Karin Merx MA

Meet Karin


Karin Merx, BMus, MA is the cover artist and illustrator of the first comprehensive academic book on Michael Jackson,  ‘The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife. Merx is founder and editor of the world’s first peer-reviewed academic journal on Michael Jackson’s art, life and work: ‘The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies’ and she is co-presenter of the acclaimed podcast, Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation’, mentioned in iTunes as ‘New and Noteworthy’Merx is musician, artist, film-maker, and academic with 20 years of teaching experience. She studied at the Academy of Music in Amsterdam, and is alumna of The academy of Music in Amsterdam and the Open University in the Netherlands where she studied cultural studies with a specialisation in Art History. She is a PhD scholar and her research focuses on the museum policy of the director, Edy De Wilde at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1963-1984). She is the author of the academic book, ‘A festive parade of highlights. La Grande Parade as evaluation of the museum policy of Edy De Wilde at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam’ published with academic publisher Eburon. This landmark publication, currently exclusively available in Dutch, is the first of its kind that focuses solely on De Wilde and his tenure as the director of the Stedelijk. It is therefore an indispensable source for students and researchers on museum history and modern art in the twentieth century.

For ‘The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies’, she wrote the well received article: ‘From Throne to Wilderness. Michael Jacksons Stranger in Moscow and the Foucauldian Outlaw‘ and a book review on ‘Dangerousby Susan FastThis review is also translated in German and Italian.

You can follow her on  Academia.edu.


Programs with Karin

On-Demand Online Courses

The cover artist and illustrator of ‘The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson. His Music, His Persona , and His Artistic Afterlife’, specialising in Michael Jackson StudiesArt, Music, Art History, Cultural History, Cultural Philosophy and Literature, personally teaches bespoke courses through Online Arts Education. Learn these topics and more in Karin’s online courses! We love to teach, learn, and offer a fun enriching experience at great value to all our students. Whether you want to teach or learn, Online Arts Education has something special in store for you. The first course will be launched soon, and new courses in Michael Jackson Studies will be launched this year. Sign up here to be the first to access these courses and subscribe to register your interest.


The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic StudiesThe Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies (MJAS)

A peer-reviewed online academic journal which aims to bring wider attention to Michael Jackson as an artist. We publish original and previously published articles, interviews, podcasts and book reviews throughout the year, and provide a platform for upcoming academics to publish their work professionally. Our podcast, Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation, takes our academic findings and presents them for your listening delight and our yearly anthology, A Companion to Michael Jackson Academic Studies, includes some of the freshest and most groundbreaking academic analysis of Jackson’s life and art. Most importantly, we aim to offer everyone the opportunity to be part of the emerging discourse in Michael Jackson Studies. Find out more here.



02programMichael Jackson’s Dream Lives On

A monthly academic podcast which focuses on the life, art and creative work of Michael Jackson. Presented by Karin Merx, editor of the Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies, and Elizabeth Amisu, author of ‘The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife’, 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. Find out more here.

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