Joan L. Erdman

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies; Research Associate


Columbia College Chicago


Mailing Address

Department of Liberal Education
Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 312-344-7530
fax: 312-344 8061 to my attention

Countries of Specialization



Ph.D. and M.A. from The University of Chicago,

B.A. from Radcliffe College of Harvard University.

Research Interests

Work focuses on cultural policy and performing arts in India.

Currently working on a full-length manuscript entitled Art Deco Dancer: Uday Shankar and the Oriental Dance


Stages: The Art and Adventures of Zohra Segal (1996),

Arts Patronage in India (editor)(1992),

Patrons and Performers in Rajasthan: The Subtle Tradition (1985),

"Dance discourses: rethinking the history of the 'oriental dance'" (in Gay Morris, ed., Re-Writing Dance, 1996),

General Editor of a new Encyclopedia of World (5 volumes) to be published in 2009.

"Performance as Translation: Uday Shankar in the West" (TDR 1985);

"The Empty Beat: Khali as a Sign of Time" (American Journal of Semiotics)


cultural policy ; performing arts ; India ; oriental dance ; Rajasthan ; Zohra Segal.