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.
Penn State University Press publishes first volume of Studies in the American Short Story (SASS) As one of the centers for the study of the American short story in Germany, the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies proudly announces the publication of the...read more
Dear Students, Because of the current situation, we have to change our policies regarding personal consultations during walk-in office hours. We are to minimize personal contact with our students; consequently, Most office hours will be suspended until further notice....read more
Periodicals and Indigenous Modernity The German Research Foundation (DFG) has announced to fund the research project “Periodicals and Indigenous Modernity: Building a Text Corpus of American Indian Magazines,1890–1930” (SCHE 1616/12-1) conducted by Professor Scheiding...read more
Aug 10-14, 2020 The University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma, USA In August 2020, the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies offers a Summer School to Norman, Oklahoma. Join us for workshop sessions on Indigenous filmmaking with directors and faculty from...read more
Feb 6 – The Legacy of Residential Schools in Native North American Literature and Culture: Pedagogical and Theoretical Considerations 🗓
Cristina Stanciu (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA) Feb 6, 2020 16:15-17:45, P 203 (Philosophicum) This presentation, part of a new research project on Indigenous writing in the aftermath of residential schools in four settler states, has two interrelated goals:...read more
Feb 4 – Native Education, Print Culture, and Americanization at Carlisle Indian Industrial School, 1879-1918 🗓
Cristina Stanciu (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA) Feb 4, 2020 16:15-17:45, Fakultätssaal (Philosophicum) This talk turns to print culture, zooming in on a key archive: the records of Carlisle Indian Industrial School, the first federally-funded off-reservation...read more