Dr Pauline Muir

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Position Lecturer
Email p.muir (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7896 2090
Dr Pauline Muir

Pauline has extensive teaching experience in Arts Management. She previously worked at London South Bank University on the B.A. (Hons) Arts Management/Arts & Festival Management for 21 years & was the Course Director between 2007–2016

Her PhD, 'Sounds Mega - Musical Discourse in Black Majority Churches' focused on congregational singing in Africa megachurches using a multimodal analysis. She is the author of ‘A Virtuous Woman in the Twenty-First Century’ in Aldred, Joe (ed) (2000) Sisters with Power and ‘Sounds of Blackness’ in Ackah, W. Dodson J. & Smith R.D. (eds) (2017) Movements of the Spirit: Race, Culture & Gendered Spirituality in Africa & the African Diaspora.

She has a BA in Music, a Diploma in Orchestral Studies, a Licentiate qualification from Trinity College London (LTCL) as well as an MA in Arts Management from City University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) & Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Sounds Mega - Musical Discourse in Black Majority Churches
  • BA in Music
  • Diploma in Orchestral Studies
  • Licentiate, Trinity College London (LTCL)
  • Masters in Arts Management, City University

Teaching and Supervision

Research interests

Pauline's research interests are in culture and religion and include a focus on congregational singing in Africa megachurches.

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Muir, Pauline E.. 2023. Place, People, and Pentecostal Habitus. In: Monique Charles and Mary W. Gani, eds. Black British Music in the 21st Century. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 105-118. ISBN 9781802078404

Muir, Pauline. 2017. Sounds of Blackness? Struggles for Freedom in 21st Century Congregational Songs in South London. In: William Ackah; Jualynne E. Dodson and Drew Smith, eds. Religion, Culture and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 115-128. ISBN 9781138205840


Muir, Pauline. 2019. A Sound Ethnography. Studies in World Christianity, ISSN 1354-9901

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