Where do we go from here: The pasts, presents and futures of Ground Zero

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Spring 2006, when the rebuilding of Ground Zero began, was a unique moment in time - a turning point for the New York site and its publics. It signified transformation from debris to a memorial museum; a move from past catastrophe to future memories, as the nationalized narration of the events in the formal exhibit on site emphasized. Surprisingly, while the end result was already known, this moment of transformation allowed different audiences to put at halt the nationalized interpretation of the events of 9/11 and engage in personal, collected and collective, local and global, perspectives on the past, while enacting the presents and futures which seem to unfold from them. This article examines these distinct yet connected moments in order to reveal the different connections that people and governments make between pasts, presents and futures. It uses a non-linear approach to time, which explores and reworks the tension between linearity and relativity, as a sensitive lens to a political change that has proceeded well beyond the interaction on site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-70
Number of pages16
JournalMemory Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 9 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • 9/11
  • Material-symbolic practice
  • Memory
  • Narrative
  • Political change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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