Navigating Schengen: Spain and the Historical Building of the EU's Free Movement of Persons from 1985
This presentation will critically analyse the role of Spain in interaction with the multilevel European Union (EU) institutions' players in articulating resilient responses to evolving modes of exclusion since the inception of the Schengen Area in 1985. Furthermore, it will aim to recover empowering historical critiques towards the so-called 'Schengen Laboratory' which could be relevant today to find inclusive ways of responding to the asylum and migration external dimension challenges currently being posed with regards to the EU free movement of persons.
In short, this contribution aspires to enable an active principle retracing of intellectual heritage elements of the free movement of persons which constitute democratically enabling shared values for citizens and residents in the European Union and beyond.
Cristina Blanco Sío-López is Santander Fellow in Iberian and European Studies 2017-2018 at the European Studies Centre – St. Antony’s College of the University of Oxford, where she works on a research project dedicated to the role of Spain in the History of the EU’s Free Movement of Persons. She is also Associate Established Researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC) – New University of Lisbon, European Commission Expert at the EU Research Executive Agency (REA) and Full Member – 2017 Laureate of the Global Young Academy (GYA). She was recently Visiting Lecturer at the University of Lille and at the University of Perugia, Scholar in Residence at the Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence (JMEUCE) of the University of Pittsburgh and Invited Expert at Shanghai University -上海大学. She previously worked as Established Researcher in European Studies and Principal Investigator at the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l'Europe – University of Luxembourg, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) and the US Congress. She holds a PhD in European Integration History from the European University Institute (EUI) and 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.