dr. (Mélodine) M.C.M. Sommier

Assistant Professor Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Department of Media and Communication
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Latest academic publication

M.C.M. Sommier & A.S. Roiha (2018). Dealing with Culture in Schools: A Small-Step Approach Towards Anti-racism in Finland. In A. Alemanji (Ed.), Antiracism Education In and Out of Schools (pp. 103-124). London: Palgrave Macmillan[go to publisher's site]

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Mélodine Sommier works as an Assistant Professor in Intercultural Communication at the department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University.

Before joining the department in September 2016, Mélodine was a doctoral candidate at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Mélodine did her B.A. studies in France and the United Kingdom, and her M.A. studies in Finland.

In her dissertation, she used a critical intercultural communication framework to examine representations of secularism as part of the French national imaginary in newspaper texts. Her main research interests include critical and discursive approaches within the field of intercultural communication, identity issues, anti-racism education, and migration and acculturation processes. Mélodine has published several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, and presented her work at international conferences. She has also worked as an editorial assistant for the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research since 2013.


      • M.C.M. Sommier (2018, februari 9). Constructing symbolic boundaries in the aftermaths of terrorist attacks: An in-depth analysis of Facebook user’s comments following the Paris attacks in November 2015. Ghent, Belgium, ETMAAL.
      • M.C.M. Sommier (2017, oktober 26). Expressions of race and racism online. Jyväskylä, ETMU (The Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration) Conference.
      • A.S. Roiha & M.C.M. Sommier (2017, november 11). CLIL-opetuksen vaikutukset kieliasenteisiin ja kulttuurienväliseen tietoisuuteen: Entisten oppilaiden näkemyksiä [The effect of CLIL education on language attitudes and intercultural awareness: Former pupils’ perceptions]. Turku, Finland, AFinLa (Finnish Association for Applied Linguistics).
      • M.C.M. Sommier (2016, november 11). Representations of individuals in discourses of laïcité from Le Monde: Confirming or challenging the republican framework of identity? Prague, Czech Republic, European Communication Research and Education Association.
      • J. Kędra & M.C.M. Sommier (2016, november 8). Against compassion fatigue: Children in the visual coverage of the “refugee crisis”. Prague, Czech Republic, Prague Media Point: Media and Migration Conference.
      • M.C.M. Sommier (2016, oktober 7). Going beyond “national cultures” in intercultural communication teaching. Tampere, Finland, Finnish Speech Communication Association Conference.
  • Assistant Professor

    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
    Department of Media and Communication
    The Netherlands


Visiting address

Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam