NeFCA’s Division Intercultural Communication & Diversity, together with the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication, and Culture (ERMeCC), organized an interactive workshop entitled ‘Who is one of “us”? Social markers of acceptance and creating more inclusive societies for migrants’, which took place at Erasmus University Rotterdam on October 18th, 2022. Around 15 participants from Radboud University Nijmegen, Eindhoven University of Technology, and Erasmus University Rotterdam joined the event.

The guest speaker, Dr. Adam Komisarof of Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), first held a keynote lecture about social markers of immigrant acceptance, and their relevance for research on migration, minority representations and intercultural communication. This presentation enabled participants to understand the theoretical underpinnings of the social markers, and how they can be used in social science research. Dr. Komisarof also discussed outcomes of his own studies, presenting which social markers are considered important in the context of different migrant groups in Japan, as well as other countries around the globe.

After his opening talk, Dr. Komisarof led an interactive discussion with the participants on the role of social markers in media and communication research, and how they might be applied to their own work. The afternoon ended with an opportunity to socialize at EUR’s campus pavilion.