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 39-29097

Nov 22 – Annual Obama Lecture & Award Ceremony 🗓

Gabriele Rippl (University of Bern, Switzerland) “Picture This! Transcultural American Literature in the Digital Age” Nov 22, 2018, 12 noon-2 p.m. Senatssaal (7th floor, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät)   On Nov 22, Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl will give the annual Obama...

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Nov 21 – Unternehmen und Akteure (Workshop) 🗓

Research Group "Transnational Periodical Cultures" Unternehmen und Akteure (Workshop II) Nov 21, 2018, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Campus Germersheim (Raum 117, Sitzungsraum)   The research group "Transnational Periodical Cultures" (Jutta Ernst, Dagmar von Hoff, Bjørn von...

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Studying Abroad – Info Sessions 🗓

On Oct 24, Nov 6, and Nov 27 the Department and the Obama Institute will hold info sessions on their various exchange programs. Please find more details regarding each session on this flyer here....

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