Daniel Keyes, PhD

(He, Him, His)

Associate Professor

Cultural Studies, English, English and Cultural Studies
Other Titles: English and Cultural Studies
Office: CCS 344
Phone: 250.807.9320
Email: daniel.keyes@ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Whiteness, Anglo-Settler Identity, Okanagan, Digital Ephemerality.

Courses & Teaching

English and Cultural Studies with emphasis on film and television studies


Dr. Keyes served as the founding chair of UBC Okanagan’s Cultural Studies program from 2007-2010 and again from 2015-2018.  Additionally, He served as the interim Director of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program (2009-2011).

His doctoral research focused on how testimonial performance inflected itself in 1990s daytime talkshow on American and Canadian television. His current research focus on 1. place studies with a focus on the Okanagan as occupied settler space, 2. archival media studies relating to digital ephemerality.

Much of Dr. Keyes teaching focuses on the analysis of visual culture. In most of his courses, he offers students choices in assignments that blend creative and critical approaches that aims to have students grasp and appreciate complexity.


B.A. (Hons), Trent University; M.A. English, York University; Ph.D. English, York University

Selected Publications & Presentations


White Space: Race, Privilege, and the Cultural Economies of the Okanagan Valley. UBC Press. 2021. Co-edited with Luis Aguiar.

  • Introduction pp. 3-11.
  • Chapters 2 N-Toe Mountain: Colouring Hinterland Fantasies pp. 55-77.
  • Chapter 3 Nkwala: Colouring Hinterland Fantasies with the Indigenous pp. 79-90.
  • Chapter 10 Okanagan in Print: Exalting Typographical Heimlich Fantasies of Entrepreneurial Whiteness pp. 219-244.


“Green and White Space Invaders: New Urbanism in the Okanagan, British Columbia.” Home Cultures: The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic, vol. 21, no. 1, 2015, pp. 83-110.

“Whites Singing “Indian” in British Columbia in the 1950s”. THEATRE RESEARCH IN CANADA-RECHERCHES THEATRALES AU CANADA, vol. 31, no. 1, 2011. pp. 30 – 63.

Book chapters

Fubar II: Just Give’r Again and the Limits of White Privilege in the Oil/Tar Sands. Energy in Literature: Essays on Energy and Its Social and Environmental Implications in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Texts. Edited by Paula Farca, TrueHeart Press, 2015. pp. 145-160.

The Big Lebowski: The Gulf War and Mediated Memory.” Lebowski 101: Limber-minded Investigations into the Greatest Story Ever Blathered. Edited by Oliver Benjamin, Abide, 2014, pp.75-84.

“The Television Screen as Literature”. From Text to Txting [sic]: New Media in the Classroom. Edited by Paul Budra and Clint Burnham. Indiana, 2012, pp. 69-96.

“South Park: Saddam and Canada”. The Deep End of South Park: Critical Essays on Television’s Shocking Cartoon Series. Edited by Leslie Stratyner, and James, R. Keller. McFarland, 2009. pp. 139-156.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Associate with Centre for Culture, Identity & Education, UBC Vancouver.

Board Member, Inner Fish Theatre Society

UBC Okanagan AMP Lab

UBC Vancouver Centre for Culture, Identity and Education

Jury Member Okanagan Student Film Festival


Review of Cosmopolitics of the Camera: Albert Kahn’s Archives of the Planet by Trond Erik Bjorli and Kjetil Ansgar Jakobsen (rfd). Visual Studies, vol. 36,  no. 4-5, October 2021, pp. 577-579. DOI: 10.1080/1472586X.2021.1950047.

Review of Patricia R. Zimmerman, and Helen De Michiel’s Open Space New Media Documentary: a Toolkit for Theory and Practice. Routledge, 2018 for Visual Studies 12 November 2020. Vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 72-74

Review of The Off-Screen: An Investigation of the Cinematic Frame by Eyal Peretz.  Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. vol. 46, no 4, 2019,

Review of Real Talk: Reality Television and Discourse Analysis in Action by Lorenzo-Dus, Nuria and Pilar Garcės-Conejos Blitvich (eds). Discourse & Society, vol. 29, no. 1, 19 January 2018, pp. 111-113.

Review of Digital Humanities: Knowledge and Critique in a Digital Age by David M. Berry and Anders Fagerjord. PsycCRITIQUES, vol. 62, no. 50, article 16. (18 December 2017).

“Joy: Neoliberal Phallic Fantasies in the Postfeminist Biopic.” Review of Joy (2015) by David O. Russell (Director). PsycCRITIQUES, vol. 61, no. 51, article 3. (19 December 2016).

“Post, Mine, and Be Disturbed: Social Media Data Mining.” Review of Post, Mine, Repeat: Social Media Data Mining Becomes Ordinary by Helen Kennedy. PsycCRITIQUES, vol. 61, no. 51, article 3. (19 December 2016).


Cultural Studies 101: Methods

I will offer Cultural Studies 101 in Fall 2022 [section 02] and Spring 2022 [section 102]. This course aims to introduce you to Cultural Studies theories and methods by exploring how theory resonates with your lived experiences and identity. I hope this course provides a space for us to collectively contemplate how cultural and social norms shift over time contemplating differences like class, race, nation, abilities, age, gender and sexuality. This course fulfills the critical thinking requirement of the Bachelor Arts degree.

CULT 315/ENGL 376: Television Studies (Thursdays Fall 2022)

This course blends creative and critical making focussing on “television” as this flexible term that 30 years ago referred to a static box in most middle-class living rooms. Today television can refer to not just a box but a complex set of possibilities and practices. This course studies how broadcast regimes whether regular linear broadcasters like CBC and CTV in Canada or streaming video broadcaster like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, etc.  shape and are shaped by genre, viewers’ habits, regulators, transglobal economics, and the affordances of media platforms. You will write and post autoethnographic [a.k.a. short essays] reflecting on your experiences with screen culture and the readings in the course that will be shared with the class and form much of the course’s exploratory learning. Additionally, this course has a substantive team assignment where you working with three or four other students will produce a 30-second public broadcast announcement for the folks at the mental health students support office called Thrive. Students will pitch, storyboard, shoot, edit, broadcast this content, and reflect on the process of being a maker/broadcaster. This production will involve hands on training provided by UBC O Studios.

CULT 401: Topics in Media Studies (Monday and Wednesday Spring 2023)

This version of CULT 401 has the bespoke title Digital Afterlives: Archival Media Theories and Practices. You will engage with archival media theory and the practice of using and supporting digital archives.  This course surveys the access and preservation challenges facing born-digital screen culture in an age of digital abundance with a particular focus on Canadian-made screen materials. With the support of the instructor, students will pursue hands on research with digital objects exploring official archival databases (e.g., National Film Board of Canada, Library and Archives Canada, FCCS’s archive), Academic databases (e.g., Canadian Women Film Directors Database, LOCKSS Archive, Corona Haikus), Activists databases (e.g., Filmsincolour.ca [now defunct]), commercial databases (e.g., Canadian Media Fund’s YouTube channel Encore+,  Made-nous.ca, northernstars.ca, TIFF.net) and counter or rogue archives (e.g., Internet.org’s Wayback machine, Pirates Bay, Torrents). You will generate a substantive independent research project.


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