I am pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in Balkan Studies at the University of Ljubljana. My area of focus is auto and performance ethnography and analysis of birth practices in southern Serbia. In addition to doctoral studies, I also teach writing at the City University of New York.
I am developing a curriculum for an interdisciplinary workshop titled "Birth In Context: Language, Power, Psyche, Body" that focuses on the intersections between poetry, theory, performance, and birth. Using a dialogic, poetic and intuitive-based approach, the workshop will explore birth and reproduction within varied contexts: systems of power and oppression; the field of psychoanalysis; systems of language. From an ancient and mystical understanding of the body, and with direct engagement of poetic imagination, we tap into our innate capacity for associative and meditative registers of understanding.