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And that is your chance


“La navegación alpina ilustra dos de los grandes desafíos de navegación a los que se enfrenta la humanidad: las montañas despiadadas y el indómito océano”. (Rob Gonçalves, 2017). Imagen de eberhard grossgasteiger en Pexels.

Licking the sparkles


and drinking the ashes


you build a wild carriage,

riding the lightings


and hitting


the storm.


You are a loose angle


the shadow at midday


a poisonous flower


rejecting designs.






powder and scissors.


A cloud of black beaks


eroding your heart.


There's a deep horse of fire


with teeth made of iron


and steel in their eyes.


A vehicle of all vectors,


a road that's not blinding


and that


is your chance.

Photo 1 - Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López.
Dr Cristina Blanco Sío-López

Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López is EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Global Fellow and Principal Investigator (PI) of the research project ‘Navigating Schengen: Historical Challenges and Potentialities of the EU’s Free Movement of Persons, 1985-2015’ (NAVSCHEN) at the European Studies Center (ESC) – EU Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence (JMEUCE) of the University of Pittsburgh from 2019 to 2021. She will then join the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. NAVSCHEN will produce the first dedicated critical historical analysis on the transnational roots, debates and conditions for the implementation of the EU’s free movement of persons. The project will address the empowering value of these normative legacies to tackle current challenges to human mobility rights in the European integration process, including its global governance reverberations.  

She previously was Assistant Professor in European Culture and Politics at the University of Groningen and ‘Santander’ Senior Fellow in European Studies at the European Studies Centre (ESC) – St. Antony’s College of the University of Oxford, where she remains a Senior Member. 

She is a Full Member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), after the five years Award of the German National Academy of Sciences ‘Leopoldina’. She is also co-Director of the ‘Global Passport for Scholars’ (GPS) Initiative at the GYA and Member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), which she has been invited to represent at the World Science Forum (WSF)

She obtained her PhD in History and Civilization (European Integration History) at the European University Institute of Florence (EUI), for which she received the FAEY Best PhD Thesis European Research and Mobility Award 2008. 

She coordinated and participated in numerous international research projects, conferences and peer-reviewed publications in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Her research and publications focus on European Integration History — with an accent on enlargement policy temporalities and the Schengen area fundamental rights — Global Governance, Comparative Regional Integration and Digital Humanities.

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