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LUDOVIC PIFFAUT - Ph.D. in Music

What is your professional / educational background and what is your Ph.D. Topic?
My dissertation is entitled “The Medieval Universe and its Figures of Representation in Italian Opera (1690 – 1730)”. I proposed to analyze medieval subjects in the Italian lyric genre between the 17th and 18th centuries. This study showed that the construction of an opera whose plot is medieval comes from traditions, patterns of thinking, and ideas inherited from Antiquity, the Middle Ages themselves and the 16th century.

How has the Ph.D. process been for you?
Now that I have defended, I can say that I made the right choice. In spite of uncertainty and difficulties, inherent to any research, I succeeded in finishing my project. I pushed my intellectual limits. Stress, finally, was a virtue.

What have you learned from this experience?
The dissertation is an experience that changes one's life. It affects daily life (the intensive work), behavior, even one's character, since it brings with it the patience necessary to finish this long work.

What advice would you give to a student who was considering a Ph.D.?
I sincerely believe that one should attempt a Ph.D. if one is motivated and curious. The dissertation demands a lot of investment, sacrifices, that one has to be ready to accept.

What are you doing now?
I am a qualified teacher in a middle school and I teach some classes at the University of Poitiers. I have a few leads as to post-doctoral positions in other countries. I hope that some of them will be possible.