Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan's primary interest lies in how various terms deployed to qualitatively describe human migration such as diaspora, transnationality, internal displacement, refugee and so on, are inhabited in the contemporary moment. Through his ethnographic engagements he explores how these terms can be theorized in ways that reveal the growing impact of digital communications technology in reworking how people on the move negotiate and understand their relationships in the world. He works through these theoretical concerns through multiple media with the belief that experimentations in form afford an opportunity to engage broader audiences, involve research interlocutors, and more reflexively engage with ethnography as a way of knowing.
Joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education, 2015. University of Pennsylvania
Dattatreyan is currently completing a monograph that engages with urban change in Delhi, India from the perspective of migrant youth who live in the margins of the city's burgeoning economy. Specifically, he explores how the diverse groups of young people he got to know in Delhi's urban villages are utilizing digital technology and globally circulating popular cultural forms as a way to participate in the collective reimagining of the city. His next project explores the Pan-African enclaves of Delhi. Through film, photo, and text, Dattatreyan documents the ways in which the students, entrepreneurs and refugees who reside in these enclaves imagine and experience their relationship to India, to Delhi, to their respective nation- states, and to Africa.
Small Frame Politics: Pulbic performance in the digital age
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2017. Small Frame Politics: Pulbic performance in the digital age. In: Sahana Udupa and Stephen D. McDowell, eds. Media as Politics in South Asia. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138289437
Cultural Interventions: Repositioning hip hop in India
Singh, Jaspal and Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2016. Cultural Interventions: Repositioning hip hop in India. Linguistics and Education, 36, pp. 55-64. ISSN 0898-5898
Waiting Subjects: Social Media–InspiredSelf-Portraits as Gallery Exhibition in Delhi, India
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2015. Waiting Subjects: Social Media–InspiredSelf-Portraits as Gallery Exhibition in Delhi, India. Visual Anthropology Review, 31(2), pp. 134-146. ISSN 1058-7187
Diasporic Sincerity: Tales from a 'returnee' researcher
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2014. Diasporic Sincerity: Tales from a 'returnee' researcher. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 21(2), pp. 152-167. ISSN 1070-289X