Cinema and Media Studies
Canada Research Chair: Digital Culture
BA (Toronto), MA (Carleton), PhD (York)
Caitlin Fisher’s primary research investigates the future of narrative through explorations of interactive storytelling and interactive cinema in Augmented Reality environments. Current research interests also include digital archiving, lifelogging, data visualization and experimental game structures for storytelling.
Professor Fisher was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Digital Culture in 2004. She is a co-founder of the Future Cinema Lab, dedicated to the exploration of new stories for new screens, and director of the Augmented Reality Lab in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York. In the AR Lab, she is working to construct and theorize spatial narrative environments and build expressive software tools for artists.
Dr. Fisher completed one of the first hypertextual dissertations in Canada. Her hypermedia novella,These Waves of Girls, an exploration of memory, girlhood, cruelty, childhood play and sexuality, was awarded the Electronic Literature Organization’s Award for Fiction. In 2008, she won the International Digital Literature Award Ciutat de Vinaròs Prize in Poetry for her augmented reality journey poem, “Andromeda” [full story].
Professor Fisher has taught at York University’s School of Women’s Studies at York and the Institute of Women’s Studies at Carleton University. She received York’s University-Wide Teaching Award in 1999.