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.
Dear Students, Because of the current situation, we have to change our policies regarding personal consultations during walk-in office hours. We are to minimize personal contact with our students; consequently, Most office hours will be suspended until further notice....read more
Periodicals and Indigenous Modernity The German Research Foundation (DFG) has announced to fund the research project “Periodicals and Indigenous Modernity: Building a Text Corpus of American Indian Magazines,1890–1930” (SCHE 1616/12-1) conducted by Professor Scheiding...read more
Aug 10-14, 2020 The University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma, USA In August 2020, the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies offers a Summer School to Norman, Oklahoma. Join us for workshop sessions on Indigenous filmmaking with directors and faculty from...read more
Feb 6 – The Legacy of Residential Schools in Native North American Literature and Culture: Pedagogical and Theoretical Considerations 🗓
Cristina Stanciu (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA) Feb 6, 2020 16:15-17:45, P 203 (Philosophicum) This presentation, part of a new research project on Indigenous writing in the aftermath of residential schools in four settler states, has two interrelated goals:...read more
Feb 4 – Native Education, Print Culture, and Americanization at Carlisle Indian Industrial School, 1879-1918 🗓
Cristina Stanciu (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA) Feb 4, 2020 16:15-17:45, Fakultätssaal (Philosophicum) This talk turns to print culture, zooming in on a key archive: the records of Carlisle Indian Industrial School, the first federally-funded off-reservation...read more
Stefanie Schäfer Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena Jan 31, 2020 08:15-09:45, P 206 (Philosophicum) This presentation examines the influence of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West on the Western genre and zooms in on the gendered representation of cowboy culture by female...read more