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.
Apply now! Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee and her project team are looking for an American Studies PhD student to join their project "Alter(n) als Leistung: Successful Aging, Best Agers und die Logik der Superlative," which is part of the recently established SFB 1482...read more
Dear colleagues, after this year’s annual meeting of the historians in the DGfA/GAAS had to move online, we hope that many of us will be able to come together next year for a more in-person event, though we are planning on virtual components for those who may still be...read more
We would like to invite everyone to the Obama Institute's annual Fourth of July Lecture on July 5 (4 p.m.). Members of the OI Executive Board will start by briefly introducing the latest news in Research at the OI, including the recently...read more
The Poetry Reading Series: Javier Zamora (USA) Tuesday, 29 June at 7:00 p.m. (co-organized and sponsored by the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Obama Institute, and Studienprogramm Q+) Zoom: https://uni-due.zoom.us/j/64684497115?pwd=TUttQXFQSWRWMmN0MTdxR1NBODQvQT09...read more
OI Projects Receive Funding as Part of New Collaborative Research Center “Human Differentiation” (SFB 1482; DFG) 🗓
DFG (German Research Foundation) approves €10m in funding for a new Collaborative Research Center on "Human Differentiation" (SFB 1482) The Obama Institute proudly confirms its participation in the new Collaborative Reseach Center "Human Differentiation" (SFB 1482),...read more
Dear colleagues,this year the annual conference of the historians within the GAAS/DGfA must move online. We hope you will join us for the meeting on Zoom on February 26, 2021. (Links will be posted here closer to the time of the event.) Conference Program 14:00...read more