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.



Ivan Foletti


Klára Benešovská (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
Ivan Foletti (Université de Lausanne, 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)

Our team:

Ivan Foletti
Karolina Foletti
Zuzana Frantová
Anna Kelblová
Monika Kučerová
Francesco Lovino
Kristýna Marešová
Adrien Palladino
Veronika Tvrzníková
Johanna Zacharias


Convivium is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and takes all possible measures against any malpractices in publication and quality of articles. All of the parties involved (i.e. editors, authors and reviewers) are expected to conform to the following ethical principles.


Editors strive to meet the needs of readers and authors, ensure the quality of published content, champion freedom of expression and maintain the integrity of academic record. Accordingly, editors evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit and relevance to the scope of the journal. Editors provide the authors with relevant guidelines and review their instructions regularly. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper will not be used by the editors or the members of the advisory board for their own research purposes without the author’s explicit written consent. Editors inform the authors about the process of double-blind peer review evaluation and uphold its objective and fair conduct. Editors ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions and they provide guidance to reviewers on everything that is expected of them including the need to handle submitted material in confidence. Editors encourage the reviewers to comment on the originality of submissions, to be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism and to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission. Editors ensure the protection of the peer reviewers’ identity and maintain the confidentiality of the material submitted to the journal while under review.Editors will take responsive measures in case of an encounter with any ethical complaints concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper as a matter of priority.


Authors should ensure that they submit only entirely original work. If any work and/or words of others have been used, this has to be appropriately acknowledged. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should also be cited. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit the same manuscript or articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal concurrently. Manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere cannot be submitted. In addition, manuscripts under review by the journal should not be re-submitted to copyrighted publications. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication. All pertinent sources of financial support for a project enabling the creation of the manuscript should be disclosed. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in her/his own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editors or publisher and to cooperate with the editors to retract or correct the paper in form of an erratum.


The peer-reviewing process assists the editors and the advisory board in making editorial decisions and may also serve the author in improving the paper. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse her/himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors or institutions connected to the paper. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments. Reviewers should identify cases in which relevant published work referred to in the paper has not been cited in the reference section. They should point out whether observations or arguments derived from other publications are accompanied by the respective source. Reviewers should notify the editor of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

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