Abstract: In this third episode, Karin and Elizabeth talk about what Michael Jackson Studies is. Going through a wide range of references, they explain how the simple act of ‘Michaeling’ became an area of academic study in its own right. The podcast also discusses the pioneers who started this academic conversation, and the future of the study of Michael Jackson, as an artist.
Merx, Karin, and Elizabeth Amisu. “Episode 3 – What Is Michael Jackson Studies?”, Podcast, Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation 2, no. 1 (2016). Published electronically 7/02/16. https://michaeljacksonstudies.org/the-dream-lives-on-3-what-s-michael-jackson-studies/.
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Episode 3 – What is Michael Jackson Studies?
By Karin Merx & Elizabeth Amisu
‘Most households, I’m sure in the Western world, will have a copy of Thriller there somewhere. That tells us a lot more about us than it does about Michael himself, or even his work. It tells us about what we want to consume, pay for, and what we want to have as part of our culture.’ – Elizabeth Amisu
All Our References and Where to Easily Find Them
1. ‘Chapter 2 – A Critical Survey of Michael Jackson Studies’ In The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife (Praeger, 2016).
2. Dr. Joseph Vogel’s pioneering MJ Studies page that inspired us to create this journal.
3. Dr. Vogel coins the term, ‘MJ Studies‘ to describe his work.
4. Joseph Vogel, Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson. Sterling, 2011.
5. Find out about Early Modern English Literature in this video from King’s College London’s English Department.
6. Michael Jackson, Moonwalk. (London: Heinemann, 1988).
7. Michael Jackson, Dancing the Dream: Poems & Reflections (London: Doubleday, 1992).
8. Elizabeth Amisu, “On Michael Jackson’s ‘Dancing the Dream’.” The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies 1, no. 2 (2014): 3.
9. Karin Merx, “From Throne to Wilderness: Michael Jackson’s ‘Stranger in Moscow’ and the Foucauldian Outlaw.” The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies 1, no. 4 (2015).
10. Who was Michel Foucault?
11. Michael Jackson and the number 7.
12. Malcolm Barnard, Fashion as Communication (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2002).
———, ed. Fashion Theory: An Introduction (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2014).
13. James Shapiro, 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (Faber, 2006)
14. Michael D. Bristol. “Shakespeare: The Myth.” Chap. 29 In A Companion to Shakespeare, edited by David Scott Kastan, 489-502. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
15. Professor Sonia Massai, Reader in Shakespeare at King’s College London.
16. The Knight of the Burning Pestle (1607) by Francis Beaumont at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London.
17. Samuel Taylor Coleridge – the British Library.
18. ‘Globe to Globe‘ Season at Shakespeare’s Globe 2012.
19. Renegade Theatre’s The Winter’s Tale in Yoruba, Shakespeare’s Globe.
20. Cambridge University’s virtual Shakespearean theatre experience online.
21. The Library of Congress Thriller album entry by Dr. Joseph Vogel.
22. Zack O’Malley Greenburg, Michael Jackson, Inc. (Atria, 2014).
23. Kobena Mercer, “Monster Metaphors: Notes on Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller‘.” Screen 27, no. 1 (1986): 26-43.
24. Michele Wallace, “Michael Jackson, Black Modernisms and ‘the Ecstasy of Communication’.” The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies 1, no. 4 (2015): 2.
25. Joseph Vogel, ““I Ain’t Scared of No Sheets”: Re-Screening Black Masculinity in Michael Jackson’s ‘Black or White‘.” Journal of Popular Music Studies 27, no. 1 (2015): 90-123.
26. Jochen Ebmeier, “Das Phänomen Michael Jackson.” The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies 1, no. 2 (2014): 2.
27. Sylvia J. Martin, “The Roots and Routes of Michael Jackson’s Global Identity.” Society 49, no. 3 (2012): 284-90.
28. ‘Chapter 6 – ‘Liberace Has Gone to War’: Undressing Michael Jackson’s Fashion’ In The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife (Praeger, 2016).
29. Check out our wonderful contributors, who have inspired us with their articles and essays.
30. Artist, Mieke Bal, who subjectively puts herself in the context of her research.
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 Afterlife. Find out more about Elizabeth here.
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