"[Gaga Stigmata has] very modern, edgy photography to free flowing, urban narratives without censure to analytical essays, et cetera—like Gaga, imagination without ... limits. And the beauty is that anyone can submit work to the site, so artists and writers from all over the [world] have joined this experiment." -The Declaration.org

"Since March 2010, [Gaga Stigmata] has churned out the most intense ongoing critical conversation on [Lady Gaga]."
-Yale's The American Scholar

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

GS Announcement

After nearly four years of intensive critical-creative output and interaction with popular culture, Gaga Stigmata, in its current journal incarnation, will be coming to an end at the strike of midnight on January 1, 2014.

In these final months, we are requesting submissions in the following three veins:
(1) Any new essays on Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP era 
(2) New essays on any pop cultural phenomenon that manifests what we call a “stigmata effect” – that is, the blurring of lines between superstar and fan, between high and low art, between art and interpretation, between the “original” and the “copy.” In particular, we are interested in essays about about Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Ke$ha, Lana Del Rey, and Katy Perry, but you are not in any way limited by this list.
Additionally, we are also seeking essays that explore new pop cultural phenomena such as the aesthetics of new media forms (e.g. Twitter, Tumblr, YouTubers, .gifs, Vines, Instagrams, etc.) 
We are also interested in essays that explore manifestations of the stigmata-esque intersection of the “art world” and the “pop world” in contemporary culture. 
(3) Any essays about Lady Gaga that have previously been published elsewhere. (We would like to create a one-stop on-live archive of the best Lady Gaga scholarship and creative criticism ever published; we will of course give credit to the original source of publication).
You are welcome to write traditional essays, and/or to use a creative-critical format for your work. Youtube videos, photoshopped images, memes, and .gifs can all feature in your work.

You are also welcome to submit more than one piece during this final incarnation of the journal, after which the journal aspect of the project will move into an archival stage. 


  1. It is very sad to see you all go. It has been a wonderful almost 3 years with you (as I became a Gaga fan early 2011) and I so much appreciate all the hard work and analysis of Gaga and her art. I recall a book that was to be published and was wondering if that would come to fruition as Gaga Stigmata winds down?

    Again, as a very devoted little monster, it is sad to see you all go, and I wish all of you the best in every endeavor. Cheers and thanks for everything!

  2. I do not understand why you gotta do this now, when the era is about to start. I mean, what's the next step, are we going to be able to read more academic analysis in some other form or is this it? Please reply X

  3. gaga stigmata is exactly how "reviews" should be done. I loved the deep and thorough analysis of pop stars and pop music. Could you recommend any websites, blogs or anything else that delves deeply in gaga or pop music as your blog, gaga stigmata has done?


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