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OI Projects Receive Funding as Part of New Collaborative Research Center “Human Differentiation” (SFB 1482; DFG) 🗓

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), which has recently been approved for funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The Center will be established in July 2021 with an initial funding period of four years and potential renewals for up to twelve years.

The Center brings together a multitude of different research areas from the Social and Cultural Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (JGU) in order to explore categories of human differentiation. It will also build and establish a theoretical framework for the analysis of processes of categorization. 

Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee, Prof. Dr. Axel Schäfer, and Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheiding of the Obama Institute will each be leading a project group within the CRC:

  • “Successful Aging: Best Agers at the Intersection between Differentiating Age and Achievement” (TP A04 Banerjee)
  • “Curated Bodies: Aesthetic Human Categorization and Bodily Differentiation in Magazines” (TP A06 Scheiding)
  • “Migration and Welfare States in the USA: Global and National Dynamics in Bureaucratic Human Differentiation” (TP B06 Schäfer)

For more details, please see the JGU and DFG press releases:

Happy Holidays! 🗓

Happy Holidays! 🗓

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 projects, alas, pursued under Corona conditions.

We look forward to collaborating with you, hopefully in person, in 2021 and wish you and your loved ones:
Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year!

The Executive Board of the Obama Institute

(Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta Ernst, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Axel Schäfer, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheiding)

 

Dec 15: Online Guest Lecture “Claiming ‘The Great Black North’ in Contemporary Short Stories from Canada” 🗓

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
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Canada’s popular moniker of “the Great White North” has long exceeded its reference to the land of ice and snow, assuming another metaphorical meaning in the context of the country’s demographic. Despite the adoption of an official policy of multiculturalism in the latter half of the 20th century, to immigrant populations as well as BIPoC in Canada, the country has often proven less than welcoming both in diachronic and synchronic perspectives. This talk therefore considers short fiction by Black Canadian and second-generation Black authors that negotiates the intersections of Blackness, Canada, and belonging. On the one hand, their short stories posit experiences of discrimination and racism as facts in the daily lives of BIPoC in Canada despite its professions of a tolerant multicultural society. On the other hand, the authors also appropriate and claim Canada’s geography to map histories, presents, and futures of a “Great Black North” that “remix[es]” (Mason-John and Cameron 2014) Canada’s story as we know it.

Dr. Nele Sawallisch works as a senior lecturer in American Studies at Catholic University Eichstätt- Ingolstadt, Germany. Her first monograph Fugitive Borders: Black Canadian Cross-Border Literature at Mid-Nineteenth Century (transcript, 2019) discusses community-building processes and genealogies in autobiographical writing by formerly enslaved men from the 1850s in the North American borderland between the United States and Canada.

You can download the poster here.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you (electronically) at the lecture!

Nov 14-21 + Nov 19: On-demand Film Screening + Talk and Q&A with filmmaker Yehuda Sharim (UC Merced) 🗓

Nov 14-21 + Nov 19: On-demand Film Screening + Talk and Q&A with filmmaker Yehuda Sharim (UC Merced) 🗓

Watch Songs That Never End (2019) on-demand
Nov. 14-21 (register on eventbrite)

Talk with filmmaker Yehuda Sharim
Nov. 19, 6 pm CET (on BigBlueButton)

 

The Obama Institute is hosting a week-long on-demand film screening (Nov 14-21, https://obamainstitute.eventbrite.com) of Yehuda Sharim’s documentary film Songs that Never End (2019). Part of a trilogy, with Seeds of All Things, Songs that Never End offers a lyrical, poetic, and intimate portrayal of the emotional histories tied to displacement and immigration.

LOGLINE
Having fled their home in Iran, the Dayan family is greeted in Houston with hurricanes and perilous politics. Nine-year-old Hana is bold and brilliant and struggles to be heard while her family comes to grips with life in the sprawling Texan metropolis, constantly reaching out to all that is gone but is still here: a hunger for the future, and songs about a kind world.

In addition, the filmmaker has kindly agreed to be available for an online talk and Q&A session (Nov 19, 18:00, https://bbb.rlp.net/b/pli-yvk-y8a-lot) about his film.

Come join us and share your questions and thoughts on the film or simply listen to the discussion!

For more details and all links to the event, please see or download the poster here or click on the image below.

www.songsthatneverend.com
www.sharimstudio.com

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Direct Exchange – Info Sessions 2020 for Programs in 2021/22 🗓

Direct Exchange – Info Sessions 2020 for Programs in 2021/22 🗓

On Nov 11 the Obama Institute will hold info sessions on its Direct Exchange programs. Please join us on BigBlueButton for more information about the exciting exchange opportunities!

Nov 11, 6-7 p.m.
Universities Group A (https://bbb.rlp.net/b/mee-xih-fuc-v4k)

Nov 11, 7-8 p.m.
Universities Group B (https://bbb.rlp.net/b/vel-uyc-szp-ypo)

Please find all details regarding each session on the flyer, which is available for download here and on the Exchange page.

Looking forward to seeing you online!

Anne Bull, Sandra Meerwein, Nina Heydt, and Julia Velten

Oct 22: Online Talk/Film Screening with Yehuda Sharim (UC Merced) 🗓

Oct 22: Online Talk/Film Screening with Yehuda Sharim (UC Merced) 🗓

“We & We: Cinema of Two”

Oct. 22, 7pm, BigBlueButton

https://bbb.rlp.net/b/pli-yvk-y8a-lot

We would very much like to invite you to the virtual guest lecture by Prof. Yehuda Sharim (UC Merced). Prof. Sharim is an accomplished scholar, a professor in film and performance studies, as well as an award-winning film director. His films provide alternative visions on migration, transnational mobility, class and cultural belonging. He will especially speak about and screen excerpts from his recent films, Songs that Never End (2019) and Seeds of All Things (2018).

For more details and the link to the event, please see or download the poster here.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you (electronically) at the lecture!

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