27 October 2023, Kasteel Ter Beken, Gent, Belgium
Last Friday marked the culmination of my PhD journey.
Looking back, it has been a happy experience – one that nurtured me over 5 years to be more focused and resilient.
I wish to express my sincere thanks to my supervisors Volkmar Muehleis, Jan Peeters and Steven Malliet for their guidance throughout these years. I am very grateful to the examiners Dr. Simon Van Damme (Dean of the Associated Faculty of the Arts, director of LUCA School of Arts), Prof. dr. Anna Kisiel (Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven), Dr. Annelies Monseré (LUCA School of Arts, Ghent/Brussel) and Prof. dr. Swantje Lichtenstein (University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf) for making my defense a mental workout.
Many thanks to my family for encouraging me to follow my intuition. Their unfailing trust has been a significant source of motivation for me.
*Video by Sara Maino: https://vimeo.com/878936445