Public Talk with Marita Sturken, New York University – The Politics of Memory: The Aesthetics of Remembering 9/11
Friday, May 30th at 6pm
This talk addressed artistic and architectural engagements with the cultural memory of 9/11 and the wars (in particular the Iraq War) that were pursued in response to it. It looked at the issues of design and aesthetics that have emerged in relation to the official and unofficial projects of commemoration of 9/11, amid the fraught politics of its memory.
Talked in English.
Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University
Marita Sturken's work focuses on the relationship of cultural memory to national identity and issues of visual culture. She is the author of Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (California, 1997), Thelma & Louise (British Film Institute, 2000), Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (with Lisa Cartwright, Oxford, 2001, Second Edition, 2009), and co-editor, with Douglas Thomas and Sandra Ball-Rokeach, of Technological Visions: The Hopes and Fears that Shape New Technology (Temple, 2004). Her writings have been published in a number of journals, including Representations, Public Culture, History and Theory, and Afterimage. She is the former editor of American Quarterly, the journal of the American Studies Association. She teaches courses on cultural studies, visual culture, popular culture, advertising, and global culture. Her most recent book is Tourists of History: Memory, Consumerism, and Kitsch in American Culture, Duke University Press, 2007.