Curry to discuss "ghetto" at Carnegie Mellon seminar

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Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:08
Dawne Y. Curry, associate professor of history and ethnic studies, will participate in the Sawyer Seminar at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The seminar will focus on the meaning of the term, "ghetto."

On Oct. 24, Curry will present her paper, “Their World is a Ghetto: Squatters, Space, and Power in 1940s Alexandra, South Africa.”

Instead of racial segregation, it existed between Alexandra’s permanent dwellers and its temporary ones. Thus, Curry’s paper shows how Alexandra’s squatters’ movement was an exercise not only in geographical engineering but also in the formation of ghettoized communities that dotted the terrain of 1940s Johannesburg.