Julie Lang


I am a member of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group and the Glasgow Medical Humanities network.


Research Interests

  • End of life decision-making
  • Autoethnography as a methodology
  • The form and use of memoir
  • Narratives of dying and death
  • Medical humanities



Email: j.lang.2@research.gla.ac.uk

University of Glasgow, Dumfries Campus, Rutherford/McCowan Building, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4ZL, Scotland


Thesis Working Title

Representing chosen death: how writers depict physician-assisted death and suicide.



My subject is chosen or requested death and I will examine how writers, in the broadest sense, address issues of physician-assisted dying and suicide. I will investigate non-fiction and imaginative literature, film, television and other media sources. In addition, as a creative writing component of my work, I will use autoethnographic methodology and other literary techniques to critique a piece of personal writing that chronicles the circumstances that led to a chosen death. I hope that this work will lead to a better understanding of the reasons why some individuals, in certain situations, prefer to have the choice about how and when their lives should end. I also hope that it will raise awareness of the need for more open discussion about end-of-life decision-making.




I am Scottish, and I have lived within two miles of the Clyde for most of my life. I worked as a physiotherapist in the NHS, in Glasgow, for forty years, as a manager, educator and specialist clinician, caring for adults and children with pelvic floor dysfunction. I am an activist for changing Scottish legislation on end-of-life decision making. I have an MSc Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University (2004), an MA Honours English Literature (First Class 2017) and an MLitt (2018) from the University of Glasgow.