Goa - An Internal Exotic in South Asia

Discourses of Colonialism and Tourism

Pamila Gupta, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Johannesburg


Pamila Gupta is a Researcher at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a PhD in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Columbia University, New York.

Some of her recent publications include:

  • "Introduction: Islandness in the Indian Ocean" in P. Gupta, I. Hofmeyr and M. Pearson, eds. Eyes Across the Water: Navigating the Indian Ocean (Unisa Press and Penguin India, 2010)
  • "A Voyage of Convalescence: Richard Burton and the Imperial Ills of Portuguese India" South African Historical Journal, 61(4): 802-816(2009)
  • "Le Futur de la Nostalgie, ou Rumination sur les Ruines" Écologie & Politique (37): 87-90 (2008)
  • "The Disquieting of History: Portuguese (De)Colonization and Goan Migration in the Indian Ocean" Journal of Asian and African Studies, 44(1): 19-48
  • "‘Signs of Wonder': The Postmortem Travels of Francis Xavier in the Indian Ocean World," in A. Jamal and S. Moorthy, eds. Indian Ocean Studies: Cultural, Social and Political Perspectives (Routledge Press, Indian Ocean Series, 2010)
  • "Introduction; The Life of the Corpse: Framing Reflections and Questions" Co-Author and Editor with Deborah Posel, Special Issue, African Studies, 68:3 (December 2009): 299-309.

Her areas of interest include: history and anthropology of South Asia, Mozambique and South Africa; Portuguese colonial and missionary history; Indian Ocean studies(migration, islands); Postcolonial studies and Visual cultures; heritage and tourism studies; corporeality, cults, and tate pageantry; and historical anthropology.