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.
Gregory Betts (University College, Dublin/Brock University, Canada) July 2, 2019 4-6 p.m., P 207 (Philosophicum) Indigenous art has always been interconnected with the avant-garde, and it is increasingly fallacious to speak of the difference between Indigenous and...read more
KEYNOTE: Race and Anti-Imperialism in Merze Tate’s International Thought Barbara Savage (University of Pennsylvania) Thursday, June 27, 2019 6 p.m. (s.t.) Helmholtz-Institut Mainz – Staudingerweg 18 Conference Ground Floor II – Room 1395-00-133 This keynote is part of...read more
'Thinking against the Grain': Challenging the (Emerging) Liberal Consensus Richard King (University of Nottingham, UK) Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4-6 p.m. P 207 - Philosophicum After World War II, there was an emerging consensus on matters of race, including racial...read more
Madleen Podewski (FU Berlin) June 27, 2019 6-8 p.m. (c.t.) Room 02.102 (Philosophicum II) Zeitschriften sind aus verschiedenen Text-, Bild- und graphischen Elementen aufgebaut. Abhängig von Formatgröße und Seitenumfang und abhängig vom jeweiligen Formattypus werden...read more
Early America through the Lens of Science Fiction Laura M. Stevens (University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA) Thursday, June 27, 2019 4 p.m. P 15 - Philosophicum This talk will consider some of the frameworks that science fiction has provided for depicting and understanding...read more
June 25 – Heinrich the Shoemaker and the S/Cistrunks that Followed: A Narrative of Black and White in the U.S. South 🗓
Elizabeth J. West (Georgia State University) June 25, 2019 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Philosophicum I, P207 From 1739–1748 the centuries long dispute between Britain and Spain over contested territories in present day Florida and Georgia heightened into the conflict that became...read more