Gabriel Dattatreyan

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Anthropology
Email g.dattatreyan (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 0207 919 5009
Gabriel Dattatreyan

Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan’s audio-visual and written work engages with the ways in which digital media consumption, production, and circulation shape understandings of migration, gender, race, and urban space. His forthcoming monograph, titled The Globally Familiar: Digital hip hop, masculinity and urban space in Delhi (Duke University Press), narrates the stories of Delhi’s young working class and migrant men as they productively re-fashion themselves and their city through their online and offline aesthetic practices. Dattatreyan has also published articles exploring digital media worlds in relation to, amongst other themes and concepts, waiting, memory, masculinity, postcolonial solidarity, and global racial formations. His work has appeared in Culture, Communication, and Critique, Wide Screen, Identities, American Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Visual Anthropology Review, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (CSSAAME). He has screened his films and exhibited his audio-visual work in various venues including the Tasveer International Film Festival, Ethnografilm, Mustard Seed Film Festival, Bow International Arts, Khoj International Arts, TIFA – Pune, The RAI (Royal Anthropological Institute) and the Slought Foundation. 

Research Interests

Gender, race, digital media, South Asia, cities, migration, multimodality

Publications

Book

The Globally Familiar: Digital hip hop and difference in Delhi.
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2020. The Globally Familiar: Digital hip hop and difference in Delhi. Durham, London: Duke University Press.

Book Section

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

Article

Multimodal Anthropology and the Politics of Invention
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel and Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2019. Multimodal Anthropology and the Politics of Invention. American Anthropologist, ISSN 0002-7294

Archiving Postcolonial Modernity: The Foreign Service Family Slide Show
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2018. Archiving Postcolonial Modernity: The Foreign Service Family Slide Show. Cultural Anthropology, ISSN 0886-7356

Policing the sensible in the era of YouTube: Urban villages and racialized subjects in Delhi, India
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2018. Policing the sensible in the era of YouTube: Urban villages and racialized subjects in Delhi, India. TV and New Media,

In the Dark all Cats are Black
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel and Orrantia, Juan. 2018. In the Dark all Cats are Black. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 38(2), pp. 412-440. ISSN 1089-201X

Critical hip hop cinema: Racial logics and ethnographic ciphas in Delhi, India
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2018. Critical hip hop cinema: Racial logics and ethnographic ciphas in Delhi, India. Wide Screen, 7(1), ISSN 1757-3920

Multimodal Ethnography and the Possibilities for Engaged Anthropology
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel and Shankar, Arjun I.. 2017. Multimodal Ethnography and the Possibilities for Engaged Anthropology. Anthropology News, 57(10), e76-e80. ISSN 1541-6151

Gazing and Talking Back
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2016. Gazing and Talking Back. Cultural Anthropology, ISSN 0886-7356

The Echo of Things: The Lives of Photographs in the Solomon Islands. Christopher Wright Durham: Duke University Press, 2013. 221 pp. [Review]
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2016. The Echo of Things: The Lives of Photographs in the Solomon Islands. Christopher Wright Durham: Duke University Press, 2013. 221 pp. [Review]. American Anthropologist, ISSN 0002-7294

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

Hard Kaur: Broadcasting the new Desi woman
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2015. Hard Kaur: Broadcasting the new Desi woman. Communication, Culture, and Critique, 18(1), pp. 20-36. ISSN 1753-9129

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

Film/Video

Dr. Trash
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2018. Dr. Trash.