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Mr Fredrik Nyman, BA, MA (Stockholm)

Contact Mr Fredrik Nyman (email at fredrik.l.nyman@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

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 County Durham, as well as in 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)

  • (2017) Taking sociality and locality as seriously as we do ‘bio’: Early thoughts on the biosocial aspects of support groups for people with chronic breathlessness in northern England. Inaugural Congress of Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research. Durham University, September 14-15.
  • (2017) “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) “Breathing is something they have to think about”: The sensations of respiratory needs that are not (or cannot be) met by existing social institutions (a rehearsal). 2nd Annual Wolfson Early Stage Researcher Conference. Durham University, June 12.
  • (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.

Podcasts

Publications

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.

Research Interests

  • Biosociality
  • Breath, breathing and breathlessness
  • Chronic illness
  • Health anthropology
  • Lung disease
  • Medical anthropology
  • Patient activism and advocacy
  • Public health interventions
  • Stigma
  • Support groups

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