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.
OI Projects Receive Funding as Part of New Collaborative Research Center “Human Differentiation” (SFB 1482; DFG) 🗓
DFG (German Research Foundation) approves €10m in funding for a new Collaborative Research Center on "Human Differentiation" (SFB 1482) The Obama Institute proudly confirms its participation in the new Collaborative Reseach Center "Human Differentiation" (SFB 1482),...read more
Dear colleagues,this year the annual conference of the historians within the GAAS/DGfA must move online. We hope you will join us for the meeting on Zoom on February 26, 2021. (Links will be posted here closer to the time of the event.) Conference Program 14:00...read more
Conference Review – Transatlantic Conversations: New and Emerging Approaches to Early American Studies 🗓
The journal Early American Literature (UNC Press) has published a conference review of the Obama Institute's 2018 conference "Transatlantic Conversations: New and Emerging Approaches to Early American Studies". You can access the review in full here: Transatlantic...read more
Jan 20 – Beefcake: Male Bodies, Masculinity, and Community-Building in Pre-Stonewall Gay Magazines (TPC Workshop X) 🗓
Research Group "Transnational Periodical Cultures" Beefcake: Male Bodies, Masculinity, and Community-Building in Pre-Stonewall Gay Magazines (Workshop X) Jan 20, 2021, 4 - 6 p.m., Online (Zoom) Please find below the invitation and Zoom link to access workshop X,...read more
On behalf of the faculty and staff at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, we thank you – our supporters, colleagues, students, and friends – for another successful year filled with meaningful and inspiring...read more
Dec 15: Online Guest Lecture “Claiming ‘The Great Black North’ in Contemporary Short Stories from Canada” 🗓
"Claiming ‘The Great Black North’ in Contemporary Short Stories from Canada" Dr. Nele Sawallisch(Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany) Dec 15, 09:40-11:00, BigBlueButton Free access: https://bbb.rlp.net/b/ern-ciz-knc-2v5(BigBlueButton does not require a...read more