Pamila Gupta is a Senior Researcher at WISER(Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a PhD in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. She has published in South African Historical Journal, African Studies, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Ler História, Ecologie & Politique,and Public Culture, and is the co-editor of EyesAcross the Water: Navigating the Indian Ocean with Isabel Hofmeyr and Michael Pearson(UNISA, 2010). Her monograph entitled The Relic State: St. Francis Xavier and the Politics of Ritual in Portuguese India is forthcoming with Manchester University Press (2014). Her research interests include connecting Lusophone India (Goa) and Africa, islandness in the Indian Ocean, ethnographies of decolonization, heritage tourism and visual cultures.