Meet Karin and Elizabeth
Editors, Karin Merx and Elizabeth Amisu, were inspired by their lifelong appreciation of Michael Jackson and started The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies as a focal point for groundbreaking research. The result was a fast-growing peer-reviewed  journal which legitimises Jackson’s artistic contributions. Their monthly academic podcast, Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversationpresents a range of topics relating to Jackson, culture and art; while their yearly anthology, A Companion to Michael Jackson Academic Studies, includes some of the freshest academic analysis of Jackson’s life and art. Together, Karin and Elizabeth co-created The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona and His Artistic Afterlife, an academic book published by Praeger. Karin’s beautiful portrait of Jackson graces the cover, while several of her illustrations can be found in the book, while Elizabeth’s two years of academic research on Michael Jackson, Ben Jonson, and William Shakespeare provide 120,000 words of brand new analysis that critics are calling ‘daring’ and ‘exciting’.

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Featured Course
An Introduction to MJ StudiesAn Introduction to Michael Jackson Studies
The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies is excited to present the world’s first on-demand online course in Michael Jackson Studies. Taught by Elizabeth Amisu, it encourages the multidisciplinary study of film, music and culture, while at the same time entering the discourse and debate surrounding Jackson’s art and his extraordinary life. Using a simple and enjoyable teaching style, this course leads the student through the creative world of Michael Jackson’s music, film and cultural relevance. Find out more here.


Featured Papers

Michael Jackson Black Modernism and The Ecstasy of Communication
Michael Jackson Black Modernism and The Ecstasy of Communication
'Crack Music': Michael Jackson's 'Invincible'
‘Crack Music’: Michael Jackson’s ‘Invincible’












From Throne to Wilderness: Michael Jackson's Stranger in Moscow' and the Foucauldian Outlaw
From Throne to Wilderness: Michael Jackson’s Stranger in Moscow’ and the Foucauldian Outlaw
On Michael Jackson's 'Dancing the Dream'
On Michael Jackson’s ‘Dancing the Dream’













Interv-FeatureAuthor Interviews
Have you ever wondered about how your favourite author in Michael Jackson Studies became inspired to write their book? Or are you a researcher looking for further contextual information? Whether you’re an academic, a fan or both, the MJAS’ interviews with academics, authors and content-creators provide engaging new perspectives.

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feature-ColumnMJ Studies Today
A monthly academic column, published by The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies, which presents an up-to-date look at the world of Michael Jackson Studies as it exists right now, including informative articles and views that you may have missed.

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podcastImageMJAS-v1Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation
A monthly academic podcast which focuses on the life, art and creative work of Michael Jackson. Presented by Elizabeth Amisu, author of The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife, and Karin Merx, editor of the Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies, it is the world’s first academic podcast which solely discusses the art of Michael Jackson as well as the broader contexts in which his music, performance and short films were created and received.

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FREE Researchers Resource Service
Along with all our amazing content, the MJAS provides a free resource service for academics. We have a comprehensive list of over 500 sources on our site. In addition to this, send our editor, Elizabeth, your topic in 100 words and with 14 days we will send you a resource list, using our database of over 1000 sources on Michael Jackson in any referencing style listed here.

On-Demand Online Coursesheaderoae
The world’s premiere author specializing in Michael Jackson Studies, Film Studies, Creative Writing, and English Literature personally teaches bespoke courses through Online Arts Education. Learn these topics and more in Karin and Elizabeth’s online courses! We love to teach, learn, and offer a fun enriching experience at great value to all our students. New courses launching this year include An Introduction to Michael Jackson Studies and Advanced Michael Jackson StudiesFind out more here.

Membership and Sponsorship
This year, in addition to our courses, we will be launching a paid membership area, with four levels of membership: Student Membership, Researcher Membership, Professional Membership and Institutional Membership, at a range of prices for digital and non-digital content. In addition we will be launching exclusive content just for our members: vodcasts, documentaries, resources, huge discounts to our academic courses and premiere booking for all of our lectures, events, on-demand courses, live events and product releases, as well as a plethora of other goodies, including book discounts and free gifts.


Book 1.jpgThe Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife
‘A multi-faceted human being is precisely the portrait that emerges in Elizabeth Amisu’s book’ – Dr. Joseph Vogel, author of Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson is the biggest-selling music artist ever. What qualities made him a star—and fuel his continuing influence? This limited edition (5000 copies only) academic book, published by Praeger, is the essential companion to Michael Jackson’s music, films, and books, this work offers 21 original, academic essays on all things Jackson-from film, music, and dance to fashion, culture, and literature. It is the ultimate collector’s item for every Michael Jackson fan, student, researcher and academic. Find out more here.

Book 2

A Companion to Michael Jackson Academic Studies I
This academic companion presents a selection of twelve academic works within the greater body of critical discourse related to Michael Jackson, along with where to find these works and for what academic purposes one might read and cite them. An indispensable tool for academics, worth £25 is available FREE to subscribers of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic StudiesFind out more here.

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