Dr. Sandra Chatterjee

Dr. Sandra Chatterjee
Adjunct Postdoc Dance Studies

University of Salzburg, Unipark Nonntal
Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, Room 2.126, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 662 8044 4665
Fax.: +43 662 8044 4660

Research Interests

  • Dance and Performance Studies
  • Gender and Queer Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Migrations of artistic forms
  • Contemporary dance
  • 20th- and 21st-century contemporary and classic Indian dance,


Sandra Chatterjee studied “culture and performance” in Honolulu and Los Angeles (1998 Bachelor of Arts in Dance [with an emphasis on ethnology] at the Universitz of Hawai’i at Manoa; 2001 Master of Arts in Dance from University of California at Los Angeles). In 2005 she graduated from the PhD program in culture and performance at UCLA with the dissertaion “Undomesticated Bodies: South Asian Women Perform the Impossible. In 2009, she completed the post-graduate program “Culture and Organisation” [Kultur und Organisation] co-hosted by the University of Vienna and the Institut für Kulturkonzepte. Since 2012 she has been working in various capacities for the Department of Musicology and Dance Studies at the University of Salzburg: first as a postdoc for the FWF research project “Traversing the Contemporary (pl.), intermittently as a teaching adjunct for courses in dance studies, and currently as a postdoc for the FWF research project  “Border Dancing Across Time”. Sandra Chatterjee explores the intersections between theory and practice in her research, concentrating on performance and theatre studies, gender studies and postcolonial studies (since 1991 as a dancer of classical Indian dance, since 1998 as choreographer of contemporary dance). She is a founding member of Post Natyam Collective, a multi-national, internet-based group of choreographers and academics who engage with Southasian aesthetics critically through interdisciplinary work in dance, performance and video.


“Writing for Change: Critical Perspectives in Artistic and Scholarly Practices as Calls to Action.” In Routledge Handbook of Music and Migration: Theories and Methodologies. Edited by Wolfgang Gratzer, Nils Grosch, Ulrike Präger and Susanne Scheiblhofer. Routledge (Forthcoming 2023).

Nicole Haitzinger, Sandra B. Chatterjee and Franz Anton Cramer. “Remembering Nyota Inyoka: Queering Narratives of Dance, Archive, and Biography”. In Dance Research Journal Vol 54, Nr. 2 (2022), pp. 11-32.

“DANCING OUT OF TIME AND PLACE: Memory and choreography in the South Asian diaspora in Continental Europe.” In Routledge Handbook of Asian Diaspora and Development. Edited by A. K. Sahoo. London and New York: Routledge, 2021, pp. 346-358.