1st Edition

9/11 Twenty Years On Critical Perspectives

Edited By Leonie B. Jackson, Lee Jarvis, Harmonie Toros Copyright 2023

    This book provides the first sustained critical engagement with the legacy of the 9/11 attacks twenty years on. Featuring a wide range of established and emerging voices in critical terrorism studies, the book explores the deeply political character of remembering and forgetting, and the racialised, gendered and other contexts within which this takes place. A lively and provocative conversation between feminist, postcolonial, post-structural, literary and critical perspectives, 9/11 Twenty Years On asks what ‘the day that changed the world’ means for critical terrorism studies today, and how we might choose to mark those events in the future.

    It will be essential reading for upper-level students, researchers and academics in the fields of International Relations, Security Studies and Political Science in general, as well as anyone interested in critical approaches to terrorism, political violence, and memory. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Critical Studies on Terrorism.

    Introduction: What place for 9/11 in critical terrorism studies?

    Leonie B. Jackson, Harmonie Toros and Lee Jarvis

    1. Living in dangerous times

    Jamie M. Johnson and Victoria M. Basham

    2. Reflection: the "war on terror", Islamophobia and radicalisation twenty years on

    Tahir Abbas

    3. Ostracisation, inequity, and exclusion: the lasting effects of 9/11 and the war on terror on South Asian diasporas

    Jared R. Dmello

    4. Still just victims or villains? The "jihadi brides" and the representation of politically violent women

    Leonie B. Jackson

    5. Preserving sovereignty: crisis and the arc of British proscription pre- and post-9/11

    Tim Legrand

    6. 9/11 and the politics of counter-terrorism: writing temporality in(to) counter-terrorism rhetoric and discourse in Nigeria

    Kodili Henry Chukwuma

    7. Datawars: reflections twenty years after 9/11

    Louise Amoore and Marieke de Goede

    8. Two decades of American global war on terror: temporality and counterterrorism in the Philippines

    Patrick Dave Q. Bugarin

    9. 911+20 and the questions remain the same

    Annick T. R. Wibben

    10. 9/11 as a policy pivot point in the security community: a dialogue

    Eamonn Grennan and Harmonie Toros

    11. 9/11 and Critical Terrorism Studies – the emotion, culture, and discourse of the "War on Terror"

    Jack Holland

    12. "Let it be remembered or forgotten": a case of terrorism visuality in Brazil

    Matheus Pfrimer

    13. From television to the internet: from the reality of terror to reality terrorism

    William Merrin

    14. Beyond the shadow of 9/11? Videogames 20 years after 9/11

    Nick Robinson

    15. A pivotal event narrative in critical terrorism studies: COVID-19 and the threat of terrorism

    Anastassiya Mahon

    16. The concept of terrorism and historical time: comparing 9/11 to the Terreur

    Corentin Sire

    17. The good, the bad, and the ugly: terrorism as part of European identity

    Francesc Morales

    18. Critical junctures in terrorism studies: the Arab Spring and the new twenty-first century security environment

    Michael J. Schumacher

    19. Historicising "terrorism": how, and why?

    Michael Livesey

    20. Gendered reflections on the "Event" narrative of 9/11

    Katherine E. Brown

    21. World of statues: the "war on terror," memorialisation, and colonial violence

    Fahad Ahmad and Jeffrey Monaghan

    22. Eleven years since the Kampala world cup bombings: what we remember and why

    Emma Leonard Boyle

    23. Time to Forget 9/11?

    James Fitzgerald

    24. Race, coloniality and the post 9/11 counter-discourse: Critical Terrorism Studies and the reproduction of the Islam-Terrorism discourse

    Rabea M. Khan

    25. The state of terrorism research in Africa

    Emeka Thaddues Njoku

    26. "The past is the past": linear temporality, memory, and empire

    Tom Pettinger

    27. Time, memory, and critical terrorism studies: 9/11 twenty years on

    Lee Jarvis


    Leonie B. Jackson is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Northumbria University, UK. She is the author of The Monstrous and the Vulnerable: Framing British Jihadi Brides and Islamophobia in Britain: The Making of a Muslim Enemy.

    Lee Jarvis is Professor of International Politics at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is (co-) author or editor of fourteen books and over fifty articles or chapters on the politics of security, including Times of Terror: Discourse, Temporality and the War on Terror.

    Harmonie Toros is Reader in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent, UK, where she researches how humans engage with political violence. She has published and advised governments and international organizations on non-violent alternatives to counter-terrorism.