Peer-Reviewed Humanities Academic Journal
Techne (pronunciation: ˈtɛkneɪ). A borrowing from Greek τέχνη. An art, skill, or craft; a technique, principle, or method by which something is achieved or created. Also: a product of this, a work of art (Oxford English Dictionary)
Techne is a student designed humanities journal. All of the content of this issue has been created and edited by students at Vancouver Technical Secondary High School in Vancouver, British Columbia which is situated on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
Techne grew out of conversations between Dale Martelli, director of the Flex Humanities Program at Vancouver Technical Secondary, and Lucie Price, a senior student. Mr. Martelli has been Lucie's philosophy teacher for the past five years. Mr. Martelli and Lucie wanted to find a way to showcase the work of humanities students at Vancouver Technical, particularly the work that developed out of Mr. Martelli's philosophy classroom. They also wanted to incorporate a process of peer review that would allow high school students to work with university students. Chloe McDonald joined Lucie in 2021 to form the editorial team that would make these ideas and ambitions come to life.
Our intention, as editors of this first issue of Techne, has been to create a discursive space in which students can develop work in collaboration with student mentors from the University of British Columbia. We issued the first call for submissions in the Fall of 2021 and we recruited the first team of peer reviewers to work with our contributors over the course of the year. This first volume of Techne publishes artwork, poetry and short stories. We hope that future issues will include academic essays as well. Please enjoy and please consider submitting to next year’s issue.
The editorial team would like to thank Dale Martelli, Nic Fillion, Hugh Coleman, as well as our amazing editors – both from Vancouver Technical secondary and from the University of British Columbia. We would also like to thank Simon Fraser University for its ongoing support, and for allowing us to use this platform (OJS) to showcase student work. Finally, we would like to thank all the amazing students who submitted work, without you and your work this journal would not be possible.