2013 Global Seminar
The Global Ghetto
ROME, ITALY, AND WARSAW, POLAND, JUNE 10 - JULY 19
“The Global Ghetto” will be taught in Rome, Italy, at St. John’s University, Rome Campus, and in Warsaw, Poland, at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews from June 10 – July 19, 2013. The course is led by Mitchell Duneier, professor of sociology at Princeton University.
This seminar traces the birth and spread of the ghetto as a social form and metaphor throughout world history. It begins in Rome with one of the earliest and most famous restricted Jewish residential zones in a European city, and ends with other kinds of neighborhoods including gay ghettos, Chinatowns, and barrios. Along the way, students will explore the early modern Jewish ghettos of Frankfurt, Prague, and Venice; the Nazi-created ghettos in Poland during World War II; the Jewish immigrant ghettos of early 20th-century New York and Chicago; and the black ghettos in northern U.S. cities from World War II to the present. The course explores how the social form and metaphor emerged in different historical moments and what people inside and outside have made of the experience.