Outloud Talks


with Igor Coko, Maria Todorova, Lina Attalah

To close our 2021 LIFE Media Carnival we have invited three inspiring individuals for conversations about Body, Voice and Place. 

We close our carnival, in hope that the answer to the question we have raised, “How’s Life?” will be better — especially for those excluded, muted and left behind.



Igor Coko

Igor Čoko was born in Knin, Croatia in 1975. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade with a degree in ethnology and anthropology. He works as a documentary photographer, capturing from the viewpoint of visual anthropology, the life, street aesthetics and problems of marginalized peoples. He has authored four books of photography and held over forty exhibitions and lectures at home and abroad. His photography books are part of the Hasselblad Foundation’s library collection in Goteborg. He is the founder and editor of the photography portal www.grain.rs which is focused on political, street and documentary photography. Since 1995 he has worked and lived in Belgrade.

Maria Todorova

Maria Todorova is the Gutgsell Professor of History at the Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a Bulgarian historian who is best known for her influential book, “Imagining the Balkans.” She studied history and english at the University of Sofia, and obtained her Ph.D. in 1977. Maria Todorova was a Visiting Professor at various institutions, including Sabanci University in Istanbul and the University of Florida. She was awarded the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. In 2006, Maria Todorova was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Lina Attalah

Lina Attalah is a Cairo-based journalist and is the co-founder and editor of Mada Masr, an Egypt-based independent news website. She was also the editor of Egypt Independent, an English language media publication also centered on Egypt’s politics, society and culture. Before that, she was based in Darfur, Sudan, where she led an informational radio program for local communities produced by the BBC. She has also been part of a number of artistic research-based projects on themes of intellectual history, maritime/desert (non) spaces, technology and alternative learning.






These Outloud talks are implemented with the financial support of the European Union as part of the project “Citizens Engage,” implemented by K2.0 in partnership with GAP Institute.