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.
Gender, race, digital media, South Asia, cities, migration, multimodality
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2020. The Globally Familiar: Digital hip hop and difference in Delhi. Durham, London: Duke University Press.
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2019. Poonam, Snighdha. 2018. Dreamers: How young Indians are Changing the World. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Review. American Ethnologist, 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. 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. 2014. Diasporic Sincerity: Tales from a 'returnee' researcher. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 21(2), pp. 152-167. ISSN 1070-289X
Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel and Shankar, Arjun I.. 2017. Multimodal Ethnography and the Possibilities for Engaged Anthropology.