Exchanges and Interactions in the Arts of Medieval Europe,
Byzantium, and the Mediterranean

Seminarium Kondakovianum Series Nova


Convivium revives the proud heritage of Seminarium Kondakovianum, the eponymous journal issued in Prague in 1927 by the Seminarium Kondakovianum, an institute founded to honor and perpetuate the legacy of Nikodim Kondakov. Largely through the journal, Kondakov’s pioneering scholarship in Byzantine and medieval studies was known and celebrated throughout the Russian and Czech milieu and Western Europe.

Resurrecting the spirit of Seminarium Kondakovianum, Convivium vigorously fosters the interests linking Eastern and Western Europe by emphasizing the cultural roots shared throughout the Mediterranean region. It covers an extensive time span, from the Early Christian period to the Late Middle Ages, which, in Central Europe, lasted well beyond the Italian Renaissance. With history of art as Convivium’s nucleus, the journal explores widely diverse subjects pertaining to images – objects and monuments, and the diverse forms of their creation, use, appreciation, or experience. Accordingly, its scope encompasses various disciplines allied with art history –  anthropology, archaeology, historiography, liturgy, and, of course, history itself. The editors’ aim is to ensure that Convivium provides a broad, clear insight into its topics and the research methods used to analyze them.

The scholars and institutions engaged in publishing Convivium represent several countries and disciplines, and therefore give the periodical diverse perspectives. The editorial board comprises noted scholars affiliated with Czech, Italian, French, Swiss, and American academic institutions. The journal is published collaboratively by the Centre for Early Medieval Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic’s Institute of Art History at the Academy of Sciences of, and the University of Lausanne.

Two regular editions of Convivium are issued every year, one focusing on a single, defined topic, the other on assorted subjects. These are supplemented with occasional additional issues concerning a specific event, geographic area, or historical or social phenomenon. Each issue has from five to fifteen articles, in one of four languages: English, French, Italian, or German. All articles are generously illustrated with high-quality, up-to-date images. Convivium is published in both printed and digital editions.

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Convivium team


Ivan Foletti (Masaryk University, Brno)


Klára Benešovská (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
Ivan Foletti (Masaryk University, Brno)
Herbert Kessler (Johns Hopkins University, Masaryk University, Brno)
Serena Romano (Université de Lausanne)
Elisabetta Scirocco (Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte)
and Hans Belting (Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe)

Editorial board:

Michele Bacci (Université de Fribourg)
Xavier Barral i Altet (Université de Rennes, Università di Venezia Ca' Foscari)
Nicolas Bock (Université de Lausanne)
Valentina Cantone (Università di Padova)
Clario di Fabio (Università di Genova)
Ondřej Jakubec (Masaryk University, Brno)
Xenia Muratova (Université de Rennes)
Assaf Pinkus (Tel Aviv University)
Jiří Roháček (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
Eric Thunø (University of New Jersey)
Alicia Walker (Bryn Mawr College)

Editorial Office: Executive editors:

Klára Doležalová
Karolina Foletti
Zuzana Frantová
Martin F Lešák
Leoš Mátl
Veronika Tvrzníková
Johanna Zacharias

Graphic design and typesetting:

Anna Kelblová
Berta K. Marešová
Petr Vronský

publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

The ethics statement of the journal Convivium is based on the Code of Conduct guidelines of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE), available at All the parties involved in publishing our journal (i.e. editors, authors, reviewers and publishers) are expected to adhere to the following ethical principles.

authors' guidelines

how to order

All issues of Convivium are available in printed as well as electronic format. You can order any issue directly through the webpage of our publisher Brepols.