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

CANCELED // Nov 28 – Whitman’s Sexual Politics 🗓

Russ Castronovo (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA) Nov 28, 2018, 4-6 p.m., P 103 (Philosophicum)   Russ Castronovo is Tom Paine Professor of English and Dorothy Draheim Professor of American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, where he is also...

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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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