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Unghosting Apparitional (Lesbian) History

Erasures of Black Lesbian Feminism

Michelle Moravec, Author

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How to Ghost Hunt In History

Ultimately I narrowed my ghost hunting to three areas, a famous conference, feminist periodicals, and women’s history as an academic field.  

However, the organization of this project is intended, to the extent it is possible within Scalar [link to reflection piece], to reflect the often circular and frustrating aspects of my research process.

Although Scalar is designed with many navigational options I have not used most of them.  In particular, I decided that both paths, which create linear reading routes, or tags, which indicate relationships between pages, imposed a greater cohesiveness on to the project than exists.

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 other information is similar to what I experienced while researching.  Similarly, I’ve not included footnotes, but rather have harnessed Scalars ability to pull content in from partner archives or have included external links (blue) to my sources.

The comments function of Scalar offered the ability to include multiple perspectives.  I am deeply indebted to the early readers who offered their comments

Although I envision the reader wandering through this project, early readers indicated a desire for some signposts.  I added a numbered sequence (from 1-21) to the titles of pages that creates one sort of path and allows the reader can approximate the location of each page in the larger narrative.

An embedded TimeMapper allows navigation spatially or temporally.  X of the pages are linked to the timeline.

Finally although the menu bar to the left has been repurposed to provide links to the start, end, and TimeMapper

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