Dr Gabriel Dattatreyan

Staff details

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

Dr. Gabriel Dattatreyan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. He convenes the BA in Anthropology and Visual Practice and is the Co-Director of the Centre for Visual Anthropology. He serves on the Board of Goldsmiths Press and coordinates the Migration Research Network.

Academic qualifications

  • Joint PhD. Anthropology & Education, University of Pennsylvania 2015

Teaching and Supervision

Research interests

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.

Publications

Book

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

Book Section

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2019. Circulating ethnographic films in the digital age. In: Phillip Vannini, ed. Routledge Handbook of Ethnographic Film and Video. Abingdon: Routledge.

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2017. Small Frame Politics. In: Sahana Udupa and Stephen D. McDowell, eds. Media as Politics in South Asia. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138289437

Article

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2019. Policing the “Sensible” in the Era of YouTube: Urban Villages and Racialized Subjects in Delhi. Television & New Media, ISSN 1527-4764

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2019. Poonam, Snighdha. 2018. Dreamers: How young Indians are Changing the World. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Review. American Ethnologist, 46(3), pp. 357-358. ISSN 0094-0496

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel and Marrero-Guillamón, Isaac. 2019. Multimodal Anthropology and the Politics of Invention. American Anthropologist, 121(1), pp. 220-228. ISSN 0002-7294

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

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

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

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

Singh, Jaspal and Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2016. Cultural Interventions: Repositioning hip hop in India. Linguistics and Education, 36, pp. 55-64. ISSN 0898-5898

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2015. Waiting Subjects: Social Media–Inspired Self-Portraits as Gallery Exhibition in Delhi, India. Visual Anthropology Review, 31(2), pp. 134-146. ISSN 1058-7187

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

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

Digital

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel and Shankar, Arjun I.. 2017. Multimodal Ethnography and the Possibilities for Engaged Anthropology.

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2016. Gazing and Talking Back.

Film/Video

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2019. Cry Out Loud.

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

Further profile content

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