Alan Kurdi: A Frame of the Migration Crisis

Temitope S Bodunrin* (Corresponding Author)

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This paper examines the migration crisis through the iconic imagery of Alan Kurdi which sparked numerous interest in the topic of migration of refugees and asylum seekers. While the topic on refugees and migration has been an existing issue, this paper discusses how a single photograph was able to increase outsider interest. It covers the emotiveness of the photograph and its ability to personify the topic on migration. It then covers how frames are effective in constructing the
perception of imagery and how it can transmit emotion. This paper hence showcases the framing theory and how Alan Kurdi’s photograph has served as an iconic frame for the migration crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-24
Number of pages6
JournalGranite Journal: The University of Aberdeen Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018


  • Alan Kurdi
  • refugee
  • migration
  • framing theory
  • visual imagery


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