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Beyond 9/11

Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Twenty-First Century U.S. American Culture


Edited By Christian Klöckner, Simone Knewitz and Sabine Sielke

Rather than turning backward and remembering 9/11, this book sets out to reflect on how the events of September 11, 2001, have shifted our perspectives on a whole series of political, economic, social, and cultural processes. Beyond 9/11 raises the question how the intense debates on the 2001 terrorist attacks and their aftermaths have come to shape our present moment and frame what lies ahead. At the same time, this collection acknowledges that the label «9/11» has often bracketed cultural complexities we have only begun to understand. In Beyond 9/11, contributors from the fields of American studies, political science, economics, history, theology, and the arts reappraise the cultural climate and the global impact of the United States in the second decade of the twenty-first century.


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Georgiana Banita is assistant professor in the Department of Literature and Media, University of Bamberg, and Associate Fellow of the United States Stud­ ies Centre, University of Sydney. Her first book Plotting Justice: Narrative Eth­ ics and Literary Culture after 9/11 (2012) proposes an ethical approach to post- 9/11 literature, linking narrative ethics with literary portrayals of racial profiling, psychoanalysis, and globalization. She is also editing an essay collection on visual studies and human rights discourse, The Look o f Human Rights: Image, Narrative, Evidence. Her current research project investigates the cultural histo­ ry of petroleum in the United States from a transnational perspective. She has published widely on the cultural and political aftermath of the September 11 attacks, narrative and terrorism, intersections between visual media and literary forms, transnational and diasporic American studies as well as Canadian litera­ ture. Mandana Biegi is Senior Research Fellow and lecturer at the Institute of Politi­ cal Science at RWTH Aachen University. Her publications include Die humanitäre Herausforderung: Der International Criminal Court und die USA (2004), the co-edition Demokratie, Recht und Legitimität im 21. Jahrhundert (2008), and essays on human rights, international criminal law, and the United States. Björn Bosserhoff is research and editorial assistant at the University of Bonn’s North American Studies Program. He holds master’s degrees in British/ American Literature as well as Library and Information Science and has just completed his Ph.D. work on Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the question of polit­ ical apostasy. He has published...

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