The Committees


Deputy Prime Minister & Foreign Minister of Ireland

Comité d’honneur

Mr Peter Ackroyd CBE
novelist and biographer
Mr Gerald Barry
M. Claude Beausoleil
M. Pierre Bergé
Président, Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent
Mr Gyles Brandreth
writer and broadcaster
Professor Gerald Dawe
Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing
Dr Patricia Donlon
Director, National Library of Ireland, 1989-1997
Frédéric Ferney
writer, essayist and literary  journalist
Mr Stephen Fry
actor and writer
The Hon. Victoria Glendinning CBE
biographer and novelist
Ms Maggi Hambling
Sir David Hare
Ms Garry Hynes
theatre director
Mr Thomas Kilroy
 writer, academic & dramatist
M. Pierre Laville
theatre director
Mr Barry McGovern
Mr Derek Mahon
Mr John Montague
M. Patrice Philippe
Mayor of Berneval-le-Grand
Dr Michael Ryan
former Director of the Chester Beatty Library; former President of the Royal Irish Academy
Professor Daniel Salvatore Schiffer
philosopher, cultural critic and essayist
Mr Will Self
Ms Miranda Seymour
literary critic, novelist, and biographer
Mr Colm Tóibín
novelist and dramatist
Ms Elizabeth Wassell
Mr Edmund White
critic and novelist
Ms Sylvia Whitman
Proprietor, Shakespeare and Company
Mr John Wyse Jackson


Organising & Advisory Committees

This committee divides into the organising body, responsible for the overall creation and running of the Wilde Festival, and the advisory body, the expertise of its members to be drawn upon.  The first group (marked *) is Paris based, the second (marked †) drawn from a wider geographical spread.

David Rose (convenor)*, Brendan Culleton†, Ana de Morais*, Michael Patrick Gillespie†, Danielle Guérin*, Caroline Hancock*, Alan Hart*, Peter Isackson*, Christine Kinealy†, Christa-Maria Lerm-Hayes†, Jacob Mayne*, Audrey McNamara†, Bénédicte Prot*, Emmanuelle Pruvost*, Emma Röhsler*, C. George Sandulescu†. [This list may be extended]

  • Ana de Morais was born in Lisbon and studied in Portugal and the UK.  She has lived in Lisbon, Oxford, and London and for the past six years in Paris, where she works for the Société Generale in the Capital Markets division as Client Relationship Manager for Spain, Italy and Portugal.  Ana has a D.Phil in Engineering /Materials Science from the University of Oxford, M.Eng from the Technical University of Lisbon, and is a member of the Oxford University Alumni Committee in Paris, responsible for Visual Arts events.  She is also Managing Partner in a Wine Importer ‘L’Art en Bouteille’, focusing on Port Wines.
  • Michael Patrick Gillespie is currently a Professor of English at Florida International University and the Director of the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment.  He has written eleven books (on the works of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, William Kennedy, Chaos Theory, and Irish Film) and two monographs and has edited six other works, including two volumes in the Norton Critical Edition of authors.  He has also written sixty-six articles and book chapters relating to English and Irish studies.  He has been on the advisory boards of a half dozen scholarly journals, and has served as a reader for thirteen university presses. He has received fellowships or grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Humanities Research Center, the William Andrews Clark Library, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, and Marquette University. Gillespie has been on the Board of Trustees of the International James Joyce Foundation and on the Board of Consultants for the Zürich James Joyce Foundation.  He has been Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the American Conference for Irish Studies.  He is the first American recipient of the Fanning Medal for distinguished work in Irish Studies.
  • Danielle Guérin read French and Law at Nanterre, before working for Radio France.  She is vice-president of the Société Oscar Wilde en France and editor of the journal of Wilde Studies, Rue des Beaux Arts.  She and Anne Ryan Hanafin will administer our theatre programme.
  • Caroline Hancock is an independent curator, writer and editor based in Paris. Recent exhibitions include Thinking Work and Working Thought with Charlotte Moth at the Maison des Métallos in Paris during the Biennale de Belleville, Houille blanche, Terre froide, with the Organe de concrétisation de recherches at Treignac Projet, Corrèze, sculpturations at the Abbaye de Fontevraud, De l’émergence du Phénix, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and Synchronicity in Paris and London co-curated with On The Roof.  She regularly writes on modern and contemporary art, lectures on the role of the curator and exhibition history, translates from English to French and French to English. Language, research, connectivity and transversal approaches to culture, media, time and place are at the centre of her practice. In 2008, she was awarded the Joanna Drew Travel Bursary to travel to Algeria and is currently researching related exhibition projects and exchanges.
  • Alan Hart organised the British Community in Paris exhibition for the centenary of the Entente Cordiale.  He is the author of Living & Working in Paris.
  • Peter Isackson is a native of California, educated at UCLA and Oxford. He has conducted his professional career principally in France where he has lived since 1972. He is an expert in pedagogy, intercultural strategies and skills, language learning, multimedia and eLearning, author of more than fifteen innovative multimedia courses. Over the past 15 years he has been active in three areas: creating, producing and publishing pedagogic multimedia, particularly in the field of language learning; developing e-learning systems and strategies; and consulting and collaboration on strategies for the development of intercultural skills.
  • Christine Kinealy was co-organiser of the conference ‘Who Owns the Legacy of Oscar Wilde?’ (Drew University, 1st & 2nd June 2012).  She is a full professor at Drew.  Her speciality is nineteenth-century Irish History, although she also teaches courses on British and European history of that period.  Prior to moving to the U.S.A., in addition to my other duties, she was a member of the Course Evaluation Panel (International) for the University of Central Lancashire, and was External Examiner for Irish Studies at a number of British and Irish universities.
  • Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Professor of Iconology at the University of Ulster, will curate our exhibition.  Her research interests focus on visual legacies of (Irish) writers (Joyce, Beckett, Sebald), while also considering the historiography of art (Warburg, Giedion-Welcker) and curation, especially the display of artwork that relates to literature (alternative literary exhibitions or museums).  Her publications include Joyce in Art: Visual Art Inspired by James Joyce (Lilliput 2004).  This book accompanied her exhibition on the same theme, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.  She has also curated exhibitions between contemporary art and literature for the Goethe Institut, Dublin; Tolstoy Estate, Yasnaya Polyana; MoA, Seoul, South Korea; Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast; City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland.
  • Jacob Mayne specialises in organisational change and innovation. He had 20 years’ experience at Unilever, with senior posts in business development, brand strategy, innovation and human resources in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. He is an executive and group coach and adjunct professor in change strategy at HEC Paris Executive Education, and a partner in the Paris branch of New Angles.
  • Audrey McNamara is a tutor in English and Drama at University College Dublin and was Director of the Shaw Conference at UCD, May 2012.
  • Bénédicte Prot read English literature at the Sorbonne and law at Oxford.  Currently a journalist at Cineuropa, she is in charge of our film programme.
  • Emmanuelle Pruvost, rédactrice et archiviste au cabinet du ministre de la défense, est fervente admiratrice de Wilde et membre actif de la Société Oscar Wilde.
  • Emma Röhsler read Modern History at Oxford.  She is a dual qualified (French-English) lawyer with Herbert Smith in Paris.
  • David Rose was over-educated at Magdalen College, Oxford; University College, Dublin; and Goldsmiths College, London, where he also taught late 19thc literature.  He founded the website THE OSCHOLARS in 2002, and is a co-founder and current President of the Société Oscar Wilde de France.  He has long experience in event and conference management, and in exhibition curation.
  • C. George Sandulescu is a founder of the Princess Grace Library in Monaco, where he directed the International Conference ‘Rediscovering Oscar Wilde’ in 1993.

Comité scientifique for the Conference

‘Tunde Awosanmi (Ibadan)
Elisa Bizzotto (Venice)
Colette Colligan (Simon Fraser)
Michael Davis (Lemoyne)
Petra Dierkes-Thrun (Stanford)
Emily Eells (Nanterre)
Irena Grubica (Rijeka)
Ilze Kacane (Daugavpils University)
Jarlath Killeen (Trinity College, Dublin)
Pascale Mc Garry (University College, Dublin)
Sandra Mayer (Vienna)
Michèle Mendelssohn (Mansfield College, Oxford)
Gilbert Pham-Than (Paris Nord)
Ignacio Ramos Gay (València)
Florina Tufescu (Bucharest)
Emmanuel Vernadakis (Angers)
MarieNoëlle Zeender (Nice-Sophia Antipolis)


3 Responses to The Committees

  1. Yasmin Wooldridge says:


  2. harsishava says:

    Where will the location or locations will be for this great event?

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