Mélodine Sommier works as an Assistant Professor in Intercultural Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Her research concentrates on the use of culture as a discursive and an interactional resource, in particular regarding the conflation of culture with dimensions such as race and religion and outcomes regarding the production of difference. Her strong expertise in the field of intercultural communication and command of critical approaches within that field are particularly valuable for this special issue. Mélodine is co-founder and co-chair of the temporary working group on Intercultural Communication & Diversity within the Netherlands-Flemish communication association (NeFCA) and vice-chair of the International and Intercultural Communication (IIC) division within the European communication association (ECREA).
Alex Frame has been working as an associate professor in Communication Science at the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France) for the last 9 years, where he set up and now runs the MA course in Intercultural Management with David Bousquet. He is a member of the TIL (“Texte, Image, Langage”) research group (EA 4182), where he specialises in critical approaches to intercultural communication. He has published several books (a monography and several collective volumes), journal issues, articles and chapters in the field of intercultural communication.
David Bousquet has been working as an associate professor in English Studies and Modern Languages at the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France) since 2014. He co-supervises the MA course in Intercultural Management with Alex Frame. He is a member of the TIL (“Texte, Image, Langage”) research group (EA 4182), where he specializes in postcolonial studies, cultural studies and sociolinguistics. He has been working on the question of cultural identities, “métissage” and creolization in the postcolonial world and is interested in the possible convergence between this theoretical framework and critical approaches to intercultural communication.
We are a group of enthusiastic Intercultural Management (ICM) students, and all have various cultures & backgrounds. ICM is an English-taught MA course for internationally mobile and open-minded students from around the world, who are interested in diversity and intercultural communication. As we are all highly interested into interculturality, we are very excited to help organizing this event!