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.
Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies
University of Mainz
+49 6131 39-22357
+49 6131 39-22146
As Americans celebrated the 4th of July, so too did the Obama Institute. Festivities began at noon with a lecture by Dr. David Sirakov, Director of the Atlantic Academy. Faculty and students were at hand in the afternoon to answer questions about posters showcasing...read more
July 11 – The Varieties of American Patriotism: Domestic Conflict over U.S. Foreign Policy from Munich to Korea 🗓
Michaela Hoenicke Moore (University of Iowa)
July 11, 4-6 p.m., SB II 01-531
July 12 – The Trump Presidency in Historical Perspective: Does America’s Political System Still Work? 🗓
Sean Theriault (University of Texas, Austin)
July 12, 10-12 a.m., P3 (Philosophicum)
Presented by the Department of Political Science and the US General Consulate, Frankfurt.
July 11 – Surveying American Late Modernism: Partisan Review and the Cultural Politics of the Questionnaire 🗓
Ian Afflerbach (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta) July 11, 2017, 2-4 p.m., P 208 In 1939, Philip Rahv and William Phillips, editors of Partisan Review, attempted to map “The Situation in American Writing” by sending a questionnaire to some of the nation’s...read more
The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies invites you to an original Fourth of July celebration in the spirit of Independence and the legacy of President Barack Obama. Two eminent speakers, Dr. David Sirakov, Director of the Atlantic Academy, and Prof....read more
June 29 – Retrieving the Extinguished: Poems from an Assimilated Jewish American Connecting to her Jewish German Past 🗓
6 p.m., Fakultätssaal (Philosophicum)
Ulrich Adelt (University of Wyoming) June 29, 2017, 6 p.m., P 106 This talk will engage discourses of popular music and transnationalism to discuss Krautrock, West German electronic music and rock from the 1970s. Groups such as Can, Neu!, Faust and Kraftwerk blended...read more
June 27 – Collapse or Triumph? A Sixty-Year Assessment of the Modern American Conservative Movement.
Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (Loyola University) June 27, 2017, 4 p.m., SB II 01-531 What is the state of US conservatism? Arguably, the conservative movement has been one of the most powerful and successful uprisings in twentieth-century American history and perhaps the...read more
June 26 – The Plantation Machine: Atlantic Capitalism in French Saint Domingue and British Jamaica, 1748-1788
Trevor Burnard (The University of Melbourne, Australia) June 26, 2017, 6 p.m., Fakultätssaal (Philosophicum) Jamaica and Saint Domingue were two wildly successful but socially monstrous slave societies. In the years between 1748 and 1788 these societies—based upon a...read more