Experiential and immersive installations allow visitors to the 9/11 Memorial Museum to empathically remember an event they have no first-hand experience of. Discuss.
Case Study: 9/11
– Case Study
You will be required to deploy key theoretical perspectives discussed in the course in an analysis of a case study. You can choose to develop theoretical material already discussed in the first essay, but you must not recycle this material. The case study can deal with any of the key themes and issues explored in the course – but the discussion and analysis must be anchored the question of how different media forms influence and shape the way we remember or how concepts of memory are influenced by their mediatedness. Choice of subject matter will be open to you, but this should be agreed with the lecturer beforehand.
– Media forms and technologies, such as photography or film, provide the frameworks for how we experience the world, remember and communicate our memories to others. They influence how memories are recorded, preserved and passed on. They provide not only changing metaphors for how we envisage the workings of memory, they also shape our memories and influence the ways in which individuals and groups understand their pasts. These understandings inform policies, politics, and the performance of identity, laying the foundation for future interpretations and understandings.
Garde-Hansen, Joanne (2011) Media and Memory, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pages 50-69.
King, Geoff (2005) ‘”Just Like the Movies”? 9/11 and Hollywood Spectacle’, The Spectacle of the Real. From Hollywood to ‘Reality’ TV and Beyond, edited by Geoff King, Bristol: Intellect Books, pages 47-58.
Smelik, Anneke (2010) ‘Mediating Memories. The Ethics of Post-9/11 Spectatorship’, Arcadia 45/2: 307-325.
Simpson, David (2006) 9/11: The Culture of Commemoration. Chicago: Chicago UP.
Neiger, Motti, Oren Meyers and Eyal Zandberg eds. (2011) On Media Memory. Collective Memory in a New Media Age. Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
– Radio: Twin Towers: A Memorial in Sound (BBC Radio 4, 2002) – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2225561.stm
Museum: 9/11 Memorial Museum – http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/05/14/arts/design/September-11-Memorial-Museum.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=1
Haskins, Ekaterina (2007) ‘Between Archive and Participation: Public Memory in a Digital Age’, Rhetoric Society Quarterly 37: 401-422.
Henning, Michelle (2006) Museums, Media and Cultural Theory. New York: Open University Press.
World Trade Center (2006, dir. Oliver Stone)
– Academic Writing
– Referencing System: The Harvard System