Episode 20 – Michael Jackson & Cleopatra

Abstract: This episode is about Michael Jackson and the Egyptian ruler, Cleopatra. Karin and Elizabeth discuss Michael Jackson’s personal art collection, his personal and creative interest in Cleopatra, and the representation of high-status black people in western culture. To expand your knowledge on this topic take our Michael Jackson & Black History Online Course. Take one of our 17 Michael Jackson Courses here today: www.onlineartseducation.co.uk Use the coupon code HOLIDAYS and receive 10% off at the checkout until December 24th!


Merx, Karin, and Elizabeth Amisu. ‘Episode 20 – Michael Jackson & Cleopatra” Podcast, Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation 3, no. 3 (2016). Published electronically 07/12/16. https://michaeljacksonstudies.org/episode-20


Episode 20 – Michael Jackson & Cleopatra
By Karin Merx & Elizabeth Amisu

Michael Jackson was very educated. Cleopatra’s shifting images were no surprise to him.
-Elizabeth Amisu


Karin Merx BMus, MA, is editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies, and author of  ‘A festive parade of highlights. La Grande Parade as evaluation of the museum policy of Edy De Wilde at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam’. Find out more about Karin here.

Elizabeth Amisu, PGCE, MA, is editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies and author of The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic AfterlifeFind out more about Elizabeth here.


All Our References and Where to Easily Find Them

D. Pauvert, The Death of Cleopatra, former private collection Michael Jackson
D. Pauvert, The Death of Cleopatra, former Private Collection Michael Jackson

2. Shawn Kelly, Racializing Jesus: Race, Ideology and the Formation of Modern Biblical Scholarship (Routledge, 2002).
3. Francesca T. Royster, Becoming Cleopatra: The Shifting Image of an Icon (New York, 2003).
4. Francesca T. Royster, “‘Hee Hee Hee’: Michael Jackson and the Transgendered Erotics of Voice.” The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies 1, no. 3 (2014). Published electronically 18/09/14. https://michaeljacksonstudies.org/hee-hee-hee-michael-jackson-and-the-transgendered-erotics-of-voice/.
5. Francesca T. Royster, Sounding like a No-No: Queer Sounds & Eccentric Acts in the Post-Soul Era (University of Michigan Press, 2013).
6. Michael Jackson, Remember The Time, (dir. John Singleton, 1991).
7.Elizabeth Amisu, Michael Jackson & Black History Online Course (2016) www.onlineartseducation.co.uk/course/mjblackhistory
8. Kim F. Hall, Things of Darkness: Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England (Ithaca, London, 1995).
9. Take one of our 17 Michael Jackson Courses here today: www.onlineartseducation.co.uk Use the coupon code HOLIDAYS and receive 10% off at the checkout until December 24th!


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