Nancy Nzeyimana Cyizere

PHD candidate
Secretariat : Marie-Laure Trudel 33(0) 1 56 06 22 82

Research field(s)

Ongoing PhD dissertation (since October 2020): The matrix of black people's vulnerability to disease: the case of HIV/AIDS in Île-de-France and Occitanie

My doctoral project (sociology) examines the vulnerabilities to HIV infection and viral hepatitides of people considered black in France (Hexagone), those with the "shared social experience according to the socially negative marker of black skin, without implying common cultural ties or institutional recognition" (Ndiaye, 2009, p. 65). My dissertation thus seeks to describe and analyze the materiality of racialization as black in the French context and its influence on the driving factors of HIV transmission. The hypotheses guiding our research articulate two dimensions for a comprehensive and cross-cutting approach:

  • (i) individuals’ sociodemographic characteristics as elements that can impact their living conditions, their exposure to HIV infection and their access to care;

  • (ii) and the dimensions of life (marital, professional, social) that contextualize their affective and sexual experiences, but also administrative and health experiences.

  • Methods
  • semi-structured interviews;

  • direct field observations;

  • literature review.

  • Key words
    Sexual and reproductive health; HIV; AIDS; social inequalities in health; racial minoritization; access to health care; Black studies; France.

    PhD supervision
    Doctoral School Temps, Espaces, Sociétés, Cultures à l’Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès.
  • Virginie Rozée, HDR → Research Unit 14 : Sexual and reproductive Health and Rights (UR14) at the Institut national d’études démographiques.

  • Julie Jarty → Research Centre on Work Organizations and Policies (CERTOP) at the Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès.