Ghada Habib


My project presents John Akomfrah’s audio-visual practice as a singular, sustained effort to think critically about the political potency of experimental filmmaking— specifically, its capacity for exploring British diasporic identity and staging postcolonial interventions. Studying his career with a focus on major works produced for television, festival screening, and museums and galleries, I explore how Akomfrah’s essay films use the technique of montage to challenge dominant national narratives and interrogate the relationship between politics and aesthetics.

The project is supported by the AHRC funded doctoral training partnership, White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities.

Research interests

My interests include aethetics and politics, diasporic history and identity, the essay film, moving image, and post-colonial and feminist perspectives.


  • MA History of Art, University of Leeds (2017)
  • BA (Hons) English Literature, University College London (2013)