Laura Fisher on the City of Words Project

Laura Fisher, 2012 NYU English PhD, now associate professor of urban literature at Ryerson University in Toronto, will be discussing City of Words, a digital and public humanities project—a Smartphone application and website—that geolocates literary and historical texts on a map of New York City. Its development team is now completing the initial iteration of the project, which connects literary and physical landscapes around the theme of vice. Once finished, the app will provide a nonlinear, literary tour of bad behavior in New York City from the 18th century to the present day. The website and app, developed with Ali Reza, can easily be adapted to suit different research and teaching needs, and indeed to locations beyond New York City.