Episode 63 – Re-imagining Michael Jackson

Abstract: Alper Yesiltas’ reimagining of Michael Jackson went viral and was even chosen as an image for the September Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies newsletter, described as ‘thought-provoking’. In this episode, we follow MJ academic and recovering PhD scholar, Geneva S. Thomas through her excellent thread of tweets that explore the impact reimaginings of Michael Jackson have and what they do to his legacy. Karin and Elizabeth have a thorough discussion about respect and what it does to Michael Jackson’s legacy with guests Geneva S. Thomson and Nina Fonoroff.


Merx, Karin, and Elizabeth Amisu. “Episode 63 –Re-imagining Michael Jackson” Podcast, Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation 9, no. 1 (2022). Published electronically 21/11/2022. https://michaeljacksonstudies.org/episode-63

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Episode 63– Re-imagining Michael Jackson
By Karin Merx & Elizabeth Amisu and guests Geneva S Thomson and Nina Fonoroff

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 the 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 Afterlife. Find out more about Elizabeth here.


  1. Laura Mulvey, ‘Visual Pleasure in American Cinema’, Screen, vol 16, issue 3 (1975) pp. 6-18.
  2. Maya Angelou, We Had Him, 7-7-2009. (read during the private funeral of Michael Jackson.)
  3. Willa Stillwater, M Poetica (Self Published PhD thesis, 2001)
  4. Sherrow O. Pinder, Michael Jackson and the Quandary of a Black Identity (Sunny Press, 2021).