University of Birmingham: New online research database set to boost battle against COVID-19. “Launched today, the international open-access database for ongoing research activity COVID CORPUS aims to encourage collaboration and reduce duplication between researchers across all academic disciplines working on Covid-19 research. Through its easy-to-use interface, the database will allow researchers and funders around the globe to coordinate, collaborate and network to help shape the most effective and efficient response to COVID-19 and its many impacts.”
University of Birmingham: Recovering the text of the earliest Greek New Testament Commentary manuscript. “The manuscript first came to scholarly attention two hundred years ago this year, when it was presented to a British dignitary on the Greek island of Zakynthos. On the face of it, the manuscript is a lectionary containing the portions of the gospels used in Christian worship throughout the year. However, this twelfth-century document is a palimpsest, created by erasing the ink from an earlier manuscript in order to re-use the parchment to make another book. The original text is a commentary on the Gospel according to Luke known as a catena, bringing together extracts from early Christian writers which explain the biblical text. However, given the overwriting of the manuscript and the fading of the ink, much of the commentary is unreadable to the naked eye.”
University of Birmingham: University of Birmingham to launch online database of musical works inspired by French poet Charles Baudelaire. “The project, which started in 2015 and will end later this year, has researched all the song settings available to date of the 200+ poems written by the leading nineteenth-century French author who died over 150 years ago. The new database will contain over 1,600 songs in 25 different languages, and 40 different musical styles, from death metal to classical mélodie.” The database launches March 15th.
University of Birmingham: University of Birmingham Research sheds light on Early Stuart England pamphleteering. “Hundreds of handwritten pamphlets detailing the news, politics, intrigue and scandals of pre-Civil War Britain are now at academics, history buffs, teachers and students’ fingertips thanks to a project led by University of Birmingham historian Dr Noah Millstone.”