Jan 26 – Exhibition “Intersecting Lives: Life Writing and the U.S. Military in Germany and Beyond” 🗓

Jan 26 – Exhibition “Intersecting Lives: Life Writing and the U.S. Military in Germany and Beyond” 🗓

January 26, 2023
Thu, 14:00-17:00
Landesmuseum Mainz (Forum)

Große Bleiche 49-51, 55116 Mainz

Exhibition

“Intersecting Lives: Life Writing and the U.S. Military in Germany and Beyond”

Die in Deutschland stationierten U.S.-amerikanischen Truppen sind fester Bestandteil der deutschen Nachkriegszeit. Aber wie übersetzt sich politische Realität in das Leben und die Biographie von einzelnen?

Unter dem Stichwort „Intersecting Lives“ betrachtet diese Ausstellung, wie sich deutsche und amerikanische Leben kreuzen. Wie nahm und nimmt die deutsche Bevölkerung das amerikanische Militär wahr? Und wie dachten und denken Angehörige des U.S.-Militärs über ihr Leben in Deutschland?

Die Veranstaltung ist kostenfrei und öffentlich. Everyone welcome!

14:00 Eröffnung | Grußworte | Einführung
Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee (Kursleiterin und Organisatorin der Ausstellung)
Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung (Sprecher des Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies)
Dr. Jörg Zorbach (Ministerium des Innern und für Sport)
Jonathan Jones (Veteran & Former Firefighter)

anschließend Ausstellung Projektarbeiten | Sektempfang

  • Reasons Beyond Patriotism: Why Young People Join the Military
  • Mental Health in the U.S. Military: An Active Duty Major’s Perspective
  • Belonging: Growing up in Military Culture
  • An Intercultural Experience: Life on Different Military Bases Abroad
  • PTSD and the U.S. Military

Die hier ausgestellten studentischen Beiträge beruhen auf einem Projektseminar mit dem Titel „Intersecting Lives: Life Writing and the U.S. Military in Germany and Beyond“, das im WiSe 2022/23 an der Universität Mainz in der Amerikanistik unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee (mita.banerjee@uni-mainz.de) stattfand.

You can download the poster for the exhibition here.

Nov 24 – Obama Lecture with Obama Dissertation Prize & Galinsky Prize 🗓

Nov 24 – Obama Lecture with Obama Dissertation Prize & Galinsky Prize 🗓

Nov. 24, 2022 – 11:00-13.00 – Obama Lecture – Dekanatssaal (ReWi, 03-150)

Please join us for our annual Obama Lecture on Thanksgiving, where we will celebrate 70 years of American Studies at JGU Mainz, with contributions from three professors who helped shape what has eventually become the Obama Institute. In addition, we will learn more about the current management of the USA library collection and award the Obama Dissertation Prize as well as the Galinsky Prize for outstanding student theses.

Everyone is welcome!

Please see the flyer below for details.

Direct Exchange – Info Sessions 2022 for Programs in 2023/24 🗓

Direct Exchange – Info Sessions 2022 for Programs in 2023/24 🗓

On Nov 10 the Obama Institute will hold an info session on its Direct Exchange programs. Please join us in room P 11 (Philosophicum) for more information about the exciting exchange opportunities!

Nov 10, 18:00-20:00 (s.t.)
P 11 (Philosophicum)

Please find all details about the session on the flyer, which is available for download here and on the Exchange page, where you can also browse general information on the programs in order to get a headstart on what your options are and what an application would entail.

Looking forward to talking to you in person on Nov 10, when we will be happy to answer all your questions!

Anne Bull, Simge Büyükgümüş, Nina Heydt, and Julia Velten

Research Colloquiy WS 2022/23 – Periodical Studies

Research Colloquiy WS 2022/23 – Periodical Studies

Where: Mainz Campus, Philosophicum II, Jakob-Welder-Weg 20, room 02-102; Germersheim, An der Hochschule 2, Neubau, room N319

When: 10:30-13:00

Mainz-Campus
9.11.2022 Prof. Dr. Johannes Müller-Lancé (Mannheim)
„Ökonomische Einflüsse auf Textsorten in der Special Interest-Presse“

Germersheim
23.11.2022 Discussion of current work

Lydia Kleinstück 

Michael Lörch

Mainz-Campus
14.12.2022 Melissa Schlecht, MA (Stuttgart)
“Pedagogy of Survivance: Indigenous American Zine-Making as Counter- Hegemonic Practice”

Germersheim
11.01.2022 Discussion of current work

Yasamin Khalighi 

Frank Newton

Mainz Campus
25.01.2023 Prof. Dr. Jens Ruchatz (Marburg)

„Medienkonstellationen der Zeitschrift“

Germersheim
08.02.2023 Magazines and Pop

Dr. Anna Seidel (Innsbruck)
„Illustrierte Stilbildung in den Zeitschriften der Weimarer Republik – einige Stichproben“

PD Dr. Madleen Podewski (Berlin)
„Populärer Illustrierten-Sozialismus in der DDR“

Indigenous Print Cultures, Media, and Literatures 🗓

Indigenous Print Cultures, Media, and Literatures 🗓

Date: July 6-9, 2022
Location: Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Hosted by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies and the Humanities Research Center at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Venues: Atrium Maximum, Campus JGU Helmholtz-Institute Mainz (HIM) Faculty Room, Philosophicum I

We are delighted to welcome you to Mainz in July this year for the “Indigenous Print Cultures, Media, and Literatures” Symposium, co-organized by the Obama Institute at JGU and the Humanities Research Center at VCU. Please find the program below or download it here. Additionally, we are happy to provide maps and directions to help you, e.g., get from the hotel to the venues. Please find the maps below the program or click here to download the maps. Public transportation in Mainz will cost you 1,50€ per short distance trip. Additionally, you can download the conference program here.

We will upload a separate document including WiFi access, setting up speaker/participant accounts, as well current Covid-19 regulations and restrictions soon. If you have any questions, please reach out to Anette Vollrath (anette.vollrath@uni-mainz.de).

If you would like to take a look at the hotels’ websites, please feel free to go to Hotel Königshof or Hotel Hammer.

Program

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 (Atrium Maximum, Campus JGU)

16:00 Registration

17:00 Welcome Reception:

Vice-Presidents for Research JGU, Prof. Dr. Stefan Müller-Stach

Vice President for Research and Innovation, VCU, Dr. P. Srirama Rao

Director of the Obama Institute, Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung

Symposium Organizers, Profs. Cristina Stanciu, Oliver Scheiding

17:45 In-person Keynote Lecture

Chair: Mark Rifkin (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca, Professor of Gender and American Indian Studies, University of California, Los Angele). “Carrying Our Ancestors Home: The Importance of Storytelling, Digital Projects, and Centering Tribal Voices”

18:30 Virtual Keynote Lecture

Gerald Vizenor (UC Berkeley, Emeritus), Waiting for Wovoka: Scenes from a Novel of Good Cheer and Native Hand Puppet Parleys”

19:00 Reception (Atrium Maximum)

Thursday, July 7, 2022 (Venue: Helmholtz-Institute Mainz (HMI))

9:00-10:30 Session 1

Indigenous Print Cultures and Language

Chair: Jutta Ernst (U of Mainz)

Noenoe Silva (UH Manoa): “The Twentieth-Century Hawaiian-Language Newspapers”

Christopher Pexa (U of Minnesota). “‘Bringing the Language Together’: Ochéti Šakówiŋ Pasts and Futures in the Iapi Oaye (The Word Carrier) Newsletter”

Philip Round (U of Iowa): “The Role of Indigenous Languages in the Production of Native Texts/Periodicals at the End of the Nineteenth Century”

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session 2

A Lasting Legacy of Periodicals and Politics

Chair: Mark Rifkin (UNC Greensboro)

Adam Spry (Emerson College), “The Demosthenes of White Earth: Theodore Beaulieu, The Progress, and the Recovery of an Indigenous Intellectual Tradition”

Jill Doerfler (U of Minnesota, Duluth), “‘A Few Honest Words’: Writing for the Anishinaabeg Today in the Twenty-first Century”

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:45-15:15 Session 3

Boarding School Publications

Chair: Cristina Stanciu (Virginia Commonwealth U) and Frank Newton (U of Mainz)

Lionel Larré (Université Bordeaux-Montaigne), “A Magazine not only About Indians, but Mainly by Indians: Native Representations in the Carlisle Publications at the Beginning of the 20th Century”

Frank Newton (U of Mainz), “Indigenous Dialogues: Early 20th Century Native American Discourse in Boarding School Publications”

Jane Griffith (Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, Canada), “Nineteenth Century Printing Programs and Indian Boarding Schools: What Archival Newspapers Reveal About Settler Colonialism Today” (Zoom)

15:15-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-17:00 Session 4

Indigenous New Media and Literature

Chair: Philip Round (U of Iowa)

Bethany Hughes (U of Michigan), Little Chahta News Bird: Biskinik and Twitter as Sovereign Spaces”

Dallas Hunt (U of British Columbia). “The Archive in Conflict: The Contours of Resource Extraction Literatures in Canada”

17:30-18:30 Keynote Lecture (Zoom)

Chair: Chadwick Allen (U of Washington)

Beth Piatote (UC Berkeley): “The Indigenous Archive and The Beadworkers: Stories

19:15 Reception (City Hall, Mayor-Mainz)

Friday, July 8, 2022 (Venue: Helmholtz-Institute Mainz (HMI))

9:00-10:30 Session 5 

Indigenous Writing, Rights, and Activism

Chair: Matt Bokovoy (U of Nebraska Press)

Cari M. Carpenter (West Virginia University), “‘What the Curious Want to Know’: Ora Eddleman Reed Advising Land Development and Rejecting Racial Stereotypes in Indian Territory”

Cristina Stanciu (Virginia Commonwealth U), “Gender and the Editors of the Indian Boarding School Press”

Miranda Johnson (U of Otago, New Zealand), “Indigenous Writing, Indigenous Rights: Activisms in the Post-War South Pacific”

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session 6

Progressive Era Indigenous Periodicals and Magazines

Chair: Frank Newton (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz)

Jonathan Radocay (UC Davis), “California Indian Paper Routes: Winnemem Wintu Futures in Progressive-Era Periodicals”

René Dietrich (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt), “Literary Sovereignty and the Politics of Indigenous Anthologies

12:30-13:45 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session 7 

Indigenous Printscapes and Indigeneity

Chair: Oliver Scheiding (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz)

Kathryn Walkiewicz (UC, San Diego), “Indigenous Printscapes: Media Culture in Late Nineteenth-Century Indian Territory”

Frank Kelderman (U of Louisville), “Children’s Pages, Indigenous Writing: Reframing Labor, Learning, and Leisure, 1880-1913”

Mark Rifkin (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), “Indians Gone ‘Wild’: The Politics of Ethnographic Form in Zitkala-Ša’s Stories”

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 Session 8

Project Presentations: Indigenous Modernities

Chair: Chris Andersen (U of Alberta)

Kirby Brown (U of Oregon, Eugene), Co-editor of the Routledge Handbook to North American Indigenous Modernisms(2022)

Oliver Scheiding (U of Mainz), Editor of Anthology Project: “Indigenous Periodicals: American Indian Newspapers and Magazines, 1880-1930”

Chadwick Allen (U of Washington Seattle), “Canoeing the Whale: Fred Graham’s Te Waiata o the Moana-nui-a-Kiwaat the Burke Museum(s)”

19:00-23:00 Dinner at “Strausswirtschaft Peter Dohm, Mainz” (Vinery Peter Dohm). Local transportation will be provided. http://winzerfamilie-peter-dhom.de

Saturday, July 9, 2022 (Venue: Faculty Room, Philosophicum I)

10:00-11:00 Final Discussion, Roundtable 

Chadwick Allen, Cari Carpenter, Mishuana Goeman, Mark Rifkin, Philip Round, Oliver Scheiding

Maps (Hotels, Campus, Venues)

Map 1: Mainz Central Station to Hotel Hammer / Hotel Königshof

Map 2: Mainz Central Station to Mainz University Campus

Map 3: Mainz University Campus and Symposium Venues

Fig. 1: Venues: Atrium Maximum (top left), Philosophicum I (top right), Helmholtz-Institute (bottom)

Research Summer 2022

Research Summer 2022

The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies welcomes several internationally renowned scholars in the summer term of 2022. Please join us for their contributions to our course and research program!

May 9
2–4pm, P3, Philosophicum I

Imagined Pasts: Historical Thinking and Black Immigrants
Herman L. Bennett,
City University of New York

May 10
2–4pm, 01-6182–4pm, P5, Philosophicum I

Ethnic Formation Now and the Problem with the Past 
Herman L. Bennet, City University of New York

4–6pm, P 205, Philosophicum I

Visual Arts as Research: Examples from the Studio
Ruth Stanford, Georgia State University, Atlanta

May 16
2-4pm, P3, Philosophicum I

Leaving America: Emigrant Culture When the Dream Is Over 
Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera, Universidad de Puerto Rico-Mayagüez 

May 17
10am–12pm, P106, Philosophicum I

Juanita Harrison’s “Great, Wide, Beautiful World”
Cathryn Halverson, Minot State University, North Dakota

2–4pm, P5, Philosophicum I

On the Puertoricanization of U.S. Higher Education
Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera, Universidad de Puerto Rico-Mayagüez

May 24
12–2pm, P207, Philosophicum I

From Lemonade to Homecoming: Beyoncé’s Spatial Politics
Patricia Coloma Peñate, Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia

4–6pm, P205, Philosophicum I

The Phenomenology of Heinrich Sisstrunk: A Portrait of a First Settler in the New World
Patricia Coloma Peñate, Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia

June 13
2–4pm, P3, Philosophicum I

The Muslims Are (Always) Coming!: How Religion as a Category of Analysis Complicates American Immigration Narratives
Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

June 14
2–4pm, P5, Philosophicum I

“It don’t Gitmo better than this”: Why Guantanamo Bay May Be the Best Worst Place for Understanding Transnational American Studies
Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

6–8pm, Online (Zoom, click here for access) Meeting ID: 894 5748 9483 Code: 185247

U.S. Regional Vision and Politics
Wade Turvold, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawai’i

June 15
12–2pm, 14SR01, BKM

Bonds of War: How Civil War Financial Agents Sold the World on the Union
David K. Thomson, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut

You can find a poster overview of all events here.