MJ Studies Today is 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. Written by academics who specialize in the field of a range of academic disciplines, it aims to keep the community up-to-date.
As part of MJ Studies Today, we also welcome a host of insightful and well-informed guest contributors who provide opinion pieces featuring their ideas on the important resonance of Michael Jackson and how he is perceived in the modern era.
Find out how you can submit your article to The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies here.
MJ Studies Today Columns (2016)
- MJ Studies Today I (14-01-16) – Elizabeth Amisu
January 2016 discusses the cover-reveal of ‘The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife‘ by Elizabeth Amisu.
- MJ Studies Today II (14-02-16) – Elizabeth Amisu
February 2016 discusses the recent news that the white actor Joseph Fiennes, was cast as Michael Jackson in an upcoming comedy program on Sky Arts.
- MJ Studies Today III (15-03-16) – Elizabeth Amisu
March 2016 discusses the screening of Spike Lee’s new documentary, ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall’
- MJ Studies Today IV (14-04-16) – Elizabeth Amisu
April 2016 has been incredibly exciting and thought-provoking in the world of Michael Jackson Studies.
- MJ Studies Today V (14-05-16) – Elizabeth Amisu
May 2016 is all about the academic study of Michael Jackson’s art, cultural impact and critical reception.
- MJ Studies Today VI (15-06-16) – Elizabeth Amisu
June 2016 is all about The Journal of Michael Jackson Studies on Vindication Day.
- MJ Studies Today VII (14-07-16) – Elizabeth Amisu
July 2016 is all about the movement of ideas in Michael Jackson Studies, as we move nearer to the publication of The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife.
- MJ Studies Today VIII (14-08-16) – Elizabeth Amisu
August 2016 celebrates the 58th year since Michael Joseph Jackson was born. It’s a touching time for the millions of Michael Jackson fans and students around the world. It is the final column from Elizabeth.
- MJ Studies Today IX (14-09-16) – Kerry Hennigan
September 2016 introduces new columnist, Kerry Hennigan, who takes a look at ‘the impact of Michael Jackson on popular culture’ and ‘the many ways fans have of expressing their appreciation of, and love for him.’
- MJ Studies Today X (14-10-2016) – Kerry Hennigan
In the October column, Kerry Hennigan talks about the role of advocacy as part of the Michael Jackson fan phenomenon.
- MJ Studies Today XI (14-11-2016) – Kerry Hennigan
In the November column, Kerry Hennigan examines the ‘why’ of the life and work of Michael Jackson.
- MJ Studies Today XII (14-12-2016) – Kerry Hennigan
In the December column, Kerry Hennigan examines Michael Jackson’s fascination for the film noir genre.
MJ Studies Today Columns (2017)
- MJ Studies Today XIII (14-01-2017) – Kerry Hennigan
In the first column of this year, Kerry Hennigan continues her research to Michael Jackson’s fascination for the film noir genre.
- MJ Studies Today XIV (14-02-2017) – Kerry Hennigan
In this column, Kerry Hennigan wonders why Michael Jackson suggested burning tabloids while knowing the history of the burning of books and pamphlets in the medieval period, and the Nazi book burning.
- MJ Studies Today XV (14-03-2017) – Kerry Hennigan
In this column, Kerry Hennigan discusses the way fans express their passion and solidarity with Michael Jackson.
- MJ Studies Today XVI (14-04-2017) – Kerry Hennigan
In this column, Kerry Hennigan analyses Earth Song, the meaning and importance of this classic in Michael Jackson’s catalogue.
- MJ Studies Today XVII (14-05-2017) – Kerry Hennigan
Kerry Hennigan describes why she had the feeling Michael Jackson was different from his siblings when she visited the Michael Jackson One show in Las Vegas.
- MJ Studies Today XVIII (14-06-2017) – Kerry Hennigan
Kerry Hennigan looks into the phenomenon of how Michael Jackson is missed by so many people when they have never met him personally or seen him in concert.
- MJ Studies Today IXX (14-07-2017) – Kerry Hennigan
Kerry Hennigan discusses the father figures in Michael Jackson’s career
- MJ Studies Today XX (14-08-2017) – Kerry Hennigan
Kerry Hennnigan experienced that we can still learn a lot from Michael Jackson and his care for people. Michael Jackson had no constrictions when helping those in need.
- MJ Studies Today XXI (14-09-2017) – Kerry Hennigan
In her September column, Kerry Hennigan discusses how each of us can celebrate Michael Jackson at home. She encourages fans to ‘do their own thing’.
- MJ Studies Today XXII (14-10-2017) – Kerry Hennigan
In her October column, Kerry discusses art exhibitions that concern Michael Jackson. Artists from around the world are inspired by Michael Jackson and the National Portrait Gallery will exhibit numerous artists next summer.
- MJ Studies Today XIII (14-11-2017) – Kerry Hennigan
The November column of Kerry is part 2 of pictures, art made of Michael Jackson. Photos where he was the model himself and photos where he was not, but, as Kerry states, an image of an impersonator challenging the viewer, as Michael Jackson always challenged himself and his audience.
- MJ Studies Today XIV (14-12-2017) – Kerry Hennigan
In this issue Kerry discusses Michael Jackson’s creative legacy and the different, often conflicting views that surrounds them.
MJ Studies Today Columns (2018)
13. MJ Studies Today XXV (14-01-2018) – Kerry Hennigan
In this column Kerry examines and questions the amount of songs actually written by Michael Jackson for the release of bad. Are they all really recorded, or are they fragments and not yet finished songs; a discussion worth looking into.
14. MJ Studies Today (14-02-2018) – Kerry Hennigan
In this column Kerry discusses the friendship of Gregory Peck and Michael Jackson, their love for art and how ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ plays a significant role in their relationship.
15. MJ Studies Today (14-03-2018) – Kerry Hennigan
In this column Kerry Hennigan looks at Michael Jackson’s performances of “Earth Song” on awards shows, and specifically the BRITs Awards in 1996 and the controversy that was generated by protests at what some thought of as his depiction of himself as a Christ-like figure.
16. MJ Studies Today (14-04-2018) – Kerry Hennigan
In this month’s column, Kerry looks at the friendship between Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor. Despite intense media scrutiny they managed to stay friends until the ends of their lives, including supporting each other through career ups and downs, good times and bad. The media called them “Hollywood’s Odd Couple” – but if we look beyond tabloid gossip, we can glimpse what made their friendship one that was so close and enduring.
17. MJ Studies Today (14-05-2018) – Kerry Hennigan
In this month’s column, Kerry discusses the media output on items of Michael Jackson auctioned possessions, and how these get distorted to create confusion. What happened to the truth, do we still care, she asks?
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