Sonja
        Hristina
        Bjelić








Where poetry, birth & performance intersect

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    Sonja
    Hristina
    Bjelić



Scholar / Teacher


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 co-teach an evolving workshop titled “Poetry, Consciousness, Birth" that focuses on the intersections between poetry, theory, creativity, and birth. 


“This workshop is open to anyone who is interested in processes of transformation that set the stage for moments of acute insight. In this two-hour workshop we will explore how physiological changes become pathways to access altered states. Along the way, we will chart parallels in the manner in which undisturbed childbirth and acts of creation have been co-opted by mechanistic and capitalistic worldviews emphasizing production over process. In the spirit of maintaining our creative agency, we summon the cosmic from the quotidian. Proprioceptively, we come into our bodies as they are, and through verbal, aural and visual cues, venture along an inward trajectory that brings us deep into our innate poetic capacity, for we are natura naturans: “nature doing what nature does.”
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