Social Haunting

Former steel and rail worker Geoff Bright, now a researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, has posted a web archive of the Working with Social Haunting project based on his and others’ work investigating how conflicted pasts remain “present in the present in ways that are richly useful” for activist organizations.  Focused on South Yorkshire coal mining villages and especially on the 1984-85 Miners Strike, the archive assembles people’s remembrances in poetry and prose, photos and audio documentaries, comic strips and “Ghost Labs” – described as “semi-formal arts/political education . . . that focuses on excavating those ‘other’ histories that those in power keep telling us to forget about.”