Studies of postcoloniality, globalization and diasporic studies are areas of extensive interest in the Department. A Postcolonial Studies Research Group was formed in 2004 by faculty in the Department to foster research on issues around postcolonial studies. The Group meets monthly to hear and critique papers and presentations. Papers are normally circulated a week ahead of the meeting so that presenters receive extensive feedback. The Group has evolved to include undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from several departments in the Faculty of Arts, visiting faculty and faculty from other nearby institutions. The wide-ranging interests of the Group are evident in recent topics presented: Displacement, Differentiation, Difference: The Reproduction of Culture and Space in Globalized China, The Absent Ethnic/West Indian in Mainstream Canadian Writings, Black Pills for National Sickness - Africa's Earliest Liberation Literature, Racism, Health and Wellness, and Contemporary Native Literature: Its Oral Context. Faculty in the English Department participating in the Postcolonial Studies Research Group are Clara Joseph, Pamela McCallum, Shaobo Xie, Aruna Srivastava, Chris Olbey, Jon Kertzer, and Pamela Banting.