• Objects from a temporary memorial being collected by staff members from the State Archives in Trondheim, August 5 2011.




  • Exhibition of the proposals for national memorials, Oslo February 2014.




  • The damaged government building in Oslo February 2014. Here one of two national memorial sites will be located.




  • Model of the winning proposal by Jonas Dahlberg, exhibited in Oslo February 2014.




  • A spontaneously created temporary memorial on the pier to Utøya, May 2014.




  • Sign showing the chosen location for a memorial at Utøya, May 2014.




The project July 22 and the Negotiation of Memory studies the cultural afterlife of the terror attacks on July 22 2011 in the Norwegian society. The project focuses on the ways the tragedy is being represented and interpreted through temporary and permanent markers in public space.

The project gives special attention to the transition from the early phase, when the tragedy was processed through spontaneously created temporary memorials and unofficial markers, to the later creation of permanent and official monuments, memorials and sites commemorating the terror attacks. The relation between these two "stages of memory" is central to the project.

The project is owned by the Cultural Heritage Programme at the Department of Historical Studies, NTNU, and is financed by NTNU and the Falstad Centre


Latest publication from the project

The two PhD candidates in the project have published an article in the Norwegian journal of cultural resarch, Tidsskrift for kulturforskning no.2/2017. The article is entitled "Et minne i bevegelse - mønstre, spenninger og endringer i den nasjonale minnestedsprosessen etter 22. juli 2011" ("A memory in motion - patterns, tensions and changes in the national memorial process after July 22, 2011"). For an abstract in English, please follow this link.