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Youth and music in the city

24 November 2021, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Young man in tracksuit standing by a pull-up door posing. Photo by Breakreate on Unsplash

This webinar will focus on young people’s relationship with making music in the urban landscape.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Avril Keating

Presentation 1: Hiphopography as urban cartography

Some notes on shared study

Dr Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan, Goldsmiths, University of London  

In this talk Dr Dattatreyan will draw from his experiences running rap/poetry workshops with court-involved youth in New York City, before he entered the world of academia, to illustrate the possibilities of hiphopography as an urban cartographic method that maps the relationships and distances produced by anti-Black state violence.

Presentation 2: Scottish Hip-Hop? Challenging, interpreting and remaking youth culture(s)

A short discussion about Scottish culture, hip-hop culture and the ways that local and global culture(s) interact

Dr Dave Hook, Edinburgh Napier University

In this talk, Dr Hook will discuss his own experiences of making and being involved in hip-hop in Scotland. This provides opportunities to ask questions about people’s preconceptions about both hip-hop culture and Scottish culture, examining youth stereotypes in both, and challenging ideas that elements of each may be incompatible.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in youth studies, urban studyies, sociology, cultural studies, music and hip-hop.

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About the Speakers

Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan

Senior Lecturer at Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths

He holds a joint PhD in education and socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. His audio-visual and written research engages with the ways in which digital media consumption, production, and circulation shape understandings of migration, gender, race, and urban space.

Dr Dave Hook

Lecturer in Music at Edinburgh Napier University

Dr Hook is a rapper, poet, song-writer and music producer. He lectures in a range of subjects including lyric writing and analysis, recording studio theory and practice, mastering techniques and music production. His research focuses on hip-hop, rap lyricism, identity, culture and performance, through creative practice.

Winner of Best Hip-Hop at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2018, he has toured extensively throughout the UK and around the globe both as the lyricist and principal songwriter with alternative hip-hop group Stanley Odd, and as solo artist, Solareye. Stanley Odd’s most recent album, ‘Stay Odd’ was shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year 2021. 

His written poetry has been published in a range of publications including Gutter Magazine, Neu! Reekie!’s #UntitledTwo anthology, and Forty Voices Strong: An Anthology of Contemporary Scottish Poetry.