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.
The Future of Transatlantic Relations: A Town Hall Meeting James W. Herman (U.S. Consul General, Frankfurt) May 23, 2018, 4-6 p.m., P 5 (Philosophicum) The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies invites all students and faculty to a open-mike hall...read more
I Am Not Your Negro (2017), dir. Raoul Peck May 16, 2018, 8.30 p.m., Ciné Mayence Raoul Peck's acclaimed 2017 documentary I Am Not Your Negro will be screened at Ciné Mayence, followed by a discussion with Prof. Mita Banerjee (Obama Institute), Prof. Axel Schäfer...read more
Sean Lovitt, M.A. (University of Delaware) May 11, 2018, 10-12 a.m., P 103 (Philosophicum) The Black Arts Movement is normally associated with Black Nationalism, which, although a crucial influence, cannot account for the heterogeneity of the social movements that...read more
Studentische Unterstützung amerikanischer und kanadischer Austauschlektor*innen Sie studieren BA AMERICAN STUDIES im Kernfach und möchten sich im Wintersemester 2018/19 ein Praktikum am Obama Institute als „Independent Studies“ anrechnen lassen? Ihre Aufgaben: Sie...read more
Philipp Schweighauser (University of Basel) May 2, 2018, 10-12 a.m., P 10 This talk starts with a brief overview of the three main subgenres of the early American novel—the picaresque, the gothic, and the sentimental—before zooming in on deception. The stories these...read more
Mark Noonan (New York City College of Technology) April 24, 2018, 6-8 p.m., P 103 In her recent book Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep Time, Wai Chee Dimock writes: “For too long, American literature has been seen as a world apart, sufficient...read more