The events that unfolded on the morning of September 11, 2001 have been documented in nearly every form of media. Interpretation, memory and eye-witness accounts of all types have begun to find different modes of representation. To consider this body of work that has emerged as documentation from the event of September 11 and itʼs ongoing affects is to begin to understand the ways in which they were created with the intention of remembrance. They function as an archive for both memorialization and as a narrative for understanding the event as it exists in a historical lens and how it continues to evolve in the contemporary moment. Imagining an archive for September 11 is contentious due to itʼs political and cultural connotations but also because of the widespread impact and the number of people influenced by the event itself. I hope to explore the complexities of this body of work through three entry points: what kinds of narratives are being documented and made available, how traditional understandings of the archive has influenced the ongoing work of documenting the narratives of 9/11 and what can be learned from these projects regarding 9/11 and their connection to memory and the archive.
This piece was originally written for CONFLICT: Crossing the Boundaries, Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in 2011, held at SUNY Binghamton. If you are interested in reading the rest of the piece, please contact me.
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