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Department of Anthropology

Research Student List

Mr Fredrik Nyman, BA, MA (Stockholm)

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Fredrik Nyman was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. He joined the Department of Anthropology at Durham University in October 2016, where he will undertake a PhD in the Wellcome Trust funded project “Life of Breath” located at the Centre for Medical Humanities in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. His supervision will be divided 50:50 between the Department of Anthropology and the Centre for Medical Humanities. His doctoral research will explore the embodied experiences of people who live with chronic breathlessness and lung disease in the North East and Yorkshire, and how they self-manage their lung conditions while also searching for mutual assistance and affirmation as to satisfy common needs.

After finishing his BA in Social Anthropology (2010-2013) at Stockholm University, Sweden, he received his MA in Social Anthropology (2013-2015) at the same university with the thesis: “From Deadly Disease to Chronic Condition: A Study of the Gay Casualties in the ‘War on AIDS’ in Sweden”. This thesis explored HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Sweden, focusing on how gay and bisexual men historically have been associated and blamed for the spread of the HIV virus in Sweden.

He is also skilled in academic podcasting. When he was a student at Stockholm University, he partook in establishing a master’s student podcast named “AnthroTalking”. Additionally, he is a peer reviewer for Student Anthropologist: The Journal of the National Association of Student Anthropologists and the Journal of Research in Sickness and Society (Tidsskrift for Forskning i Sygdom og Samfund).

Conference and Other Contributions


  • 'Post-Crisis' in a Not so Liberal State: Understanding the New Dilemmas of HIV/AIDS in Contemporary Sweden. Presented at the IX Medical Anthropology at Home (MAAH) Conference. University of Tromsø, June 2-5, 2016.
  • Doing Ethnography on Public Health with Limited Access: Applying ‘Studying Through’ When the Health Authorities Turn You Down. Presented at ESA PhD and Early Scholars Workshop: “Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research: New insights for the study of health and illness.” Universidade Nova de Lisboa, May 18, 2016.
  • Gay Men, the ‘Dispensable’ Ones: The Politics of HIV and Contradictive Care in Sweden. Presented at the Anthropological Association of Ireland (AAI) Annual Conference. The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, March 15-16, 2016.


  • From Moral Laws to ‘Exclusion’ of Morality: Narratives of a Moralist Stance in Swedish HIV Prevention. Presented at the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) Annual Conference. University of Melbourne, December 1-4, 2015.
  • Bodies at Risk and “Unsafe Identities”: Legislative Regulations Affecting Gay Men and Other Prevention Groups with the Advent of HIV in Sweden. Presented at MAGic 2015 (organised by the EASA Medical Anthropology Network and the RAI Medical Anthropology Committee). University of Sussex, September 9-11, 2015.
  • From Deadly Disease to Chronic Condition: A Study of the Gay Casualties in the ‘War on AIDS’ in Sweden. Presented at the 3rd Baltic Summer School of Anthropology. Cēsis (Latvia), August 20-23, 2015.
  • HIV in contemporary Sweden: the anthropologist’s position and duties in relation to risks and the “right kind” of knowledge (in Swedish). Presented at the Swedish Anthropological Association (SANT) Annual Conference. Lund University, April 17-19, 2015.

Research Groups

Selected Grants

  • 2016: Wellcome Trust PhD Studentship in Medical Humanities ('Life of Breath').
  • 2015: Swedish Anthropological Association Conference Grant, awarded by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography.

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