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 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...read more
Hsuan L. Hsu (University of California, Davis, USA) May 14, 2019 10 a.m.-12 noon, Philosophicum I, P 109a This talk will consider how racial and geographical disparities inflect dystopian representations of environmental risk. Drawing from literary and performative...read more
May 14 – Why Do 45 Million Americans Owe $ 1.5 Trillion in Student Loans? The Origins of America’s Student Loan Crisis 🗓
Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (Loyola University Chicago) May 14, 2019 4 p.m.–6 p.m. (c.t.), Philosophicum I, P207 Why do more than 44 million Americans now owe almost $1.5 trillion in student loans? Many want to blame the banks. But lenders actually fought the Senators,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more