Environment, Democracy, and Convivium



Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Convivium
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Environment; Democracy; Convivium
Description The title of this editorial must come as a surprise in a journal on the art of the medieval Mediterranean. When we began to include editorials in Convivium , our purpose was to provide space for the editors to discuss, beside the articles in the volume, broad topics vital for art history itself. Scholarship is closely linked to the world context in which it is conducted. In this volume’s “Chronicle & Debates” section, Michele Bacci announces a new discovery in the baptistery of the Nativity Church in Bethlehem. Bacci’s discovery, made just months ago, on 21 June 2019, would never have been possible if it were not for the ongoing political, cultural, and religious turmoil in the Levant. The Palestinian National Authority had made possible, since 2014, a dialogue between all the religious commu -nity present within the Nativity Church. Thanks to it and, after more than one and half century, restoration of the basilica began. It is in this very context, with the Palestinian National Authority acting as mediator between diverse Christian communities, that an extraordinary basin, dating probably to the sixth century, was discovered