“I know it as I know that my name is L.W.”
(Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty , § 328)
Name: Luigi Walt.
Birth year: 1975.
Provenance: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.
How I spend my life: I work as a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies “Beyond Canon” (CASBC), University of Regensburg, Germany, where I enjoy practicing the noble art of the footnote (in all of its variants: bibliography, commentary, cross-referencing, digression, scribble etc.). For further details, you can look at my tedious Research Portfolio.
Research interests: I am (or supposed to be) an historian of religion specialising in New Testament and Early Christian Studies. My research work focuses on the letters of Paul, the early Jesus tradition, and the dynamics of composition, transmission, and reception of early Jewish and Christian texts in the wider context of ancient media culture. I also have a keen interest in questions relating to the cultural history of the Bible, as well as in issues of method and theory in the comparative study of religion.
Academic degree: Ph.D. in “Religious Studies: Social Sciences and Historical Studies of Religions” (University of Bologna, 2008).
Professional ethics: Following Jonathan Z. Smith, I am convinced that the first task of the historian is to complicate rather than simplify – and nowhere more so than in the study of religion. Historians should strive to celebrate “the diversity of manners, the variety of species, the opacity of things.”
Academic affiliations: Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne (AELAC), Centro Italiano di Studi Superiori sulle Religioni / Italian Centre for Advanced Studies on Religions (CISSR), European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS), European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), Societas Spinozana (SocSpi), Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).