Outlander is a major TV series based on the historical fantasy novels of Diana Gabaldon, combining time travel with 18th-century Scottish politics and post-war British and American culture. The globally successful series has triggered huge interest in Scotland and its history, and Outlander's cultural impact continues to grow as it moves into its fifth season.


While hundreds of events are held around the world for Outlander fans and thousands of media articles ponder its reach and appeal, there has not yet been an event which takes an academic approach to the series and brings together the multiple areas of expertise involved in its creation. The University of Glasgow plans to do just this: it will host a major international Outlander conference in 2020 which will offer the chance to debate, discuss and dissect the elements that make up this remarkable phenomenon. The University is best placed to host this conference given it has acted as a location for filming Outlander and several of our academic staff have been involved in the series as researchers, advisors and even cast members.


Through a range of events that will be open to academic researchers and the public, the aim of the Outlander Conference Glasgow 2020 is to further the exchange of information and knowledge surrounding Outlander, both books and TV series, ensuring its far-reaching and long-lasting impact as a remarkable socio-cultural phenomenon.



Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world. As one of the top 100 of the world’s universities, we deliver world-class, world-changing research and education with impact. The University has around 29,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from more than 140 countries worldwide studying with us. It also has a global community of over 219,000 alumni and is a major employer in the city of Glasgow more than 8,000 staff, including more than 3,400 research and teaching staff.

The University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK Universities with annual research income of more than £179m.  At our main campus situated in the west end of Glasgow, the University is currently investing £1bn in our estate to create spaces and opportunities that will allow us to remain at the forefront of change excellence and innovation.


The Outlander Conference Glasgow 2020 is organised by staff and postgraduate students of the University of Glasgow with a professional interest in Outlander and related academic fields.


Áine Allardyce, Communications Officer, Communications & Public Affairs Office 

Casi Dylan, Cultural Activities Co-ordinator, School of Culture & Creative Arts Administration Office  

Jesper Ericsson, Curator of Numismatics, The Hunterian 

Dr Dimitra Fimi, Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature, School of Critical Studies 

Manon Haag, PhD student, Film & Television Studies, School of Culture & Creative Arts 

Juliette Irretier, PhD student, Film & Television Studies, School of Culture & Creative Arts 

Dr Lisa Kelly, Lecturer in Theatre, Film & Television Studies 

Dr Guillaume Lecomte, Lecturer in French, School of Modern Languages and Cultures 

Jean Lindsay, Deputy Director, Conferences & Events  

Gillebrìde MacMillan, Lecturer in Celtic & Gaelic, School of Humanities 

Prof Willy MaleyProfessor of Renaissance Studies, School of Critical Studies  

Marie Meechan, Head of School Administration, School of Critical Studies 

Lee Scott, Visitor Experience Manager, The Hunterian