Against mastery: teaching and thinking in the neoliberal university

12 September 2023, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

UCL Sarah Parker Remond Centre and Kings College London warmly invite you to a talk by Dr Pavan Mano on "Against mastery: teaching and thinking in the neoliberal university". This talk is part of the "Tackling the BAME/BIPOC Awarding Gap" project.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to





Dr Mazal Oaknín


Room G12 (Council Room)
South Wing
UCL Bloomsbury campus

This talk is a meditation on the challenges of teaching within the confines of the university. Where confines ought to be understood as more than merely the physical limits of the campus but also its psychic limits. As a function of the neoliberal structures within which we are compelled to operate, what are the forms of duress placed on teaching and learning particularly in relation to the expression, articulation, and recognition of thinking? If we accept that the awarding gap is – partly, at least – the result of elevating a specific expression of intellectual work as the paradigmatic form of thinking, perhaps one way of responding to it is to begin creating some institutional space for different expressions. After all, the question of assessment is essentially one of recognizing thinking – and all questions of recognition are inextricably bound up with notions of form. Reflecting on my own teaching in three different institutions, as well as conversations with colleagues, students, and teachers working in a broadly similar humanistic tradition, I want to suggest the importance of expanding the forms of intellectual work that are recognized as legitimate articulations of thought – and consider the potential difficulties in doing so.

The talk will take place on Tuesday 12th September.

Time: 12–1 pm
Venue: UCL, Bloomsbury Campus – South Wing, Room G12 (Council Room)

This is a hybrid event, to join online please use the following link:
Zoom link: https://ucl.zoom.us/j/92125150261

About the Speaker

Dr Pavan Mano

Pavan Mano is Lecturer in Global Cultures and Interdisciplinary Education in the Department of Liberal Arts at King’s College London. He is a cultural theorist working in the fields of contemporary literature and cultural studies. His current research focuses on nationalism’s continual generation of outsider figures and its intersections with race, gender, and sexuality, and his forthcoming monograph examines heteronormativity as a modality for the transmission of nationalism in postcolonial settings.