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
+49 6131 39-22357
+49 6131 39-22146
Lecture by Jerry Ellis, Obama Prize, Hans Galinsky Prize
Nov 23, P 5 (Philosophicum)
Jerry Ellis: “The Trail Leads Home”
Obama Dissertation Prize
Hans Galinsky Memorial Prize
Oct 26-28 – From Abolition to Black Lives Matter: Past and Present Forms of Transnational Black Resistance 🗓
Oct 26-28, Fakultätssaal (Philosophicum)
Dorothy Randall Tsuruta (Chair of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University, USA)
Charmaine Nelson (Professor of Art History, Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Harvard University, USA)
Vincent Carretta (Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, University of Maryland, USA)
William Pierce (APCO Worldwide, former assistant secretary for public affairs, DHHS) 10-11.30a.m., P 105 Among the most developed nations, the United States has a rather unique health care system. The basic question is why? While often leading in drug discovery, new...read more
As Americans celebrated the 4th of July, so too did the Obama Institute. Festivities began at noon with a lecture by Dr. David Sirakov, Director of the Atlantic Academy. Faculty and students were at hand in the afternoon to answer questions about posters showcasing...read more
July 11 – The Varieties of American Patriotism: Domestic Conflict over U.S. Foreign Policy from Munich to Korea 🗓
Michaela Hoenicke Moore (University of Iowa)
July 11, 4-6 p.m., SB II 01-531
July 12 – The Trump Presidency in Historical Perspective: Does America’s Political System Still Work? 🗓
Sean Theriault (University of Texas, Austin)
July 12, 10-12 a.m., P3 (Philosophicum)
Presented by the Department of Political Science and the US General Consulate, Frankfurt.
July 11 – Surveying American Late Modernism: Partisan Review and the Cultural Politics of the Questionnaire 🗓
Ian Afflerbach (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta) July 11, 2017, 2-4 p.m., P 208 In 1939, Philip Rahv and William Phillips, editors of Partisan Review, attempted to map “The Situation in American Writing” by sending a questionnaire to some of the nation’s...read more
The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies invites you to an original Fourth of July celebration in the spirit of Independence and the legacy of President Barack Obama. Two eminent speakers, Dr. David Sirakov, Director of the Atlantic Academy, and Prof....read more
June 29 – Retrieving the Extinguished: Poems from an Assimilated Jewish American Connecting to her Jewish German Past 🗓
6 p.m., Fakultätssaal (Philosophicum)