Journal Article

9.11 in Sweden: Commemoration at Electronic Sites of Memory

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Abstract

During the ten years that have passed since the mediated terrorist attacks in the United States on 9.11, 2001, they have become—through instant historicization as well as endless repetitions—stable points of reference for transnational collective memory. Focalizing the anniversaries of September 11, 2002 and 2011, on Swedish television, this article pursues how the medium annually commemorates the tragedy. Fusing television research with memory studies, the argument is that we may approach the anniversaries as an electronic “lieu de mémorie”: a material-symbolic space reappropriated annually as media become vehicles for “working through” in commemoration, mourning, debate, and critique. Despite the fragmentation of both television and collective memory in the context of digitalization, on the anniversaries, Swedish television promotes itself as a central “nucleus” for connectivity offering viewers a return to the traumatic site—to the television set—while interpellating them as a “global we,” of media witnesses.

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  • Type:
    Journal Article (peer reviewed)
  • Journal:
    Television and New Media, Vol 15, Issue 4.
  • Pages:
    1-21
  • Published:
    2012
  • Language:
    English
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About the Author

Amanda Lagerkvist

Amanda Lagerkvist is an Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies and Wallenberg Academy Fellow in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University. . With a PhD from Stockholm University in 2005, she had a two-year postdoc the... Read more

Reference

Lagerkvist, A. (2012). 9.11 in Sweden: Commemoration at Electronic Sites of Memory. Television and New Media, 15(4), pp. 1-21. doi: 10.1177/1527476412457996.