The first time I had the opportunity to teach was in AY 2010/11 when I was invited by Prof. Oleg Georgiev (Sofia University, Department of Philosophy) to lead the reading seminars associated with his course The Liberal Arts and the Middle Ages. I was given the freedom to redesign the seminar format and to amend the program’s content so as to bring my knowledge of Byzantium which was, up to this point, little reflected in the course syllabus.
At the time, Sofia University was still in the process of implementing an electronic course management system, so course materials as well as any kind of organizational information, was transmitted through the participants’ private e-mails addressed and in person, in the class room. Thus, I decided to organize and enrich the teaching and learning process by creating a course blog which I used to share tutorials on academic writing related to the written assignments; to organize, advertise and document the mini-conferences the students and I organized; to share relevant information from the fields of the classics, late antique, medieval, Byzantine, and Renaissance studies, but also to inform the students about changes in the schedule or about their grades.
Now that my teaching is over, I still maintain the blog. One the one hand, I believe it is important to share the knowledge and experience of my students with all those who sign up for the course in subsequent years and are interested in the medieval culture. It is equally important, on the other hand, to share information and opinions with colleagues in Bulgaria and worldwide. It is true, however, that 7artesliberales is in need of a ‘revamping’ and of new voices. Thus, following the upcoming redesign of the website, I will launch a call for contributors, so stay tuned 🙂