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 Colleagues, Students and Friends of the Obama Institute: The Corona pandemic has upset all our plans of teaching and research, also a Fourth of July conference with the Fellows of the Obama Institute. The proliferation of COVID-19 has questioned conventional...read more
As members of the Obama Institute at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and personally, we are terribly saddened to see the developments in the United States of America. We, therefore, express our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those who are...read more
Penn State University Press publishes first volume of Studies in the American Short Story (SASS) As one of the centers for the study of the American short story in Germany, the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies proudly announces the publication of the...read more
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