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Darren Blakeborough

Darren Blakeborough, MA

Assistant Professor

School of Culture, Media, and Society

Abbotsford campus, B350A

Phone: 604-557-7441 ext. 4195

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Darren is a graduate of the University College of the Fraser Valley with an Associate of Arts in Media and Communication Studies, a BA in Sociology and an extended minor in theatre studies.  His Master's degree in Communication Studies was acquired at the University of Calgary where he looked at media representations of aging in our culture and utilized television's The Simpsons for his case study. Darren is a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary.   


PhD Candidate, University of Calgary

MA, University of Calgary

BC, University of the Fraser Valley

Teaching Interests

MACS 110 Intro to Communication Theory
MACS 130 Mass Communication in Canada
MACS 210 History of Communication
MACS 215 Advertising as Social Communication
MACS 221 Media and Popular Cultures
MACS 230 Cultural Industries in Canada
MACS 299C Wrestling With Culture
MACS 299D Zombies on the Brain: Pop Culture & The Living Dead
MACS/SOC 337 Taste and Culture
MACS/SOC 385 Television and Social Values: The Simpsons
MACS 460 /SOC 460 Issues in the Information Society
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology
SOC 215 Socialization
SOC 230 The Individual and Society
SOC 299C Aging and Culture
SOC 399E Sociology of Aging
THEA 111 Acting I
THEA 112 Acting II

Research Interests

Darren's primary research areas are popular culture, technology, and social gerontology. He has published several articles on aging and in 2009 published his book “Old people are useless”: Representations of Aging on The Simpsons. He recently finished a collaborative research project that looked at the cognitive and physiological benefits to a group of in-care elders from their participation in weekly dance classes with a group of local grade 3 students. He also produced and directed a documentary film of the project titled “They’re not scary”: An intergenerational dance project. He is currently editing a new documentary that looks at Chilliwack’s Happy Tappers, a local dance troupe. Darren often wonders how he ever gets anything accomplished considering how much television he watches.   


Sport, Canadian Television, and Professional Wrestling: The economics of "liveness"

  • Screen Studies Conference: Glasgow, Scotland
  • June 2017

"They're not Scary!": An Intergenerational Dance Project 

  • British Society of Gerontology: Swansea, Wales
  • July 2017
  • Ft. Shelly Canning/UFV Nursing

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“In CERA, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Dr. Lesley Jessiman. I’d always had an interest on the social aspects of aging. I remember being in Lesley’s classroom (Adulthood and Aging) and realizing I could do research on this. It was almost a perfect fit.” 


-Larissa Kowalski

UFV grad, Sociology with a concentration in Social Research and extended minor in Psychology.

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