1st Edition

Pedagogy of Global Events Insights from Concerts, Film Festivals and Social Network Happenings

    140 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    140 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Pedagogy of Global Events explores a relatively new phenomenon of cultural events—concerts, media experiences, and film series—designed to bring attention to global problems and spark action. This case-based analysis addresses a range of events to consider questions about what it means to educate the wider public about significant global challenges, the meaning and limits of these efforts, and how media refracts these experiences. The analyses are informed by data collected from organizers of special events, participants in attendance, those viewing online or after-the-fact through media representations, as well as through a careful analysis of web artifacts created by and in response to the events. By offering rare empirical analyses of global events, this book is valuable reading for organizers and attendees alike.

    1. Introduction: Global Events and Public Pedagogy

    2. A Brief History of the Global Event

    3. Global Concerts: More Music, Less Message

    4. Viewing, Not Doing: Film Festivals on Global Problems

    5. At-Home Events: Global Engagement in the Twenty-First Century?

    6. Learnings from Global Events


    Timothy J. Patterson is Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA.

    William Gaudelli is Dean of Education and Vice Provost for Innovation in Education at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA.

    "Pedagogy of Global Events is highly relevant to today's debates on 21 st century engagement to meet the broader sustainable development agenda. Drawing from insights into media and reception studies, public pedagogy and global citizenship education, Tim Patterson and William Gaudelli offer a critical foundation on the interaction of learning, events and global issues. A remarkable contribution to the scholarship of global citizenship education and a timely and necessary book."

    --Dr. Frauke Matz, Chair of English Language Education, Department of English, University of Münster, Germany

    "Global citizenship education is both a deeply aspirational and deeply contested concept. Many attempts to promote GCEd reinforce hegemonic and colonial relations of power and fail to engage with the complexities and complicities at the heart of today’s most pressing issues. This book raises a pedagogy for global events to scrutiny and asks what we have or have not learned from the mechanisms for raising awareness of global issues in popular culture over the past several decades."

    -- Dr. Karen Pashby, Professor of Global Citizenship Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, England

    "How do we cultivate, both inside and outside of the classroom, an aspirational and future-pointing global learning? Drawing from their own global perspective origin story, Patterson and Gaudelli challenge us to rethink what global education looks like by introducing "global events pedagogy". It's a breakthrough in exploring how public events like concerts, film festivals, and social media can mediate global awareness and ignite action on our world’s most pressing issues."

    -- Dr. Brad Maguth, Professor, Social Studies Education, The University of Akron, USA