Daniel Keyes

(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


“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.


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).

“Once Upon a Jungian: Reading Film and Television Narratives as Quests for Happiness.” Review of The Happiness Illusion: How the Media Sold Us a Fairytale, edited by Luke Hockley and Nadi Fadina, PsycCRITIQUES, vol. 61, no. 10, article 2 (7 March 2016).

“Film Studies: Taking Freud to the Death Drive-In.” review of Embodied Encounters: New Approaches to Psychoanalysis and Cinema, edited by Agnieszka Piotrowska. PsycCRITIQUES 60.33, article 3 (17 August 2015).

“Bromance: The Bachelor Machine Version 2.0” review of Reading the Bromance: Homosocial Relationships in Film and Television, edited by Michael DeAngelis, vol. 60, no. 14, article 5 (6 April 2015).

“Film Studies: Psychological Orthodoxies and the Unconscious Viewer” review of Visible Mind: Movies, Modernity and the Unconscious by Christopher Hauke. PsycCRITIQUES vol. 59, no. 32, article 8 (11 August 2014).

“Read This Review and Earn Easy Cash!” review of Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet by Finn Brunton, PsycCRITIQUES, no. 59, vol. 19, article 7 (12 May 2014.)

“Screening American Millennial Masculinities,” review of Millennial Masculinity: Men in Contemporary American Cinema, edited by Timothy Shary, PsycCRITIQUES, vol. 58, no. 34. article 6 (21 August 2013).


The Flash-Based Archive of Interactive Documentary in Canada: Update or Die

ENGL 522, ENGL 493M, CULT 400M Term II T-Th 11 am-12:30 pm

This course focuses on a few of the 41 interactive documentary [idocs] produced by the National Film Board of Canada [NFB] on the Adobe Flash platform between 2008 and 2014 during Stephen Harper prime ministerial era in federal politics (2006-2015). These Adobe Flash-based idocs like Gods’ Lake Narrows (2011),  Welcome to Pine Point (2011), Soldier Brother (2011), Bear 71  (2012), Similkameen Crossroads (2013), Fort McMoney (2013-14), and Bubble Dancers (2014) offer glimpses into how this institution shaped representations of Canada for Canadians to access on their computers and smart phones. Sometime in 2020, Adobe promises it will remove all support for its hacker vulnerable Flash player, meaning these idocs will be inaccessible. This course explores issues relating to this disappearing archive of “new” old media.


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