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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 study for a PhD in the Wellcome Trust-funded project “Life of Breath” located in the Centre for Medical Humanities. His supervision will be divided 50:50 between the Department of Anthropology and the Centre for Medical Humanities. His doctoral research will explore the lived and embodied experiences of people who live with chronic breathlessness and lung disease in the North East and Yorkshire in England, and address how they practise and manage lay self-care of their conditions while also searching for mutual aid and assistance in order 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

Panels organised

  • 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, 2017.

Papers presented

  • “Breathing is something they have to think about”: The sensations of respiratory needs that are not (or cannot be) met by existing social institutions. EASA Medical Anthropology Network Biennial Conference. University of Lisbon, July 5-7, 2017.
  • An anthropology of breath and breathing: Accounts and responses to the British Lung Foundation’s ‘Battle for Breath’ report. Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) Annual Student Conference. Durham University, April 20-22, 2017.
  • “Breathlessness is a symptom, not a disease”: Embodied experiences and responses to chronic breathlessness in the North East. 1st Advanced Workshop for Anthropological Research on Health, Medicine and Wellbeing. Durham University, March 22-23, 2017.
  • ‘Post-Crisis’ in a Not so Liberal State: Understanding the New Dilemmas of HIV/AIDS in Contemporary Sweden. 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. European Sociological Association (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. 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. 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. MAGic 2015 (organised by EASA Medical Anthropology Network and 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 (the ‘abridged’ version). 3rd Baltic Summer School of Anthropology. Cēsis (Latvia), August 20-23, 2015.
  • Hiv i samtidens Sverige: antropologens position och plikter gentemot risker och den ”rätta” kunskapen (in Swedish). Swedish Anthropological Association (SANT) Annual Conference. Lund University, April 17-19, 2015.


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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