. Compared to earlier representations,...read more
Vanessa Evans (York University, Canada) December 13, 2018, 12-1 p.m., 02.102 (Philo II) Too often, the pull of the policy audience has resulted in decolonization being enlisted as a hollow metaphor that seeks to reconcile settler complicity and secure settler...read more
Russ Castronovo (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA) Nov 28, 2018, 4-6 p.m., P 103 (Philosophicum) Russ Castronovo is Tom Paine Professor of English and Dorothy Draheim Professor of American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, where he is also...read more
Aging Cultures – Cultures of Aging Interdisciplinary Symposium Nov 22, 2018, 6-8 p.m. Nov 23, 2018, 10.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m. Philosophicum II, room 00.212 Keynotes by Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Kunow (Potsdam) and Dr. Scott King (Winchester, VA, USA) Everybody welcome! Download...read more
Gabriele Rippl (University of Bern, Switzerland) “Picture This! Transcultural American Literature in the Digital Age” Nov 22, 2018, 12 noon-2 p.m. Senatssaal (7th floor, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät) On Nov 22, Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl will give the annual Obama...read more
Research Group "Transnational Periodical Cultures" Unternehmen und Akteure (Workshop II) Nov 21, 2018, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Campus Germersheim (Raum 117, Sitzungsraum) The research group "Transnational Periodical Cultures" (Jutta Ernst, Dagmar von Hoff, Bjørn von...read more