Markha Valenta is a scholar, teacher and writer in the Netherlands. She holds an appointment at University College Utrecht in the department of Social Sciences, where she is developing community engaged learning related to issues of (migrant) sanctuary, planetary cultural politics, and urban nature. Her current research addresses public religion in democracies; the US Sanctuary movement, and religious building in world cities. Her work is interdisciplinary and comparative, with a focus on Western Europe, North America and India. She has also worked for the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) and is a regular participant in Dutch debates on these issues. She has a column at openDemocracy, entitled Inter Alia, for the discussion of politics, religion and culture.
Trump is outrageous – but US foreign policy is the killer
Trump’s assassination of Qessim Soleimani follows a policy of international lawlessness that has been supported by...
Banning a burqa that doesn't exist – the cowardice of Dutch politics and the courage of those who resist
A law directed at a few hundred women simultaneously distils and energizes the much more comprehensive Islamophobia...
John McCain: on mourning a principled man … of violence
To McCain – with consequences for all of us – the Vietnam war was a memory of violence done to himself and other...
Education of global citizens
Religion and secularism
The Dutch elections – making sense of its fractures
It was the al Qaeda attacks in 2001, followed in quick succession by two political murders, that completely altered...