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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