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Unghosting Apparitional Histories

Erasures of Black Lesbian Feminism

Michelle Moravec, Author
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How to Ghost Hunt In History

To create a defined path, you may start with at Beyond the Footnotes.  Then move into time place and space (the main visual interface of the project).   Each entry in the timeline/map  contains a link to a page in the project under
sources marked click here for page.  Sixteen of the twenty-one pages are
included.  Then move to Beyond the Footnotes.

Although I eventually traced Bonnie Johnson through participation in  a famous conference, her writing and photographs that appeared in feminist periodicals, and her study of women’s history,  this project is not organized into paths based on those those divisions. 

Instead, building on Scalar’s deeper infrastructure, I’ve embedded links to pages of the project (indicated by the color purple) within pages.  The content on the embedded pages becomes visible when the cursor passes over these links.  This sense of interrupted narrative, and glimpses of information, is similar to what I experienced while researching. The reader can chose to click through, read as far as the pop up page allows, or ignore their hover-able links     

I have not included footnotes, but rather have harnessed Scalar's ability to pull content in from partner archives, which appear as page insets or external links (blue). 

Early readers indicated a desire for some signposts within the project.  I added a numbered sequence (from 1-21) to the titles of the pages to allow the reader to approximate the location of each page in the larger narrative, however these numbers do not represent a linear path or narrative through the project. 

However, the menu bar to the left has been repurposed to provide minimal guidance to the start and to the end of the project, as well as to the spatial/temporal navigation aid.  The reader can therefore explore this project sequentially, chronologically, or by wandering at will via the links and embedded pages.   


The comments function of Scalar offered the ability to include multiple perspectives.  I am deeply indebted to the early readers who offered their comments and invite you to participate as well. 
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I can't figure out how to move from 1-21 in sequence

Posted on 26 April 2014, 8:15 am by Alex Juhasz  |  Permalink

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