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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

Call for Applications: PhD Position 🗓

The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies invites applications for a position as PhD student and researcher in the research project “Alter(n) als Leistung: Successful Aging, Best Agers und die Logik der Superlative”, led by Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee, to...

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May 8 – Periodicals and Globalization (Workshop) 🗓

Research Group "Transnational Periodical Cultures" Periodicals and Globalization (Workshop V) May 8, 2019, 9:45 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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May 7 – Pluralism and Populism: The Legacy of May 68 🗓

Walter Benn Michaels (University of Illinois, Chicago) May 7, 2019 4 p.m.-6 noon, Philosophicum I, P207 The subject of this talk will be the death of both the author and the working class, with a particular focus on Didier Eribon’s Retour a Reims. Walter Benn Michaels...

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May 7 – Neoliberal Identity 🗓

Walter Benn Michaels (University of Illinois, Chicago) May 7, 2019 10 a.m.-12 noon, Philosophicum I, P109a “The differentiation between left and right neoliberalism doesn’t really undermine the way it which it is deeply unified in its commitment to competitive markets...

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