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.
As part of the university-wide open day on Jan 30, 2019, Dr. Nele Sawallisch, Dr. Damien Schlarb, and Julia Velten, M.A. (together with our student assistants Ana Elisa Gomez Laris and Amina Touzos) welcomed high school students to the Obama Institute and introduced...read more
Feb 8 – Pomo Feminist: Serious, Funny and Unhinged Performances by a Former Sacred Naked Nature Girl 🗓
Denise Uyehara (Performance Artist) February 8, 2019 10 a.m.-12 noon, P 103 (Philosophicum) Denise Uyehara was supposed to be a “good girl” from the suburbs, but instead she turned out “bad.” What went wrong — or right — depends on who you ask. In her talk, she...read more
Career Workshop: American Art February 8, 2019 Helmholtz Institute Mainz Staudingerweg 18 55128 Mainz Conference Room 1395-00-133/135 (Ground Floor), 10 a.m.–11 a.m. Interested in studying American art, working in museums, applying for research funding, or...read more
Denise Uyehara (Performance Artist) February 7, 2019 6-8 p.m., P 203 (Philosophicum) This evening, Denise Uyehara discusses her work as part of the Fifth World Collective, a group of Indigenous and non-indigenous artists from the Southwest, U.S., as they...read more
International Perspectives on American Art Symposium hosted by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies and the Art History Department, Johannes Gutenberg University The symposium, International Perspectives on American Art, brings together scholars from...read more
Jan 31 – ‘Road Trippin:’ Twentieth-Century American Road Narratives and Petrocultures from On The Road to The Road 🗓
Scott Obernesser (University of Mississippi) January 31, 2019, 12-1 p.m., 02.102 (Philo II) “‘Road Trippin:’ Twentieth-Century American Road Narratives and Petrocultures from On The Road to The Road” examines late-twentieth century U.S. road narratives in an...read more