Western University HistoryWestern Social Science

James A. Flath

- Associate Professor

PhD, University of British Columbia, 2000
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84989
Email: jflath@uwo.ca
Office: Lawson Hall 2234
Office Hours:  Mondays 12:30-1:30pm and Wednesdays 11:30am-12:30pm

Research Interests

Professor Flath’s research focuses on Chinese print and popular culture, and on Chinese architectural heritage.

Major Research Projects

"My writing focuses on visual and material culture. My first monograph, The Cult of Happiness, looks at the world of the North China village through the medium of folk print (nianhua), and I’ve expanded on that theme through several additional articles. My second field is in museums, monuments and heritage conservation sites. My second monograph, Traces of the Sage, studies China’s principal monument to Confucius – Kong Temple in the sage’s hometown of Qufu. With the completion of that study I have begun to study the effect of natural and manmade disaster on Chinese architectural heritage."

Select Publications


Temple of Confucius Book Cover

Traces of the Sage: Monument, Materiality, and the First Temple of Confucius (University of Hawai`i Press, March 2016)

Beyond Suffering Book Cover

(with Norman Smith, eds) Beyond Suffering: War and Remembrance in Modern China (UBC Press, 2010).

Cult of Happiness Book Cover

The Cult of Happiness: Nianhua, Art and History in Rural North China (UBC Press, 2004).

The Cult of Happiness received the 2005/06 Raymond Klibansky Prize for the best Canadian English language scholarly work in the humanities

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