Donofrio's Study of Public Memory & 9/11 Published in WJC
Ph.D. student Terri Donofrio is the author of a study considering public memory and the 9/11 "Take Back the Memorial" rhetoric. Her article, entitled "Ground Zero and Place-Making Authority: The Conservative Metaphors in 9/11 Families' 'Take Back the Memorial' Rhetoric," appears in the March 2010 issue of Western Journal of Communication.
More than eight years after 9/11, Donofrio argues, New York's Ground Zero remains a site of mneumonic contestation as competing advocates vie to influence reconstruction. Take Back the Memorial (TBM) is an advocacy platform for those who lost loved ones in the attacks to voice their opinions about how Ground Zero is rebuilt. TBM discourse reflects the family members' attempts to establish the authority to guide memorial construction by dismissing competing rhetorics as 'political' and employing conservatively charged metaphors of ownership. The metaphors used by TBM, Donofrio concludes, concretize the public memory of 9/11 in strategic ways.
Citation: Theresa Ann Donofrio, "Ground Zero and Place-Making Authority: The Conservative Metaphors in 9/11 Families' 'Take Back the Memorial' Rhetoric," Western Journal of Communication, 74 (2010): 150-169.