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

May 24 – Lunch Lecture on Narrative Medicine 🗓

Danielle Spencer Academic Director, Narrative Medicine Program Columbia University, New York May 24, 2022, 12-1 p.m., 02.102 (Philo II) This talk offers an introduction to Narrative Medicine, as well as the concept of metagnosis as the revelation of a longstanding...

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Research Summer 2022

The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies welcomes several internationally renowned scholars in the summer term of 2022. Please join us for their contributions to our course and research program! May 92–4pm, P3, Philosophicum I Imagined Pasts: Historical...

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