Research Conversations

Posted on Sunday, October 9, 2016

The School of Information Studies welcomes you the second Research Conversation of the season:

Title: "Towards a Data-Driven Understanding of Country Music's 'Geo-Cultural' Origins"

Presented by Dr. Jada Watson (MIS, Ph.D.)

Date: 20 October 2016

Time:12:00 to 13:30

Place:Arts-MHN 509, 70 rue LaurierEast



Since the 1950s, country music has conventionally (and stereotypically) been defined through a “southern thesis” that the genre emerged from the countryside and mountain hollows of the rural U.S. south. Recent studies contested this relationship, demonstrating the role that northern states and urban centres have played in shaping the genre’s sound and image. But the geo-­‐origins of the genre’s artists are often overlooked in this discussion. Drawing on methods of data-­‐based research in the humanities, this project will use data about the artists retrieved from the Billboard country songs chart (1944-­‐2015) to discover long-­‐term geographic trends in the genre and contribute to this ongoing discussion in country music studies.


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