The Frog under the Tongue

Polish-Jewish medical traditions with Dr Marek Tuszewicki and Prof François Guesnet (Chair)

The Frog under the Tongue

Source: Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies

This event is co-organised with the UCL Institute of Jewish Studies

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 18:00 – 19:00 BST on Zoom

In his pioneering study in the history of popular medicine, Marek Tuszewicki investigates Jews as active participants in shaping the healing practices of eastern Europe. This wide-ranging survey of sources in Yiddish, Hebrew, and many other languages fills a gap in the study of folk medicine in eastern Europe while also shedding light on little-known aspects of Ashkenazi culture and on cross-cultural contacts between Jews and their neighbours.

It has been shortlisted by The Folklore Society for the Katharine Briggs Award 2021.

Dr. Marek Tuszewicki is a Deputy Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies, Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Much of his research and teaching focuses on language and culture of the Ashkenaz, particularly in their relation towards modernity. In 2014 received a Ph.D. in History from the Jagiellonian University and a year later published the book: Frog under the Tongue: Folk Medicine of Ashkenazi Jews (in Polish, later in English). He authored numerous articles devoted to the Ashkenazi popular culture, as well as his own book of Yiddish poetry Fun beyde zaytn shpigl.

François Guesnet is Professor in Modern Jewish History in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London. He is also the Chair of the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies, and the co-chair of the editorial board of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry. He holds a PhD in Modern History from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg im Breisgau, and specializes in the early modern and 19th century history of Eastern European, and more specifically, Polish Jews. He has published widely on Polish-Jewish history. Forthcoming is vol. 34 of Polin. Studies in Polish Jewry, co-edited with Antony Polonsky, on Jewish Self-government in Eastern Europe (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2022) and Sources on Jewish Self-government in the Polish Lands from Its Inception to the Present (Brill, 2022).

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