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Baltimore_Portal Curator & Criminal Justice Dialogues Project Coordinator
Sara joined Shared_Studios after completing a Masters in Anthropology from University College of London where she conducted fieldwork in the Calais ‘Jungle.’ She is interested in points at which material culture and human rights intersect; including materialized memory, imagined realities, the architecture of displacement, and the aesthetic and media responses to humanitarian crisis and civil injustices.
Born and raised in Isfahan, Iran, Parisa Saranj holds a BA in journalism from University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Goucher College. She has written extensively about Islam, Islamophobia and her experience of being a Muslim woman in America as well as social disobedience and the culture of resistance among the youth in Iran. Parisa is currently working on a memoir of growing up in post-revolution Iran.
Criminal Justice Dialogues
The Portals Project in Baltimore in Summer 2017 will focus on Criminal Justice Dialogues with Los Angeles and Mexico City in addition to special conversations and activities to be announced.
Criminal Justice Dialogues are conversations between cities and communities around the U.S. and Mexico about how people feel about policing in their communities as part of a research study conducted by the Justice Collaboratory at Yale University. These mutual one-on-one conversations on both sides ask participants to consider the following question:
There is a great deal in the news about how police interact with people in the communities where they work. How do you feel about police in your community?
Participants are also asked to complete short, confidential survey and to consent to being videotaped as part of this study. Researchers at Yale will utilize the confidential conversations to understand common themes that emerge in them. Video files are kept on a secured server that only these principal investigators have access to and all videos are professionally transcribed. Significant measures are undertaken to protect each participants' confidentiality. The video will never be used in presentations and the transcribed and written version will exist at Yale University to help to contribute to further knowledge and record on the topic.
Read more about the dialogues here.