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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Research Student List

Mr Fredrik Nyman, BA, MA, AFHEA

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1. Biography

Fredrik Nyman was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. He joined the Department of Anthropology at Durham University in October 2016, where he is studying for a PhD in the Wellcome Trust-funded project "Life of Breath" located in the Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH). His doctoral research will explore how people with chronic breathlessness and lung disease use support groups to self-manage their respiratory conditions. Ethnographic fieldwork was initiated in April 2017 and has primarily been conducted with support groups in Bishop Auckland, Darlington and South Shields, alongside subsidiary visits in Newcastle upon Tyne and Sheffield. Fieldwork is set to finish in July 2018.

After finishing his BA in Social Anthropology (2010-2013) at Stockholm University, Sweden, he later obtained his MA in Social Anthropology (2013-2015), also at Stockholm 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.

2. Teaching

When Fredrik arrived at Durham for the 2016/17 academic year he also took on the role of Teaching Assistant. He assisted in three undergraduate modules across two departments at Durham University: People and Cultures and Cultures and Classifications in the Department of Anthropology, as well as Medicine in the Community (Phase 1, Medicine MBBS) in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. For the 2018/19 academic year, he will be teaching in the undergraduate module Health, Illness and Society in the Department of Anthropology.

Fredrik finished the Durham University Learning and Teaching Award (DULTA) in October 2017, which enabled him to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) in the UK. He is currently enrolled in the PGCAP Module 2 (Student learning as a basis for reflexive practice) in the Centre for Academic Practice, where he works to develop his teaching skills and become a Fellow of the HEA.

3. Conference and Other Contributions

Panels organised
  • (2017) “Sensations and Symptoms: Embodied Experiences and Responses to Illness" (w/ Dr Christina Dobson). EASA Medical Anthropology Network Biennial Conference. University of Lisbon, Portugal, July 5-7.

Papers presented (Selected)
  • (2018) “Living from experience: Studying support groups for people with chronic lung disease in the North of England.” X Medical Anthropology at Home (MAAH) Conference. Rovira i Virgili University, Spain, October 18-21.

  • (2018) “Living from experience: Studying chronic lung disease in the North of England.” Biennial Conference of the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, September 4-5.

  • (2018) “‘Breathing together’: Studying support groups for people with chronic breathlessness in northern England.” Durham Annual Postgraduate Conference. Durham University, United Kingdom, April 24.

  • (2018) “‘Shifting conditions’: Doing ethnography of a support group in transition.” Advanced Workshop for Anthropological Research on Health, Medicine and Wellbeing. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, April 16-17. (Won “Best Speaker” Award)

4. Podcasts

5. Publications

Book reviews
Online writing

6. Research Groups

Department of Anthropology:
Institute for Medical Humanities:

7. Research Accolades

  • 2018: Ustinov College ArkLight Research & Travel Award
  • 2016: Wellcome Trust PhD Studentship in Medical Humanities ('Life of Breath')

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