The image of a bloodied boy, Omran Daqneesh, allegedly taken during the siege of Aleppo in August 2016, became known as the 'Syrian boy in an ambulance'. The image became a symbol of civilian suffering in the city and quickly gained iconic status in the broader debate on the seige.
Whilst studying International Relations at NMBU, Lars Vetle Handeland took a close look at the interplay between this image and its interpretation, in the context of foreign policy.
Focusing on how this image was recieved in the Western press, Handeland addressed the significance of images in the Western debate surrounding the Syrian civil war. He did this by looking closely at the image's production, composition and aesthetic character, combined with an analysis of selected texts published in the wake of the image's publication.
The purpose of the study was to illustrate how the image was mobilized in the debate on the civil war in Syria, with a view to understanding which interpretations dominated the exchange of words in the Western press.
Read the article in Internasjonal Politikk:
Ikoner og aporier i den vestlige debatten om borgerkrigen i Syria
By Lars Vetle Handeland