Johara Bellali

I started my PhD in the transtechnology department in January 2021 after a journey of 19 years working on the implementation of the sustainable development conventions (post-Rio and Agenda 2030) and taking part in the response to humanitarian crises around the world. During that time, I nurtured my desire to accompany births and finally certified as a doula a few years ago. I believe that these seemingly different callings have a commonality that lies in our cultural relationship to what Bergson calls l’élan vital.

Inspired by ecofeminism, post-humanism, midwifery and sustainability science, my journey led me to explore the moment of birth, that liminal state of transformation. Using post-ANT (Actor Network Theory) and the method of scenography, I investigate what is happening in the birthing room between the material and the intangible, culture and technology, what matters and what is forgotten. I ask: what is our cultural relationship to life’s regenerative processes? what does birth tell us about our relationship to earth’s supporting systems?

At the end of 2021, I developed this poster; since then my enquiry and explorations have continued.

I am a Moroccan-German-Luxembourg national – an Afroeuropean – navigating the borderlands of identities, languages and disciplines. I am interested in collaborations around embodied performances of intangible systems in particular from an endarkened feminist perspective. Do contact me if you feel called to or would like more information: