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.
Jan 22 – Discovering Difference: A Narrative Medicine Investigation of Lived Retrospective Diagnosis 🗓
Danielle Spencer (Columbia University) January 22, 2019, 12-2 p.m. 02-709 Georg-Forster Gebäude In this project I “diagnose” a phenomenon I term discovering difference: the experience of newly learning in adulthood that one has a longstanding cognitive or perceptual...read more
Sophia L. Bamert (University of California, Davis) January 24, 2019, 12-1 p.m., 02.102 (Philo II) In 1915, sociologist Robert E. Park described the modern city as “a mosaic of little worlds which touch but do not interpenetrate,” a spatial—and racial—imaginary that...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
Apply for the American Studies Summer School 2019! The Civil Rights Movement, Southern Literature, and Southern Food & Music Experience a unique and intensive research and learning opportunity focusing on the American South. The Obama Institute offers this three-week...read more
Jan 16–18 – Keeping the Faith: Glaube und Journalismus – Conference Room, Helmholtz Institute. Organized by Prof. Oliver Scheiding and Anja-Maria Bassimir 🗓
Religious media are part of the knowledge production of faith communities. As producers, disseminators and archivists they play important roles for perpetuating a certain faith tradition. In this workshop, we will analyze how religious journalists and...read more
Jan 17 – Fake News! The Media Debate in the United States – A Panel Discussion organized by Anja-Maria Bassimir 🗓
Since “fake news” is an oft-used term in contemporary debate, used to both criticize shortcomings of the information age and employed as an accusation that discredits some media outlets, we want to engage the issue from several perspectives.read more