Cultural Events

Tuesday: Murder in Pacot

The film screening of Raoul Peck’s “Meurtre à Pacot” (“Murder in Pacot”) addresses a similar issue as the reading by Kettly Mars: The film deals with the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, which devastated Haiti and left more than 230.000 people dead. Devised in 2012 and shown at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2015, the film focusses on the attempts to rent out the intact parts of an old mansion to strangers in order to pay for renovation of the damaged parts of the building. As specialists from France encounter young Creoles, again, little is left standing intact.

The movie screening and discussion, led by Jörg Wenzel of the German-Jamaican Society (Tübingen), will take place at the Pavillon cultural venue (Lister Meile 4, 30161 Hannover) on the evening before the conference at 19:30. The event will be in English and German.

Wednesday: Reading by Kettly Mars

Cooperating with Literarischer Salon, a reading by Haitian author Kettly Mars will take place at Leibniz University: Wednesday, 14 October, 8:30 pm (seminar room 6, Königsworther Platz 1, 14th floor).

Presented by Dr. Julia Borst (University of Bremen), Kettly Mars will be presenting her most recent novel, "Je suis vivant". The novel addresses the life of a well-to-do familily from Port-au-Prince in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. The disaster renders the building of a mental institution unsafe, prompting the patients to be sent back to their respective families. As Alexandre is sent back to the house he was expelled from decades ago, the entire stability of this affluent family and its values are called into question.

Reading languages will be French and German. Interventions in English are welcome.

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Thursday: Public lecture by Jean Stubbs

On Thursday, 15 October, a public lecture by Prof. Jean Stubbs will take place at the conference venue (7:30 pm).  

Friday: Jamaica for Sale

We are pleased to announce that award winning Jamaican filmmaker and acclaimed author Esther Figueroa will be screening her film “Jamaica for Sale” (2008) at the conference venue: Friday, 13:30-15:00.

Esther Figueroa owns a Ph.D. in linguistics and has over thirty years of experience in television, documentaries, multimedia and feature films. “Jamaica for Sale” addresses how the Caribbean’s extreme economic dependency on tourism affects other more traditional ways of making a living. As the film’s website explains, this creates a situation in which “the small scale economies of the Caribbean get further mired down in debt, while being unable to compete with the massive engines of globalization” (see

During the “fiesta” at Restaurant Boca Chica (Friday, 21:00), you will get to know Esther as an author, as she will be presenting some of her writing as well.

She will also appear as a speaker on the “Environment and Sustainability” plenary (Wednesday, 17:00).