Skip to main content
Kent Academic Repository

Reflections on Remembering: 9/11 Twenty Years On

Jackson, Leonie B. and Toros, Harmonie and Jarvis, Lee, eds. (2021) Reflections on Remembering: 9/11 Twenty Years On. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 14 (4). pp. 397-609. ISSN 1753-9153. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:99010)

The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided. (Contact us about this Publication)
Official URL:


As critical terrorism scholars and editors of this journal, we approached the 20th anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks with considerable ambivalence. Conscious that many journals in our field would mark the two decades since those dramatic events, we debated what adopting a “critical approach” demanded of us. As a journal, and specifically as editors of this special issue, we had at least two – potentially conflicting – aspirations for this moment. First, to take the opportunity to (once again) recognise and reflect on the duration, consequences, and costs of 9/11’s aftermath; an aftermath characterised by a war on terror that has stretched not only across continents and policy domains, but across decades too now. And, second, explicitly to call into question the widespread framing of those attacks as a powerful temporal marker complicit not only in contemporary responses to political resistance and violence, but also in the understanding, research and teaching of the politics of counter-terrorism (Jarvis 2009; Holland and Jarvis 2014; Toros 2017). Such aspirations compel critical engagement with technologies of “commemoration” and “remembrance”, including through ceremonies, monuments, and practices (Jarvis 2010; Heath-Kelly 2016, 2018). They compel engagement too, though, with decisions, demands and structures of forgetting, with many critically-inclined scholars sympathetic to Zehfuss’s (2003) urging that we might “forget September 11”.

Item Type: Edited Journal
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Harmonie Toros
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2022 12:32 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 15:44 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

University of Kent Author Information

  • Depositors only (login required):

Total unique views for this document in KAR since July 2020. For more details click on the image.