Dr Martha C.E. Van Der Bly is a sociologist, noted for her research on globalization, world society and fluid identity. Her research has won many awards, including awards granted by the Royal Irish Academy, the World Society Foundation (University of Zurich), the Prince Bernhard Culture Foundation and the Boekman Foundation. In her research, she explores what we share instead of what divides us.

Van Der Bly obtained a PhD in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) at the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS) and a MA Sociology (cum laude) from the University of Groningen (RUG), The Netherlands.  

Van Der Bly is a Research Associate at the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) at the University of Amsterdam. She held positions as a Garnett Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Studies (ISS) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Visiting Fellow of the at the London School of Economics (LSE), an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the Department of Sociology of City University, London.



Dr. Martha Van Der Bly is an imaginative sociologist, actress and filmmaker who speaks about issues related to art, globalisation, the Holocaust, (national) identity, world society and Future Studies.

Martha has spoken at venues and events such as the International Sociological Association (ISA), the World Society Foundation in Zürich, the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, USA, the Catholic Association of Performing Artists (CAAPA) in London. the Central Libray Amsterdam (OBA), de Raad voor de Kunsten (Art Council) in The Hague and Felix Mertitis in Amsterdam.

Martha’s thoughtfully tailored lectures combine analytical understanding of global society with artistic imagination, philosophical insight into the long duree of humanity’s development, a clear outline of the choices we are facing today and inspiring the audience to think about a new world society that is built on common humanity and our shared vulnerability.

Some of the topics Martha has spoken about include:

Romantic Globalisation – a Paradigm Shift Replacing Global Capitalism with Love

Global Cities and the Creation of a Global Fluid Identity

Documenting the Holocaust in a Transitional Context: From Living Memory to History –  Against the Backdrop of an Erosion of the Post-War World Order

Explaining the Rise of Populism: The Mechanisms of Dominant Globalization and Cultural Polarisation

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