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
Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
55128 Mainz
+49 6131 39-22357
+49 6131 39-22146

4th of July Celebration at the Obama Institute

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...

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America First and the 4th of July 🗓

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....

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June 29 – Krautrock and Transnationalism

Ulrich Adelt (University of Wyoming) June 29, 2017, 6 p.m.,  P 106 This talk will engage discourses of popular music and transnationalism to discuss Krautrock, West German electronic music and rock from the 1970s. Groups such as Can, Neu!, Faust and Kraftwerk blended...

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