Kathleen Coessens is philosopher and musician, whose research is situated at the crossings of science and art, human creativity and cultural representations, looked at from an embodied, epistemological and philosophical point of view. She graduated in piano and chamber music at the Conservatory of Brussels and the Ecole Cortot at Paris; at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, she studied philosophy, sociology and psychology.
She was awarded her doctorate in 2003 with her thesis, The human being as a cartographer - coping with the already epistemized world. A reworked publication will follow in the next year as The human being as a cartographer. She is now professor and post-doctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science), a Senior Researcher at the Orpheus Research Centre in Music, Ghent, and guest-professor at the Conservatory (Artesis Hogeschool), Antwerpen. She teaches 'semiotics', 'sociology of artistic practice' and 'arts and performance culture'. Co-author of The Artistic Turn - a manifesto, with Darla Crispin & Anne Douglas 2009.