Pathfinders Wanted! Independent Studies/Internship Opportunity (July-Dec) 🗓

Pathfinders Wanted! Independent Studies/Internship Opportunity (July-Dec) 🗓

Internship/Independent Studies


July – December, 2023

We are looking for

students who will assist incoming exchange students from the U.S. in all organizational matters prior to their stay and during their first weeks in Germany.

Your tasks will include

helping our exchange students to:

  • apply for a visa
  • find their way around Mainz and JGU campus • set up a bank account and health insurance
  • register with the city
  • get a sim card

You will also:

  • accompany incomings to JGU’s International Office’s Info Days and other JGU events
  • help with course registration paperwork
  • introduce them to student life in Mainz
It’s your chance to receive

credit for Independent Studies in the American Studies B.A./M.A. program as well as an official certificate. While there is no credit opportunity, B.Ed./M.Ed. Students are also very welcome to apply.

You are the perfect Pathfinder

if you are highly motivated, organized, and eager to contribute to a smooth process for our incoming students. In order to provide the necessary support, we ask applicants to be ready to accompany the process from July to December.

How to apply

Please send your application, including a CV and a letter of motivation to both
Dr. Julia Velten ( and Nina Heydt, M.A. (


June 15, 2023

June 20 – Guest Lecture “The Racial Sellout: Language, History, and Popular Culture” 🗓

June 20 – Guest Lecture “The Racial Sellout: Language, History, and Popular Culture” 🗓

Associate Professor Ian Afflerbach
(University of North Georgia, USA)

The Racial Sellout: Language, History, and Popular Culture

June 20, 2023, 4:15pm, 00.212 (Philo II, Jakob-Welder-Weg 20)


What does it mean to “sell out” your race? This talk will examine the history of such accusations in the United States, moving from early 20th century debates over black leadership to contemporary scandals in popular culture. It will explain why ideas about racial “authenticity” and “solidarity” are so controversial, yet so vital. And it will explore both the unique language used to identify race traitors, such as “Uncle Tom” and “house Negro,” as well as the ways this anxiety about racial loyalty reflects a broader American anxiety with the idea of “selling out.”

Ian Afflerbach is Associate Professor of American Literature at the University of North Georgia, where his research and teaching focus on the history of ideas, modernist studies, African American literature, and popular periodicals. He recently completed his first book, Making Liberalism New (Johns Hopkins 2021) and has begun work on a second project—a cultural history of “selling out” in modern America. He is currently a fellow at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

You can download the poster for the event here.


June 18 – Interstellar – Ein Menschlicher Blick auf das Universum 🗓

June 18 – Interstellar – Ein Menschlicher Blick auf das Universum 🗓

„Interstellar – Ein Menschlicher Blick auf das Universum“

Filmvorführung und Gespräch im Rahmen der Reihe „Akademie Trifft Kino im Wissenschaftsjahr ‚Unser Universum‘“

Am Sonntag, den 18. Juni 2023, 15.30 Uhr, zeigen wir im CAPITOL Mainz Christopher Nolans Kinofilm „Interstellar“ mit Matthew McConaughey und Anne Hathaway, in dem es u.a. darum geht, wie ein künftiges Leben im Weltall aussehen könnte. Doch wie viel Wissenschaft steckt sich hinter der spannenden und spektakulären Handlung des Science-Fiction-Filmes? Und was sagt dieser Blick auf das Universum über die Menschheit? 

Der Amerikanist Dr. Jens Temmen und der Physiker Prof. Dr. Matthias Neubert erörtern in einem einführenden Gespräch diese und andere Fragen.

Die Vorführung wird von der Jungen Akademie | Mainz in Kooperation mit Prisma+ und dem CAPITOL organisiert. Eintrittskarten sind zum Sonderpreis von 7,- € an der Kinokasse erhältlich, nähere Informationen:

June 14 – Reading: FAMILY MATTERS – Of Life in Two Worlds 🗓

June 14 – Reading: FAMILY MATTERS – Of Life in Two Worlds 🗓

FAMILY MATTERS – Of Life in Two Worlds

A Reading with American Studies Mainz Alumna Martina J. Kohl

Co-organized by the Obama Institute and the Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz

June 14, 6 pm
P 4 (Philosophicum)

Jakob-Welder-Weg 18, Mainz

FAMILY MATTERS follows the traces of a German family that, over generations, continues to cross the Atlantic in both directions. Like Elizabeth and Henry who, at the beginning of the 20th century, are forced to leave their beloved New York to return to the old country; the violinist Clara who can only live her passion for music in the American of the suffragettes; the war bride Toni, who courageously follows a G.I. to Nebraska after World War II; and, finally, the student Iris who is trying to find her place in both worlds in the 1980s. Looking back, they all ask the same question:  „What if . . . ?”  What if they had not gone to America, or back to the old country? If they had not fallen in love? What if they had taken that other road and pursued their dreams a bit more forcefully?

FAMILY MATTERS takes ordinary, yet memorable characters out of the yellowed pictures in the photo albums, gives them a voice and places them in their own time. Martina J. Kohl revives the past. She shows that today cannot be understood without the yesterday. And that migration, uprooting and the search for belonging are universal themes.

Martina J. Kohl worked in the Cultural Section of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany, for many years. She developed and organized numerous programs, but especially loved the literature series. Writing has been a passion ever since she taught at the University of Michigan. It is part of her seminars that she teaches regularly at Humboldt University Berlin and defined her work as editor of the American Studies Journal. As an advisory board member of the Salzburg Global American Studies Program, she continues to engage in transatlantic dialogue. Among her academic publications, FAMILY MATTERS is her first book-length fictional work.

May 16 – Guest Lecture Germersheim: “Margaret Atwood’s Venture into Graphic Novels” 🗓

May 16 – Guest Lecture Germersheim: “Margaret Atwood’s Venture into Graphic Novels” 🗓

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Johanna Glaser (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

May 16, 2023, 9:40am, N.106 (Stufenhörsaal)

“Margaret Atwood’s Venture into Graphic Novels: The Angel Catbird Trilogy and the War Bears Series”

Professor Glaser’s research focus is in Canadian Studies, Globalization and Transcultural Literature, Postcolonial Studies as well as 18th-Century Literature and Culture. Her publications include the co- edited volumes Shifting Grounds: Cultural Tectonics along the Pacific Rim (2020) and Transgressions / Transformations: Literature and Beyond (2018). Since February 2021, she has been the president of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries.

You can download the poster for this talk here.

“One University – One Book” Shared Reading of THE WHALE RIDER 🗓

“One University – One Book” Shared Reading of THE WHALE RIDER 🗓

This summer term, all members of JGU – students, teachers, administrative staff – are invited to come together to immerse themselves into Witi Ihimaera’s novel The Whale Rider. The book tells the story of Kahu, the daughter of a respectable Māori family, who struggles to take her place in the iwi (tribe) and win the love and respect of her grandfather, the chief of the iwi. It is a story of rejection and reconciliation, of tradition and renewal – and last but not least, it is a story of the deep connection between humans and nature. The plot seems familiar and yet wants to be read in its very own Māori traditions.

To foster cross-cultural exchange about the novel at our university and beyond, we have planned a number of events: a hybrid lecture series (Wednesdays from 08:00 pm to 9:30 pm (CET), starting April 26th; PDF), Q&As with experts from Mainz and New Zealand, a screening and discussion of Niki Caro’s 2002 film adaptation of the novel, several social (digital) exchange formats including a “New Zealand-week” at the university canteen. The project, which received an award from the Stifterverband and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as part of the “One University – One Book” program, welcomes you all to embark on a multidisciplinary exploration of New Zealand life and literature in times of critical debates about postcolonialism, decolonization and climate change.

Read with us – Get creative – Share your ideas > Check out the program