This spring semester, Margot Bouman will be teaching a new university lecture course, 9-11 Revisited. It begins from the supposition that enough time may have elapsed for a full and considered look at the culture and politics of “9-11”.
With the election of the Obama government in late 2008, it seems that a natural break has occurred between the immediate aftermath of the events that occurred on September 11, 2001–the almost-simultaneous destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City, attack on the Pentagon, and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Stonycreek Township in Pennsylvania–and the present. It also asks: in the last ten years, what has been forgotten? How has history been manufactured? What is being remembered, and why? And how?
Lectures for this interdisciplinary ULEC will be drawn from history, political science, media studies, design studies and visual culture studies. Sample topics include memorials and memorialization, the nature of conspiracy theories, the relationship between design and catastrophe, and the influence of “9-11” on popular culture