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And that is your chance

Dr Cristina Blanco Sío-López  |  19 de octubre 2019  

'Alpine Navigation illuminates two of mankind’s most daring navigational challenges–unforgiving mountain peaks and the wild open sea. On one side of this piece,  a young man picks through the remains of a schooner smashed on the rocks, his counterpart gazes from atop a high alpine cliff to the raging waves below.' 

Rob Gonçalves (2017), Alpine Navigation. Marcus Ashley Art Gallery (accessed 15/09/2019)

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.

 

Gold,

 

dust,

 

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.

Pejac (2018), Gentle Rain. From the author's Instagram page (accessed 15/09/2019).

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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