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Dr. Matthew Evan Davis currently serves as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Lewis and Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship at McMaster University. Prior to this he was a Lindsey Young Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Tennessee's Marco Institute and served as the Council for Library and Information Resources/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies at North Carolina State University. While at North Carolina State he worked as part of the team on two similar projects — the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive and the Siege of Jerusalem Electronic Archive, as well the Manuscript DNA project and the Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance, an aggregator and discussion space for digital scholarly and cultural heritage work regarding the Middle Ages.

His interest in Lydgate began with a visit to the Clopton chantry chapel for his dissertation work on the varying significations of Mary Magdalene during the fifteenth century in East Anglia. Once there, he found the connections between the art, architecture, and verses on the chapel walls fascinating and reminscent of the ways in which text and decoration work together in illuminated manuscripts. The added performative dimension of the chapel as a religious space and the display of the decoration in three dimensions sparked an in interest in the poems depicted there, which eventually grew into the goal of the present archive: to document all of Lydgate's minor works.

Besides his work on Lydgate, Dr. Davis also works on the staging practices of medieval drama, cultural transmission through translation and reception, the history of the book, and material and digital curation as a means of preserving both the material object and the connections between the object, the content contained by that object, and its cultural milieu.

His CV may be seen here, and he may be contacted via email at editor@minorworksoflydgate.net.