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Knowledge, Technique and Material Culture - Savoir, Technique et Culture Matérielle

Editor: Daniel Margocsy
Publishing Manager: Alexander Sterkens
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ISSN 2736-7452

Method of peer review
double-blind undertaken by a specialist member of the Board or an external specialist

Technique, savoir-faire, artefact, technologie, skill, tacit knowledge, technology, worldwide, Renaissance to Modern period

Accepted Language(s):
German, English, French, Italian, Spanish

Accepts Contributions in Open Access


The Techne series publishes books in all fields of history that examine the skills, techniques, technologies or material cultures of knowledge, including media. With an emphasis on the notion of “technique”, the series includes topics and approaches that go beyond the traditional history of technology.

Techniques and skills have been developed and employed by artisans and inventors, and are present in a wide variety of settings. They play a role in grinding natural materials to create dyes and paints, in the playing of musical instruments, in the intricate gestures of a magical performance, in the tacit knowledge involved in a scientific experiment, as well as in the spiritual techniques of many religions. The editors invite contributions that study techniques, skills and training regimes in a broad variety of fields and cultural domains.

Knowledge is often produced at the intersection of a diversity of material cultures that have developed around artefacts, natural objects, or even the human body. The editors encourage the combination of practice-based and material culture approaches and invite submissions with new analytical and historiographical approaches, including reflexive contributions to the historiography of techniques and studies of technique-related concepts.

The series welcomes book proposals that focus on the time period from the Renaissance up to the present. Studies of any geographical region are welcome. The editors are open to a variety of historiographic traditions, as well as to sociological, anthropological, ethnographic, and especially transdisciplinary approaches. The series publishes volumes in English, French, or German. We publish single- or multi-authored volumes, edited collections, as well as source editions.

Techne includes two subseries, each with a specific thematic focus:



    Founding Editor
    Koen Vermeir, CNRS

    Series Editors
    Dániel Margócsy, University of Cambridge

    Editorial Board
    Paola Bertucci, Yale University
    Lino Camprubí, Universidad de Sevilla
    Ludovic Coupaye, UCL London
    Sven Dupré, Utrecht University
    Ariane Fennetaux, Université de Paris
    Anne Gerritsen, University of Warwick
    Liliane Hilaire-Pérez, Université de Paris – EHESS
    Stéphane Lembré, Université Lille Nord de France
    Pamela H. Smith, Columbia University
    Viktoria Tkaczyk, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Simona Valeriani, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Annabel Vallard, CNRS
    Bing Zhao, CNRS


    Main languages: French, English

    All volumes in this series are evaluated by an Editorial Board, strictly on academic grounds, based on reports prepared by referees who have been commissioned by virtue of their specialism in the appropriate field. The Series Editors ensure that the screening is done independently and without conflicts of interest. The definitive texts supplied by authors are also subject to review by the Board before being approved for publication.

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The Royal Albert Hall

Building the Arts and Sciences Simona Valeriani
ISBN 978-2-503-60026-0 TECHNE 12 | 2024 € 75,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback) ISBN 978-2-503-61485-4 € 75,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

Global History of Techniques

(Nineteenth to Twenty-First Centuries) Guillaume Carnino, Liliane Hilaire-Perez, Jérôme Lamy (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-59151-3 TECHNE-GM 9 | 2024 € 120,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback) ISBN 978-2-503-60054-3 € 120,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

The Making of Technique in the Arts

Theories and Practice from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century Sven Dupré, Marieke Hendriksen (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-59899-4 TECHNE 11 | 2023 € 80,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback) ISBN 978-2-503-59900-7 € 80,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

Learning with Light and Shadows

Educational Lantern and Film Projection, 1860-1990 Nelleke Teughels, Kaat Wils (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-59904-5 TECHNE-MPH 8 | 2023 € 75,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback) ISBN 978-2-503-59905-2 (E-book)

Collective Wisdom

Collecting in the Early Modern Academy Anna Marie Roos, Vera Keller (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-58806-3 TECHNE 10 | 2022 € 85,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback) ISBN 978-2-503-58807-0 € 85,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

Faith in a Beam of Light

Magic Lantern and Belief in Western Europe, 1860–1940 Sabine Lenk, Natalija Majsova (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-59908-3 TECHNE-MPH 7 | 2022 € 75,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback) ISBN 978-2-503-59909-0 (E-book)

Science moderne, science globale : circulation et construction des savoirs entre Asie du Sud et Europe, 1650-1900

Kapil Raj
ISBN 978-2-503-58803-2 TECHNE-GM 6 | 2021 € 39,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback)

Objets nomades

Circulations matérielles, appropriations et formation des identités à l'ère de la première mondialisation, XVIe-XVIIIe siècles Ariane Fennetaux, Anne Marie Miller Blaise, Nancy Oddo (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-58707-3 TECHNE-GM 5 | 2021 € 65,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback)
César-François Cassini de Thury

Femmes, vulgarisation et pratique des sciences au siècle des Lumières

Les Dialogues sur l’astronomie et la Lettre sur la figure de la Terre de César-François Cassini de Thury David Aubin
ISBN 978-2-503-58603-8 TECHNE 4 | 2020 € 70,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback)

Giovanni Poleni (1683-1761) et l’essor de la technologie maritime au siècle des Lumières

Céline Le Gall
ISBN 978-2-503-58360-0 TECHNE 3 | 2019 € 105,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback) ISBN 978-2-503-58361-7 € 105,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

Perspective as Practice

Renaissance Cultures of Optics Sven Dupré (ed)
ISBN 978-2-503-58107-1 TECHNE 1 | 2019 € 100,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback) ISBN 978-2-503-58145-3 € 100,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

La vie chromatique des objets

Une anthropologie de la couleur de l’art contemporain Arnaud Dubois
ISBN 978-2-503-58321-1 TECHNE 2 | 2019 € 85,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback) ISBN 978-2-503-58322-8 € 85,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)