Liora Lukitz, Ph.D.
Liora Lukitz, PhD in Middle Eastern Studies, holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Sorbonne, Paris. During her stay in the US, as a research fellow at the Center for Middle East Studies, Harvard University, she was awarded with a H.F. Guggenheim Foundation award, that made possible the publication of two books and many articles. Liora Lukitz was a visiting professor at SDSU (San Diego State University) in 2007-2008 following the publication of ‘A Quest in the Middle East: Gertrude Bell and the Making of Modern Iraq’ (I. B. Tauris, London, New York, 2006, 2014). A second volume on Gertrude Bell (‘Certainties and Uncertainties in Gertrude Bell’s Many Lives’ is in the last stages of preparation, also in a version for younger readers. She is the author, together with the best seller Iraqi author Najim Wali, of ‘The Lion of Babylon and the Winged Bull: Ancient History and Technology, New Concepts of Communication’ that will also serve as a theme for interactive, multimedia activities and by-products.
In Israel, Liora Lukitz lectures at Braude College of Engineering, and Afeka College of High Engineering, where she developed new strategies of communication and conflict management through new media and animation. Students from the US (Miami University) and China (University of Science and Technology in Shanghai and Beijing Union University), also participated in an interactive program during which they discovered a different Middle East, rich in culture and traditions and open to technology and innovation. This eight years old experiment, resulted in the multi-modality venture (speech, touch, haptic) ‘Rafiq and his Flying Camel’, developed in cooperation with Dr. Nava Shaked, head of the Multidisciplinary/Multimodal Center at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) and Adjunct Professor at CUNY, NYU.