At the centre of a vast maritime network, Old Goa functioned as a vital space of encounter and cultural exchanges during the Early Modern period. These exchanges left a wide array of marks upon the city's socio-cultural identities, urban shape, and built-up heritage.
During the Early Modern period, the port city of Old Goa became the node of a vast and diverse maritime network, further connected overland to the regional capitals of southern India. The city's society evolved through the encounter of Asian, European and African cultures, negotiating a wide diversity of identities and practices within the colonial and frontier framework of its Portuguese period. These cross-cultural exchanges also influenced Old Goa's cityscape and built-up heritage, as architecture and art in particular assumed a strong visual rhetoric. Compromise and adaptation at various levels permeated experimentations in conversion, stratification and segregation, as the city developed into the gateway and capital of Christian missionary enterprise in Asia. And as Old Goa entered a long period of decline from the early 17th century onwards, eventually leading to its ruin and abandonment, its wanes reflected those of the Estado da Índia in general, as it dealt with the challenges of European and Indian rivals. This panel welcomes papers that address these issues, focusing on the history and heritage of Old Goa, in its broadest senses, through multidisciplinary perspectives. Of particular relevance are themes relating cultural encounter, exchange and compromise to the city's culture and its built environment, within the context of its maritime network. Themes addressing the city's decline and abandonment process are also welcome, as are those that focus on issues related to the study and conservation of its heritage.