“Africans, Americans, and Colonial Germany” Symposium, Apr. 29, 2022

“Africans, Americans, and Colonial Germany” Symposium, Apr. 29, 2022


Africans, Americans, and Colonial Germany

An online symposium on Zoom (use meeting code 207060)

April 29, 2022

The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies organizes a symposium on the heritage of Colonial Germany and the presence of people of African descent in German society. This trilateral investigation ranges from Germany to Africa, America and back, addresses the German engagement in the slavery trade and the institution of slavery, the violent effects of colonization still felt on site and visible in the spoils on display in the museums, and the systemic discrimination of Black people. Fellows of the Obama Institute, former and present colleagues will present aspects of their current research involving the relations between Namibia and Germany, the racist treatment of Africans, African Americans and Afro-Germans and the legacy of German colonialism in the Pacific.

We welcome Ruth Stanford (Georgia State University, USA), Heike Raphael-Hernandez (University of Würzburg, Germany), Herman Bennett (City University of New York, USA), Pia Wiegmink (University of Bonn, Germany) and a student presentation by Ahngeli Shivam (University of Mainz, Germany).

Download the poster with program here.

“Heroes in Print: Media Representations and Changing Frames of Heroism” Symposium, Mar. 4-5, 2022

“Heroes in Print: Media Representations and Changing Frames of Heroism” Symposium, Mar. 4-5, 2022




Heroes in Print: Media Representation and Changing Frames of Heroism

An Online Symposium organized by

Simge Büyükgümüs (Obama Institute for Transnational Periodical Studies)

March 4-5, 2022

The symposium “Heroes in Print: Media Representations and Changing Frames of Heroism” aims to create an open-discussion space for people who’s study heroism – from aspects of psychology, literature, history, or media studies – and people who contribute to the creations or representations of heroes through media or social organizations. As an initiative of the Obama Institute for Transnational Periodical Studies, magazine and print representations of frames regarding heroism will be highlighted through the involvement of magazine editors and organization directors. Their contributions to the ionization of heroes, whether human or non-human agents, will be viewed through an academic viewpoint that considers the historical, psychological and philosophical aspects of the creation and maintenance of heroic ideals. Changes in the heroic images during the Covid-19 pandemic are most welcome to be involved and scrutinized in the presentations so as to be able to capture the most recent undulations in heroic ideals.


We welcome Prof. Dr. Scott T. Allison (University of Richmond, USA), Prof. Dr. Barbara Korte (University of Flensburg, Germany) and Prof. Dr. Simon Wendt (Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany) as frontier names in Heroism Studies.

Additionally, we look forward to contributions from:

Burnt Roti Magazine (UK) – https://www.burntroti.com/about

The Heroic Imagination Project (USA) – https://www.heroicimagination.org/

My Hero Project (USA) – https://myhero.com/about

Download the program and the poster here.

Historians of the GAAS/DGfA Annual Conference, 2021: “Labor History” (Online Event)

Historians of the GAAS/DGfA Annual Conference, 2021: “Labor History” (Online Event)

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 CET

14:30–16:00 CET
Julie Greene
“Workers of the World: U.S. Empire, Class, and Capitalism
followed by responses by Andreas Etges and Mischa Honeck

(15 minute break)

16:15–17:45 CET
Eileen Boris
“Neither Free Nor Slave: Migrant Domestic Workers, The Employment Agency, and Reproductive Labor Under Capitalism

followed by responses by Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson and Silke Hackenesch

(15 minute break)

18:00–19:30 CET
Business Meeting

Login Information (For keynotes only. The business meeting will be held for eligible members, who have received separate communication about it.)

Time: 26. Feb., 2021, 02:30 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rom, Stockholm, Wien

Enter meeting here:


Meeting-ID: 951 0300 4782

Meeting code: 767100

June 20-23 – Conference “Cultures of Medicine” & Workshop “Narrative Medicine” 🗓

June 20-23 – Conference “Cultures of Medicine” & Workshop “Narrative Medicine” 🗓

The Obama Institute and the “Narrative Medicine” program at Columbia University, New York invite everyone to a conference (June 20 & 21) and a workshop (June 22 & 23) on “Cultures of Medicine” and “Narrative Medicine” (co-organized with the Center of Continuing Education at JGU).

For the full schedule, further details, and registration, please visit zww.uni-mainz.de/tagungen-und-workshops/narrative-medicine/.

You can also download the flyer here.

Conference participation is free of charge.
For remission or reimbursement of the workshop fee, please contact Prof. Banerjee.

Feb 7 – Symposium: International Perspectives on American Art 🗓

Feb 7 – Symposium: International Perspectives on American Art 🗓

International Perspectives on American Art

Symposium hosted by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies and the Art History Department, Johannes Gutenberg University
The symposium, International Perspectives on American Art, brings together scholars from the United States and Europe, from university departments of American Studies, Art History, Literature, and from museum curatorial positions, that are presently engaged in exploring American art within a broad context. Seeking to stimulate interdisciplinary exchange, the symposium is an opportunity to explore the reception and perception of American art outside of the United States in museum exhibitions, research, and in the academic classroom.
February 7, 2019

Helmholtz Institute Mainz
Staudingerweg 18
55128 Mainz

Conference Room 1395-00-133/135 (Ground Floor), 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

In November of 2018, an ambitious exhibition on American art opened at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Foundation Corboud in Cologne, Once Upon a Time in America: Three Centuries of American Art. On display in the galleries are over 100 loans of paintings, works on paper, and sculpture from American collections, the majority of which have never been on view in a German museum. It introduces to a primarily German audience important and well-known art objects from the 1700s to the mid-twentieth century, focusing on select periods that influenced and shaped art in America.

This exhibition, in addition to a number of other more focused thematic exhibits held recently in Germany, such as Constructing the World: Art and Economy (Mannheim Kunsthalle, 2018-2019) and From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modernism (Museum Barberini, 2017), highlights the strong interest found outside of the United States in understanding and interpreting past and modern American culture through visual material.



Dr. Christian Berger, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz/The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Prof. Dr. Winfried Fluck, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Prof. Dr. Ursula Frohne, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Eleanor Harvey, Ph.D., Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Anna O. Marley, Ph.D., Curator of Historical American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Susanne Scharf, M.A., Frankfurt am Main

A detailed program is available on the conference website.

Through the generosity of the Terra Foundation for American Art, stipends are available for early career scholars and students at all stages of academic study enrolled in German universities to help offset travel costs to and from the symposium. Only early career scholars and university students living outside of Mainz and Wiesbaden are eligible. To be considered, please submit a statement of 500 words explaining your interest in American art and the symposium. Email the application by 18 January to allstagg@uni-mainz.de; successful applicants will be notified by 22 January.


Title image: George Caleb Bingham, American, 1811–1879; The Wood-Boat, 1850; oil on canvas mounted on board; 25 1/8 in. × 30 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase 14:1951

This symposium is made possible through support from the