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.
Call for Papers Transcending Boundaries – Interdisciplinary Insights in Transpacific Studies ***EXTENDED DEADLINE: 20 September 2023*** Transpacific Studies Network Hybrid Conference February 9-10, 2024 Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes...read more
July 11 – Guest Lecture “Sweet Jesus: How Evangelicalism Became the Religion of Industrial Agriculture, and How It Might Help End It” 🗓
Chad Seales (University of Texas at Austin) "Sweet Jesus: How Evangelicalism Became the Religion of Industrial Agriculture, and How It Might Help End It" July 11, 2023, 4:15pm, Fakultätssaal 01-185 (Philosophicum) This talk will be held as part of the seminar “Thesis...read more
On June 19, 2023, Obama Institute Advisory Board Member Dr. Elizabeth West (Georgia State University) appeared on OneWorld CNN with Zain Asher: https://twitter.com/zainasher/status/1670885090656649217?s=12read more
June 29, 2023Thu, 14:00-16:30Landesmuseum Mainz (Forum) Große Bleiche 49-51, 55116 Mainz Exhibition "Migration and Graphic Fiction" Comic-Romane oder „Graphic Fiction“ gelten heute längst als ernstzunehmende Literatur. Aber wie verändert sich unsere Wahrnehmung von...read more
July 5 – Guest Lecture “Love and Debt: The Product Red Campaign and the Racial Dynamics of Neoliberal Religion” 🗓
Chad Seales(University of Texas at Austin) "Love and Debt: The Product Red Campaign and the Racial Dynamics of Neoliberal Religion" July 5, 2023, 12:15pm, P 203 (Philosophicum) This talk will be held as part of the seminar “Abundant America.” Chad Seales is Associate...read more
4th of July Events at the Obama Institute July 4, 2023, 4-8 p.m., P1 & Philo-Wiese (Philosophicum) What might the 4th of July mean to Americans and foreigners in general and especially in 2023? From insights into the U.S. Senate’s social fabric to an “American Way...read more