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Department of Anthropology

Research Student List

Mr Fredrik Nyman, BA, MA, AFHEA

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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 study for a PhD in the Wellcome Trust-funded project "Life of Breath" located in the Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH). His doctoral research will explore how people with chronic breathlessness and lung disease use support groups to self-manage their respiratory conditions. Fieldwork will be conducted amongst support groups in Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Newcastle upon Tyne, Sheffield and South Shields.

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.

Conference and Other Contributions

Panels organised

  • (2017) Sensations and Symptoms: Embodied Experiences and Responses to Illness. Co-convened and co-coordinated together with Dr Christina Dobson. EASA Medical Anthropology Network Biennial Conference. University of Lisbon, 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 (Medical Anthropology Research Centre), 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 (Department of Anthropology), United Kingdom, April 24.
  • (2018) “‘Shifting conditions’: Doing ethnography of a support group in transition”. 2nd Advanced Workshop for Anthropological Research on Health, Medicine and Wellbeing. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, April 16-17. (Won “Best Speaker” Award)



Book reviews

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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