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9/11 - Ten Years After, Looking Ahead

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"9/11 - Ten Years After, Looking Ahead," a three-day international symposium, took place from September 8-11, 2011 at the Universitätsclub Bonn.

Our discussions pondered the degree to which "9|11," the widely accepted code for a supposed historical turning point, has effected political and social transformations, and whether it has made us think differently about a whole array of socioeconomic and cultural processes and practices. Taking 9|11 as our point of departure, we nonetheless resisted relegating the continuities between pre- and post-9|11 cultures to the periphery of our attention. Instead of commemorating the terrorist attacks, we asked how the insistent public focus on 9/11 and the “war on terror” has tended to marginalize other economic, ecological, and political effects of globalization. Our debates thus aimed to “look ahead” and reappraise the global role of the United States in the second decade of the twenty-first century.

The symposium engaged scholars who challenge dominant perspectives on 9|11 from new directions, among them Bernd Greiner (Hamburg Institute for Social Research), Yvonne Haddad (Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University), and Andreas Falke (International Studies, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg). In addition to fourteen papers presented in four workshops, the symposium featured two panel discussions as well as an artist’s talk with Christoph Faulhaber whose work has provocatively engaged the reconstruction efforts at Ground Zero, the new security paradigm, and the international repercussions of the Guantànamo Bay detention complex.

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"9|11 - Ten Years After, Looking Ahead" was funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Consulate General of the United States in Düsseldorf.

An article on the legacy of "9/11" by Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke was published in the Bonn Generalanzeiger.

Work evolving from the symposium was published in 2013 as volume 6 in our series Transcription under the title Beyond 9/11: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Twenty-First Century U.S. American Culture, ed. Christian Klöckner, Simone Knewitz, and Sabine Sielke (Frankfurt: Lang).